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Rice, Shelly

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Shelly Rice, is one of America's leading authorities on producing B2B networking events. Over the last 23 years, she has produced more than 850 successful events, including one of the largest, longest running and most fun networking events in the country, The Chocolate Blues and Business Networking Festival. "Chocolate Blues" is currently in 51 U.S. cities. She is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor and is the founder of Women Who Mean Business Mastermind Alliance, Decision Makers Network, Proverbs and Business Club, Tuesdays at Two Facebook Networking Party, Be the Boss Magazine, and National Networking News Magazine.  Shelly has been honored with dozens of nominations and recognition for small business and community awards and is a member of Linkedin's "Top Recommended Platinum" group.


  • Women Who Mean Business Mastermind Alliance
  • Proverbs & Business Club


Shelly has spent nearly every day of the last 23 years helping small businesses grow through networking.  Known as The Referral Machine, Shelly is the go-to person when you need solid business connections.  She has personally connected tens of thousands of professionals and her passion is mentoring business owners on ways to improve their networking and relationship building skills. Shelly is a power house connector - her national events have resulted in countless connections and millions of dollars in generated revenue for the clients she serves.


Website @shellyrice


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