The Chamber has been easing back into more in-person events this year, and with that comes our popular Business After Hours mixers. We saw great success in our networking events in 2019 and are happy to see an uptick in attendance now in 2022. We hosted our first mixer of the year at Kingdom Guard Financial Group, which was a great event.
We are excited to announce two mixers in May: Voyten Electric will host a mixer on May 5, and the Venango Museum will host one on May 19. Find flyers for both mixers as inserts in this newsletter. We encourage our members to come to both upcoming events for the networking opportunities and connections to be made.
So, why host a mixer? Inviting other chamber members into your business is a great way to meet someone new, grow your circle of influence, find new opportunities, generate awareness for your business and connect with other professionals. Contact the Chamber today to learn more about hosting a mixer.
Have you never attended a mixer? We’re happy to help with that as well! We can help you make introductions and encourage you to bring a guest along, if that makes you feel more comfortable. We published an article earlier this year with networking tips, which can be viewed at venangochamber.org/business-tip-of-the–month-networking.
Kick off 2022 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on January 7 for a joint collaboration of over 30 first-class Western PA organizations and business networking reception, organized by the Pittsburgh Business Exchange (PBEx).
Enjoy cocktails and light fare at this annual gathering of business professionals. Discounted room rates and lift tickets are available to all participants.
The Venango Chamber is excited to be partnering on this event. See the insert in this newsletter for more information and register at WinterKickoff2022.com.
In the past year, we have featured three articles about the art of the Business After Hours Mixer. We know how quick calendars can fill up, so we invite you to start planning for 2020 right now.
Are you interested in hosting a Business After Hours Mixer in 2020? Several businesses have already reserved a date for the coming year. Contact the Chamber as soon as possible to secure a date.
Not sure if hosting a mixer is right for your business? Contact us to learn more about the benefits of hosting an event and learn about the many options to ensure your event meets your goals for spotlighting your business.
Business After Hours Mixers have long been a main stay of Chambers of Commerce. These short gatherings, just at the end of the workday, include refreshments, a few door prizes and a mix of other chamber members. While those who attend may vary depending on a mixers host, the location and scheduling, there are members who frequently attend and those who never do. If you are the latter, we’d like to suggest you consider a few of the reasons you might want to give a try.
Relationships – Mixers are hosted by businesses to invite others to visit their location, sometimes to celebrate an accomplishment, or perhaps just to give exposure to products and services. Either way, attendance is a show of support that is always appreciated. When you visit a member’s event, they understand that you are busy but still willing to show them support with your attendance.
Information Gathering – We often think we know our community, but in the busyness of our own lives, we often miss the changes taking place. From new staff members to significant investments in products, services or infrastructure, information can often best be gathered through a visit, and a mixer can be a unique opportunity to get inside a business.
Preparation for Your Mixer – You may not be planning it now but hosting a mixer might be something you want to do in the future. It’s best to attend other mixers to get a sense of what you’d want to do as a host. Just like any social invitation, those who you have supported are most likely to support you.
There are several mixers still planned for 2019, each an opportunity for you to test out these suggestions. One of those mixers is hosted by FLEX and will be held in the courtyard of the Venango Chamber on August 22. FLEX members promise to help you build better relationships with local young professionals, learn about how to better engage them, and will set a great example for your next get together. We hope to see you there!
In the last two issues of VenangoWorks!, we’ve shared why mixers remain a valuable opportunity to bring members of the business community together and then how to go about planning to host an event at your business.
Now, we’d like to encourage you to consider how you can make your mixer as unique as your business. At one time, mixers were considered to be the like of a clique, getting together just to “hob nob” and share drinks after work. In the last decade, we have seen these events take on a very different flavor, each uniquely planned by the business or organization hosting.
While some things just seem to work well, like inviting people to stop by from 5 to 7 p.m., before retiring to home for the evening; everything else is open to your designs. They can be held inside or out and include elaborate feasting, light appetizers, or desserts. While many hosts opt to serve beer and wine, it is not necessary to serve alcohol to have a successful event.
So, why not plan for how you can make a memory around your business and plan a business after hours that will keep your business top of mind for months or even years to come?
The real key is to get excited about your business and help us tell people why now is the time to visit you. Are you celebrating an accomplishment? Are you a new business or simply have something new to share, like a remodel or new products? Some of the most memorable mixers have included a theme. Who could forget the Hawaiian shirts and limbo contest more than a decade ago? And the annual joint Christmas mixer at Cross creek each December makes it on our calendar months in advance, a sure sign of the upcoming holiday.