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Chamber bringing back business-after-hours networking
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
May 03, 2013 02:21 PM | 1380 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Event Marketer Kate Hewitt, of {three} Sheets bar in Sandy Springs,left, and Sandy Springs Chamber members Cory Jackson and Lynne Walker look forward to the start of Tuned Up Tuesdays.
Event Marketer Kate Hewitt, of {three} Sheets bar in Sandy Springs,left, and Sandy Springs Chamber members Cory Jackson and Lynne Walker look forward to the start of Tuned Up Tuesdays.
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Merchants soon will have more chances to mingle courtesy of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce.

The entity will kick off its new business after-hours networking initiative, Tuned Up-Tuesdays, at {three} sheets in Sandy Springs this Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The networking functions will be held the first Tuesday of each month at a different location through early November.

The focus of the campaign is squarely on bringing together chamber members and prospective members to build relationships in a relaxed environment, organizers said.

“We took a look at some of the things we were doing, … and this is something we were missing,” said chamber board program committee chair V. Lynne Walker. “We sponsor other [functions] at other times of the day, but this targets those individuals who are not always able to get away in the morning or lunchtime and engage with the business community.”

Attendees at Tuned-Up Tuesdays will discover the typical vanilla after-hours rules don’t apply.

Organizers set out to implement an array of activities — tours of the host business, scavenger hunts and door prize drawings included — to proactively address times when monotony or lulls are likely.

The business-after-hours concept is not new territory for the chamber.

“It was something we used to have, but it fell by the wayside the past year or so,” said chamber president Cory Jackson.

Enter Walker, who’s overseen the revamping and re-branding of the initiative.

The initial first Tuesday outreach effort — current chamber membership numbers 390 — is expected to draw around 100 members, in addition to prospects.

“We’re really excited about this,” said Jackson. “And, we’re equally excited about the events scheduled for the remainder of the year. We hope our members find it valuable and our prospective members feed off the synergy that we’re building at the chamber.”

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