Millennials are the employees of the future and giving them a space to develop their professional skills is important. To help the Tri-State’s young professionals develop those skills find development opportunities, the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance launched the organization NEXT Young Professionals.
“We focus on providing professional and personal development opportunities in West Chester and Liberty Townships for young professionals aged 21-40 that live and/or work along the I-75 Growth Corridor,” explains Staff Liaison Pam Gruber.
Following a relaunch in April 2014, NEXT Young Professionals found itself with the help of Gruber and fellow liaison Kelly Bittlinger.
Gruber and Bittlinger say the inspiration behind NEXT Young Professionals was born when The Chamber Alliance recognized the need to create a welcoming atmosphere for young professionals to get comfortable with networking and see the importance of getting connected in the community.
“No matter what industry they work in or role they play within their organization, the more connected young professionals feel within the community, the more likely they will want to stay in this area,” says Bittlinger.
The group at NEXT Young Professionals is comprised of a devoted steering committee and loyal attendees to the monthly Night of Networking events as well as quarterly Lunch & Learns. There are also several businesses in the area that support and host the Night of Networking events for the organization, some that provide food and drinks.
Not only is NEXT Young Professionals helping young professionals in West Chester and Liberty develop personal and professional skills, but they bring a very unique opportunity that promises a future of growth in a developing part of the Tri-State.
“Our Chamber represents the townships of West Chester and Liberty, strategically located along I-75 and nearly midway between Dayton and Cincinnati,” says Gruber. “As this region continues to develop, our Chamber’s sphere of influence expands. Through its growth, the community continues to offer new opportunities to connect and grow businesses, and the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance continues to educate and inform business professionals about the outstanding economic development opportunities in our region and the I-75 Growth Corridor.”
Aside from the professional developments allotted by NEXT Young Professionals, members of this organization also gain friendships.
“Even beyond the group, lifelong friendships have been formed and have gone beyond business relationships, which is important in keeping key talent in the West Chester and Liberty Townships areas,” says Gruber.
The group is always looking for new ways to collaborate and connect with organizations in the area. To contact them, send an email to email@example.com. NEXT Young Professionals is open to Chamber members and non-members. You can learn more here.