I’ve explained in previous Telegram articles that the Adrian Chamber membership is comprised of four types of businesses: Community Investors, Community Builders, Business Investors, and Business Builders. But the one of the top survey results from our recent survey is the need and importance of networking events.

Each group is looking for a way to make an impact in the community and their bottom line; and each group has a different set of needs. As a Chamber, we seek ways to sponsor and promote networking events to bring these groups of businesses together.

Two events over the next two weeks are designed for that, with time to network and share about community successes and opportunities.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, from 5-8 p.m., the Adrian Chamber is partnering with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and other Chamber Alliance members to promote “Off the Clock”, Southern Michigan’s Premiere Professional Networking Event.

This will be in the Champions Club at Michigan International Speedway. In addition to networking time, there will be a live remote broadcast by K-105.3 radio out of Jackson, plus food and drinks available.

There is a $5 admission, and pre-registration is encouraged, at JacksonChamber.org Matt Swartzlander, Events Director for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, indicated that registrations are going well, and asked participants to enter at the main gate, off Brooklyn Hwy., behind the main grandstand.

Next week, on Tuesday May 9th, from 5-7 p.m., the Chamber Business After Hours event will be a special one this month. Usually, our Business After Hours networking events are hosted by one local business each month, as an open house to other Chamber members and a casual networking time.

This month’s Business After Hours, will be right at the Chamber office, 137 N. Main Street in Adrian, as we host and feature several our home-based business members. We have a lot of members who don’t have brick and mortar businesses, but their membership is just as important as part of our Chamber and our community.

The small sub-group of Chiaroscuro Community Men’s Chorus, nel Canto, will provide vocal entertainment during the evening. Some of our Chamber businesses being featured include Tastefully Simple, Len-Air LLC, Coons and Associates, LLC. LegalShield / IDShield, Rachel Becker Interiors, and Video Productions of Lenawee.

These businesses are included in our fourth membership category, those of Business Builders. They also represent the largest business demographic of growth potential for our Chamber membership.

The number one need in this category, as we’ve identified, is immediate sales. They rely on networking and support of the community, to keep their business going. Come to the Business After Hours and support them!

As you are conducting business within the community, please consider shopping with those businesses that you may not see in a brick-and-mortar location. And, if you are a business owner or employee, know that the Adrian Chamber is supporting you by expanding the networking opportunities to help get your business noticed among others.

If you are not a Chamber member, I invite you to give membership a try. If you have ideas, questions, or want to talk about participating in any Chamber event, give me a call at 517.265.2320, or email me at jbart@adrianareachamber.com

by John R. Bartoszewicz,
President and CEO, Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce