The Rice Business Network (RBN) is dedicated to helping members of the Rice community succeed in life and business
through personal development, professional development, and interpersonal connections.
RBN LinkedIn Site
:: RBN Networking Lunch
Second Fridays: Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ziggy's Healthy Grill, 2202 West Alabama
Join us on the second Friday of each month
for a networking lunch. The meeting will focus
on networking in small groups to identify opportunities
for one another. If you want to sell your services,
broaden the market for your company's products, or make
a deal, you need to connect – and the Rice Business
Network has connected people on real estate deals, computer
services, consulting services, bank loans, new business
ventures, career changes, legal services, accounting,
and much more.
the RBN if you would like to be added to the newsletter
distribution list or if you would like to lead a discussion.
:: RBN Steering Committee Breakfast
First Thursdays: Oct.1, Nov. 5, Dec.
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Le Peep, 3810 Farnham (Hwy 59 & Shepherd)
Join us on the first Thursday of each month
for our steering committee breakfast.
The meeting will focus on event planning and execution,
as well as expanding opportunities for the RBN.
Annual Networking Event ::
"30 Seconds of Fame.... Mastering Your Elevator
September 9, 2009 • Gallery M Squared
339 West 19th Street
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Program
Catered by Shade in the Heights
We’ve all been to myriad networking events where
we stand around, maybe meet some people who are maybe
useful to know, and leave feeling like maybe something
has been accomplished. This event is NOT one of those!
We will put networking concepts into practice with coaches
on hand to offer feedback. Each attendee will be randomly
assigned to a table, where he/she will be given 30 seconds
to deliver an elevator pitch. After every attendee has
presented, time will be allocated for group follow-ups,
then participants will change tables and start over
again. Each table will feature a coach taking notes
on elevator pitch delivery and follow-up networking.
At the end of the night, attendees will receive feedback
from both the coaches and the other attendees at their
tables. Come hone your networking skills with fellow
Rice Business Finder
The Association of Rice Alumni and Rice Business Network are pleased to introduce an online business directory, the Rice Business Finder. Listings are sortable by business category, geographically, and by keyword. Whether you offer goods or services locally or worldwide, put the Rice connection to work in promoting your business. Visit http://alumni.rice.edu/bizfinder for more information and to view the directory..
About the RBN
What does the Rice Business
Network (RBN) do?
The Rice Business Network coordinates events for Rice
people to work together and help each other with business
challenges and issues. It has helped members of
the group address a wide variety of issues including
finding employees, improving sales, starting businesses,
making investments, buying and selling real estate,
fixing computer problems, and handling accounting and
legal issues. The group has been meeting regularly for more than six
As mentioned above, the RBN meets the second Friday of each month for a networking lunch. Occasionally, the RBN will host a forum or in-depth discussion on a particular industry or business issue. E-mail the RBN if you have a topic of interest or if you would like to lead a discussion.
Who attends the Rice Business
A wide variety of Rice people attend the RBN's informal
roundtable meetings. Many regular attendees of the meetings
are entrepreneurs or self-employed, while others have
years of corporate experience. Everyone in these get-togethers
finds a supportive group and can enjoy the wide-ranging
discussions and ideas.
The RBN Board
The RBN Board consists of members of the Rice community
who have volunteered to coordinate events and perform
the administrative tasks necessary to sustain the organization.
Board members serve one-year terms that currently run
through June 30, 2008.
Ackerman ’82, President
Schwarz '91, Past President, JGSEO
Barrett ’90, Networking Chair
Elgohary ’87, Information Chair
Favre ’99, Communications Chair
Hairston ’87, External Affairs Chair
Haynes ’06, Special Events Chair
Huttenbach ’92, Special Events Committee
Ladhani ’97, Jones Graduate School of
Merritt '71, External Affairs Committee Member
Taishoff Sweigart '01, Chicago-area Chair
Contact the RBN:
E-mail the RBN or contact any of the Board members above.