The people you meet today will be the same people you will need someday to grow your business. Businesses should ensure to maintain relationships built on integrity (keep your word) and professionalism (competence and upgrade of skills).
Oftentimes, a lot of people tend to forget the long-term importance of those they meet and decide not to keep in touch for one reason or the other.
Networking helps in diverse ways which creates a business path to growth in terms of opportunities, connections, clients, advice, financial help etc.
Maintaining relationships with like-minded businesses can help one benefit from advice which will be much needed to sustain the business.
Baker Tilly Andah +Andah
Source: Glitz Africa Magazine issue 19