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Greg-WittstockThe online networking panel discussion at the upcoming Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza will be interesting … and helpful to business people everywhere!

Here’s what panelist Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape the leading innovator in the water gardening business, says in a recent blog:

    “ … But today EVERYTHING has changed. With the convergence of technology and social media, how I and subsequently Aquascape interact with the world has changed. No longer do I need to go on the road to spread the good word of water features at seminars, lunch and learns, and over dinners with clients. Now I can preach their merits for contractors, retailers, and even consumers through our YouTube channel (4 million views and counting.) Today when a customer or a consumer has a question, compliment or complaint, I learn about it almost immediately from Facebook or Twitter. No longer do I need to talk on the phone or even email to respond to an individual when I can respond to them and the masses over social media.

    You know how big and far reaching the implications of being able to communicate in this fashion is for our business AND for yours?!”

Joining him on the panel with more helpful insights for your business and career are Bethany Hartley, director of marketing for Chicago’s Women’s Business Development Center, and Jeff Willinger, director of collaboration, social business and intranets at Rightpoint. Moderator will be Jim Treleaven, Ph.D., a multi-time CEO, an advisor to CEOs and adjunct facility member.

The “Complete Networking Experience” will also feature the merits of face-to-face networking by co-producer and nationally renowned speaker and author Lillian Bjorseth. Co-producer and master connector Jason Jacobsohn will pull together the values and benefits of both kinds of networking

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:30 pm – 8:45 pm
The Metropolitan Club, 233 S. Wacker, 67th Floor, Oak Room, Chicago
Cost: $60 pre-registration; $70 at the door
5:30 – 6:30 pm — Open Networking (Complimentary light buffet & cash bar)
6:30 – 8:15 pm — Program
8:15 – 8:45 pm — Open Networking

Contact Bjorseth at or Jacobsohn at if you have questions or would like to sponsor this one-of-a-kind event.

Click here to read the rest of Greg’s blog … and attend the GCNE to hear much more from him!


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