Our Mission

Most entrepreneurs are told they need to network, but few learn how to network in a way that feels natural to them and prioritizes long-term relationships. We work to fill that gap. At Networking and Connecting, we aim to not only provide a wide variety of opportunities to learn the “how to” and “where to” for networking success but also equip entrepreneurs to initiate and nurture relationships through online education, strategic consultations, and local workshops.

Our Networking Philosophy

There’s no such thing as a wasted meeting. You never know who another person may be connected to, so it’s important to lead with value in order to make a great lasting impression. We believe in approaching each connection and networking opportunity with an abundance mindset. Everyone you meet has something unique to bring to the table, and there’s enough room for everyone to succeed.

IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU

I’m Jennifer Kroiss, a Minneapolis-St. Paul based strategic business consultant and networking enthusiast.   Relationships have influenced every aspect of my multi-decade career in business leadership and management. When I was in corporate America, I never had to apply for positions because my network was making connections for me, knowing that I would do the same.   With 18 years of business leadership experience, I’ve seen the long-term power of networking and how it can be wielded to advance business growth. It doesn’t matter if you are a solo entrepreneur, new startup, or an experienced business that is the trusted choice in your industry — everyone can benefit from relationship building.   When I’m not meeting with clients, you can typically find me doing some form of networking – whether it’s attending an event, speaking to groups, or meeting someone for coffee (or sparkling peach black tea in my case). I can’t wait to meet you next!
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1998

Entered the corporate world for the first time at the age of 19 in a role that required me to travel 75% of the time, manage others twice my age, with twice the experience that I had at that time! I learned quickly that if I could build meaningful relationships that benefitted everyone, everything was easier!
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2000

Finished my college senior thesis paper while managing the hospitality program for a Fortune 500 client at the Sydney Olympics (attend the Olympics AND get college credit?! Yes, please!) This was also my first opportunity to manage over 100 people!
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2002

Offered a position in my company’s home office as an Account Coordinator, which meant that I was managing million dollar budgets and planning heavy logistic client experiences and managing multiple vendor relationships.
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2004

Graduated from the University of Minnesota and set my sights on accomplishing my childhood dream of working at my dream company. Quickly realized that without a MBA or a technical background, I would not be able to get into the company without making connections and building relationships.
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2005

Took a contract position in order to get my foot in the door. Six months later, an Executive Assistant that I had made a connection with had heard of an available position e that no one internally was interested in – accepted the challenge and was offered a full-time position with the company less than a month later!
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2009

Became a Supervisor in an organization that I had never been part of and was overseeing positions that I had never done myself. I was the first leadership hire ever that hadn’t “come up through the ranks” in that department, so I had to earn trust and build relationships that mattered quickly!
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2016

Left my dream company to pursue another dream: supporting entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams through strategic business consulting, networking and relationship building. Had client referrals from others before I even left the company! I love using my experience to help others grow their businesses and create success for themselves!
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2018

Present Day: Regularly meeting with colleagues and team members, as well as making new connections and building relationships with the entrepreneurial community around me – all while running my own consulting business. Building and maintaining relationships is my favorite daily habit!

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Jennifer literally changed the trajectory of my business in the first 10 minutes I spoke with her

Jennifer is a natural connectorit is a part of who she is. She can see how the pieces of the big picture come together with such clarity and helps you to quickly focus your energy on the right relationships and tasks that will help propel your business forward.  As a result of working with Jennifer to find clarity on the short term goals I needed to achieve to take my business to the next level. She helped me to confidently take action that created immediate monetary return and build relationships that shifted the course of my business literally overnight.  Jennifer loves helping businesses grow. She is a gift, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her.   Jennifer was the best investment I could have made in myself and my business.

 

Belen Fleming
Belu Photography Photographer +  Visual Brand Strategist

Powerful networking tools and resources for entrepreneurs

Networking and Connecting has given me the tools to feel confident in building business relationships and growing my network. This group draws a high level community of inspiring and talented individuals.

 

Erika Cianciaruso
Fitness Professional & Social Media Consultant

Absolutely work with Jennifer!

Jennifer Kroiss is the go to person you want to learn networking from- when I first met her in a mastermind I was immediately learning from her on how to develop genuine connections and had so many gems from this amazing lady. She is so experienced from her decades of corporate work and always makes you feel like you’re the only person in the room when you’re talking to her. Absolutely work with Jennifer when you get the chance!

 

 

Lin
Founder of The Successful Immigrant and the #1 coach for successful immigrants in the USA.

Jennifer is my go-to networking expert!

She gives practical and easy to implement networking tips that help an introvert like myself feel confident.  Using her advice, I learned how to connect with a speaker prior to an event which led to me adding that person to my professional network and confidently interacting with them at the event.  Now when I go to networking events I know how to interact with others, what to say, and how to followup.  Jennifer’s tips work!

 

Treva Marshall
Technical Marketing Specialist at Marshall Web Studio

Confidence Booster for Networking and Business Building

When I initially launched my business 6 months ago, I was going from a corporate job to being an entrepreneur/business owner. I was SO lucky to meet Jennifer right at the beginning of my transition because she was able to truly understand my challenges and help me work through so many aspects of building my business. I thank Jennifer for helping me build my confidence when networking and putting myself in new situations. Jennifer has a talent for asking some of the simplest yet most thought provoking and game changing questions that have really helped shape and build the core of my business.

 

Julissa Betting-Fuentes
Realtor / Small Business Owner

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