Networking with your peers? Don’t do it unless your peers are people that are running on the track at least as fast as you are.
I have been involved in a professional organization for the past 10 years called EO (entrepreneurship organization).
The one thing I gain from this group is “energy” and unlike most professional groups there is a strict non-solicitation policy. What? Get involved with a group that I can’t sell directly to? Answer- yes!
There is much more to your business than just making sales. You need knowledge, contacts, experience, advice and that all elusive item – energy to keep up the pace that a business owner must keep.
I would tell you that even though I cannot solicit directly to my group the energy I get from them combined with all of the about adds no less than $1M in revenue to my business annually.