EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The job market is a competitive one, and to succeed experts say you really need to know who turn to for support and knowledge.
A local networking group for business professionals says surrounding yourself by positive, motivating people might just be a place to start.
More than 100 local members of Polka Dot Powerhouse practice just that-relationship building, motivation and positivity.
“I think surroundings impact everything in our lives. When we have great surroundings we set ourselves up for a greater chance of success and personal life and in business,” explained owner of Polka Dot Powerhouse Shannon Crotty.
Polka Dot Powerhouse is a networking and relationship building group based in Eau Claire. It started a year ago and recently went national with chapters all over the U.S.
On Friday night they connected at their conference. The networking group is not closed off to men, but most of their members are women.
“There is the networking; there is the comradely of having other women who are in the similar situation to you. They know what you're going through, what you need,” said Caroline Wee.
Wee started her own business just a few months ago.
“When I first got started I didn't know what was available but there are all kinds of things out there for women in Eau Claire,” explained Wee, who own Wee Communications LLC.
Business women say business paths for women is still hard to walk, but it is getting easier.
“I think as women we really wear a lot of hats, so I think it's harder for us as women to dedicate more time to business, and I think we're really trying to balance and find that sweet spot where we can be really successful in business and have a great family life and be involved in many different things,” said Fall Creek Chiropractic Erin Scott.
“It’s empowering, it's supportive, it lets you know that you can do it, but you don't have to do it alone,” added Wee.
Business women in the Chippewa Valley say there are many networking groups out there, so if you really shop around you can always find something that works best for you.