If you’ve never visited Meetup.com, you’ve missed the opportunity to meet like-minded people in your local community for fun, companionship, networking, business training, sports, or perhaps even romance. The site allows you to search by locale and by interest, and to set up alerts for new groups whose hobbies or interests you share.
In Phoenix alone there are 1,065 different Meetup groups. Within a 10 mile radius 61 hiking groups meet regularly. Of these the 126 metro-area dance groups vary from ballroom to country, disco and hustle to swing. There’s even a Swingin’ Out Gay and Lesbian Swing Dancing Meetup Group. Entrepreneur groups include the Phoenix Young Enrepreneurs Incubator, Real Estate Investing and Marketing Entrepreneurs, The Mom-e Club in nearby Gilbert, and the Phoenix Affiliate Marketing Group. There’s a group for Senior Healthcare Professionals and even one specifically designed for NASCAR fans. Groups for those of us in the 50+ age bracket abound. Snowbird Connection was founded by a Michigan resident who resides here half the year, to meet others who do the same. The Family Caregiver and Support Group of Tempe welcomes anyone caring for family members, while Solo Seniors of the East Valley plans group events for boomer and senior singles.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for on Meetup.com you can easily start your own group for very very little money, or set up an alert for the topic or experience you have in mind. When a new Meetup group launches, the site will let you know.
Take about 30 minutes to wander around Meetup and see all that it has to offer. Not only can you sign up for events, but you can also create your own profile, and talk privately or on the message board with others. Meetup is the way I discovered hiking in the beautiful mountains of Arizona, and met several dear friends. I highly recommend it as a resource for companionship, learning, teaching, and even growing your new business.