I have been so inspired over the last few months with the amount of networking that is going on in the Columbus IT community. There are several groups that host networking events for IT groups and today I got to sit down with the co-founder of one of those groups. IT Martini co-founded by John Bishop, is a really good combination of networking, professional development, and IT demonstrations that happen several times a year here in Columbus. John described it best I think as "a mini IT conference". The events even collect donations for local charities and provide a very social atmostphere for IT professionals to meet and learn about each other. The next event is ITMartini 6 at Park Street Patio on Thursday, September 24th at 5:30PM .
I also recommend checking out the TechLife Columbus group at Meetup.com.