Onward through the pandemic

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While COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with our economy and social lives, it hasn’t stopped robust programming at the Greater Concord Chamber. We’re doing things a bit different these days but there are plenty of ways for you to take advantage of our ongoing networking events, educational programming and forums.

Early on, we pivoted from traditional in-person networking events to a virtual Business DURING Hours. If you have not participated in one of these, I encourage you to give it a try. They are free for members, fun and an effective way to stay connected to current and potential customers!

The Orr & Reno Webinar Series offers monthly programming on very timely issues, whether it’s how to access the latest COVID relief package or fundamental legal advice for small business. These one-hour, informative programs are offered at no charge and available 24/7 on our website.

We're excited to welcome our first group of Chamber Connections participants for 2021. Chamber Connections is a non-compete, business development group made up of individuals from a variety of industries who meet bi-weekly over a six month period. This group is going virtual and will have the opportunity to learn about one another's organizations from January 14 to June.

Capital Area Student Leadership (CASL) offers high school sophomores civics and leadership training. This year, CASL will meet remotely, but the steering committee will deliver a first-rate experience to those students selected to participate in the session days scheduled for this March. Learn more about Capital Area Student Leadership, program eligibility and how interested students can apply to take part in the March 2021 virtual program on our website.

Leadership Greater Concord is in full swing, having launched this year’s class in September. The monthly session days are a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face meetings that incorporate the necessary safety protocols along with value so future leaders can step up to serve on town, nonprofit and municipal boards.

Concord Young Professionals Network also continued programming on a virtual level. CYPN’s active steering committee continues to plan regular networking and educational programs for New Hampshire YPs in their 20s, 30s and 40s, all free of charge.

These are just a few examples of a much larger menu of offerings and opportunities—there are so many ways to stay connected and engaged through your Chamber of Commerce. Upcoming virtual events (and lots of other resources) are posted on the Chamber’s website at www.ConcordNHChamber.com. And while physical distancing may still be necessary for the time being, the Chamber is here to keep you plugged in socially and professionally as we enter 2021.

Tim Sink is the President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Read his posts at ConcordNHChamber.com/blog.

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