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Connection of Young Professionals in Lake Gaston Region

In a joint venture by the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County, a pilot Warren County Chapter of a Lake Gaston Regional Young Professionals Network (YPN) is underway for individuals in the 21-40 year age range who live or work in Warren County. The mission of the YPN is to foster community engagement and collaboration, as well as professional and personal growth, in the Lake Gaston region's young professional community. This program would be the first of its kind in Warren County.

The two chambers are proposing a joint partnership in this pilot, as both directors acknowledge the intersections of their regions both residentially, commercially, professionally, and socially. Pooling resources and target audience optimizes the impact of the program. Piloting the program with the Warren County chapter will allow both chambers to analyze the successes, challenges, and needs in any ongoing, future programming that would seek to build a regional network involving multiple chambers. The Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce in Roanoke Rapids, NC, has already expressed interested in creating a chapter of the Lake Gaston Regional YPN and will soon come on board as another partner in this effort.

The definition of a young professional varies, but generally speaking, it refers to anyone from the ages of 21-40, who is entrepreneurial and/or interested in career advancement, is civic-minded, and has a post-secondary degree. The Chamber of Commerce of Warren County and Lake Gaston Regional Chamber joint YPN will follow this basic definition though will only be exclusive in age.

Activities and benefits related to the YPN pilot program will include the following: networking events, professional development, social/cultural/educational events, and volunteer/service opportunities. While most YPNs charge a membership fee, the pilot year of the program will include free membership for interested individuals for the year of the pilot. The YPN program will prioritize Chamber members as host sites, facilitators, caterers, etc. when possible and applicable.

If you are interested in supporting the YPN, please contact Christina Wells at the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce (director@lakegastonchamber.com) or Charla Duncan at the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County (info@warren-chamber.org). Support may come in the form of sponsoring the program or a specific event, and/or working with the program to offer activities and discounted rates to YPN members. We encourage all employers and organizations to spread the word among their eligible employees and members.

For more information on the Young Professionals Network and the kick-off event, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LKGRegionalYPN. For information on the partnering chambers for the Warren County YPN Chapter, please visit www.lakegastonchamber.com or www.warren-chamber.org.
130 N. Main St., P.O. Box 826, Warrenton, NC 27589 | Phone:(252) 257-2657 | info@warren-chamber.org