During my blogging career I have received several messages on my blog's contact form asking for advice for potential business partner search in Tbilisi or Georgia.
Well I only feel flattered and honored that I have been noticed and contacted (seems a major role is played here thanks to my posts in Living in Georgia category).
I haven't searched for potential business partners here in Georgia (though I have been doing some business here). Currently I'm open for a propositions from travel companies willing to serve incoming tourists in Georgia. Contact me for more details.
I remember my first experience finding a new prospects in Tbilisi (I wasn't looking for partners - I was looking for customers - so I believe it was my core mistake. Partner could bring more than a customer) it all started of paying a visit to local trade show at Expo Georgia.
Author of this blog searching for business partners in Georgia back in April 2011
It was fun, I was just returned from a skiing adventures in Gudauri, it was like my fourth day in Georgia and here I was, sitting at Expo Georgia.
Back in those days I was eager to build a tourism website and was looking for advertisers on it. My initial business failed.
Trade shows and fairs
Best starting point should be Expo Georgia - this is a thing I actually learnt in Georgia - Fairs and Trade shows are one of the best ways of networking and new prospect finding. You are left with two options - either buy a stand or booth at Expo Georgia and represent your company and / or products, either visit such trade show and talk with those standing other side of stand/booth.
I have done only second option (though there had been times I have thought to represent myself at the stand) My favorite expo fair probably is Caucasus Tourism Fair. Read: Caucasus Tourism Fair 2014
Another great way of networking is by visiting local charity fairs. Read: Christmas Charity Winter Fair in Tbilisi Sheraton Hotel
Another interesting option I have used here in Georgia - I have participated into official business delegation. Read: Georgian - Latvian Business Forum
Well - next you could contact some Commercial Chambers here in Georgia, I haven't dealt with them, but I have heard of AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia).
Common practice here in Georgia is to use Yellow Pages and call to prospects directly, personally I'm a person hating to make a deals over a phone, but on the other hand I'm not a salesperson either. I believe you can hire a local company to handle those phone conversations in place of you.
Useful websites when searching for business partners in Georgia
- www.expogeorgia.ge - Information about Trade shows and Fairs
- www.investingeorgia.org - Invest in Georgia agency
- www.amcham.ge - American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia
- www.tbsc.ge - managment consulting firm
- www.caucasustranslations.com - English, Georgian, Russian (and many other language combination) translation / interpretation services
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