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Baylor Business Network Builds Relationships for Alumni and Friends

Nov. 23, 2009

By Becca Broaddus

The Baylor Business Network (BBN) focuses on building professional networks and creating potential business development opportunities for Baylor University alumni and friends.

"Joining the network adds value to a graduate's degree," Senior Executive Director of The Baylor Network and Director of the BBN Brenda Morris said. "They're students for four or five years, but they are alumni for life."

But the BBN, established in 2003, is not restricted to Business School graduates. The BBN welcomes those who are knowledgeable about Baylor, see their connection with Baylor and other Baylor constituents as meaningful, and find ways to contribute to the success of both.

At least a third of the people active in the BBN are actually graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences, Morris said.

Hankamer School of Business Dean Terry Maness strongly encourages activity in the BBN for graduates because it adds value to a Baylor degree.

"Our Baylor Business Network organization is an absolutely critical success factor for our program," Maness said. "Relationships open doors to more possibilities and the synergies are only limited by our imagination and creativity."

Alumni and friends who are looking for new business opportunities can attend "Bear 2 Bear" events sponsored by the BBN. Usually held at restaurants, the events give Bears an opportunity to partner with other Baylor alumni who may be interested in doing business together. It's a casual way to share resources, networking strategies and tips on developing careers.

The BBN, a subset of the Baylor Network, has groups in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Waco, Denver and New York City. The networks hold events other than Bear 2 Bear, including guest speakers, Baylor football watching parties and other social events.

With the Baylor Network, a person can be as involved as he or she wishes. A young graduate can be in the Baylor Business Network, the Young Grads' Network and the Baylor Women's Network, Morris said.

"There are many ways to connect," Morris said. "You don't have to choose just one."

Morris encourages alumni to keep their contact information updated (the online directory is here https://www1.baylor.edu/network/alumni_directory/), so Baylor networks can keep them informed about upcoming events. For more information about the BBN, visit www.baylor.edu/network and click on "Business."

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