How many times have you heard the phrase: “it’s all about who you know” ? It has never been more true than in today’s business climate. It’s important to work hard and put in the hours, but at the end of the day the biggest “ah-ha” moments often come from those connections you make outside of work….after hours. These unexpected connections often morph into partnerships and create a catalyst for reaching goals.
Athens is a tight knit community with many of the same players in different circles. Some have said it can be a tough group to break into. I have lived, worked, played and supported businesses here for 17 years and even I am sometimes not considered a true local. We are a community of college students and established business people/owners, but what about those of us that fall somewhere in the middle. Out of college, but not yet well-established and connected. Networking can be your best friend!
Young Athens Professionals (YAP) is a group suggested by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Business Remixed & Career Connections. Its purpose is to encourage the young professionals of Athens to meet and network while supporting local businesses. We have monthly happy hours at various local establishments every second Thursday of the month. It’s a free event and always a good time.
Young Professionals enjoying happy hour at the OU Inn in April
This month we will be hanging out, enjoying food and drinks (cash bar) at BW-3. So come on out, bring a friend and have a good time. Don’t miss out on a great chance to make a new connection. You never know, you might make contact with one of those “who you know” people.
Check us out on Facebook to learn about upcoming events!