I disagree. Close acquaintances are not friends.
Friends don't drain your energy. They don't chronically complain about their situation knowing yours is much worse. These folks that you're networking with sound as if they are energy vampires sucking the life right out of you.
Friends celebrate growth and small successes. They advocate for you and inspire you and gently push you in the direction that you should be headed. They encourage you. They are your safety net.
Does this describe the women at this group you've joined?