A Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event took place last night at the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center, and according to the executive director of the Starke County Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Mix, this is the first year the Chamber has held this event in an effort to promote networking between various chamber of commerce organizations.
“It’s a Business After Hours event because it allows different businesses to network with each other on a regional basis instead of just local. It will be including Starke County, Marshall County, Bremen and Culver chamber members, and they get the opportunity to meet each other and greet each other,” said Mix.
The event was sponsored by Ancilla College and Lindenwood with food provided by Earthworks and took place last night at 4:30 p.m., lasting until 6 p.m. Mix said they hope to make this an annual event to encourage business connections.
“Most business is done between people that know somebody and you end up wanting to do business with them because you’ve actually met them, so that is the purpose of this is to get people to meet each other and make business connections,” Mix said.
The role of the chamber of commerce is to promote local businesses, represent them on business related issues, and also sponsor local business events. A chamber of commerce is a non-profit organization of local businesses.