The previous posters have given valuable advice. I will just add to it.Volunteer at not for profit organizations. Even if it is not IT related. It is another networking opportunity.Network, Network, NetworkAttend local user group meetings. It is another networking opportunity.Prepare for certifications even if you don't take the actual tests. It's cheaper than taking a class.Apply for Business Analyst contracting positions. You have the education and experience. That's another foot into the IT dept.
Those are some of my observations.