Greater Concord Chamber announces new members, invites business public and job seekers to upcoming networking events

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CONCORD, NH (September 2020) - Business DURING Hours, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s new virtual alternative to its popular Business After Hours in-person networking events, successfully brings Chamber members, area business leaders and community members together during a time when social distancing is still recommended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Business DURING Hours’ online format allows attendees to see familiar faces on their phone or computer screens, socialize with friends and meet potential new clients and business partners from the safety of their own homes or offices.

Just like an in-person event, hundreds of attendees can join and mix and mingle within small groups. Where Business DURING Hours shines is through its Zoom breakout rooms, which automatically bring small groups of random attendees into digital rooms that facilitate easy networking. After a few minutes, attendees automatically cycle through to a new small group of people which adds an element of speed networking that helps attendees focus in on the goals they’d most like to share. Attendees receive detailed instructions to participate when they register, covering everything from how to install Zoom on their device, personalize their virtual name tag and toggle the microphone on and off during events, so they can attend with confidence.

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce President Tim Sink recommends the virtual format for those new or apprehensive towards traditional networking events remarking, “Sometimes at large networking events, people gravitate to people they already know, which in some ways defeats the purpose of business networking. The Business DURING Hours format brings people together more randomly, which turned out to be an unintended bonus.”

These events also introduce attendees to member businesses using an innovative online platform that can showcase recorded video presentations, virtual tours and more. In August, New England Employee Benefits Company, Inc. (NEEBCo) gave a presentation on their wide range of services as a leading employee benefits and insurance firm as the virtual event host and September’s Business DURING Hours host Kimball Jenkins, Inc., shared information about their historic estate and mission to provide art and cultural opportunities to the region to an engaged audience of online attendees.

The Chamber welcomed the following new members to its robust membership of over 930 of the area’s top businesses and nonprofit organizations during recent Business DURING Hours events:

Barranquilla Flavor

Evolution Travel

Flanagan's South Ender

HRKNSScowork

Infinity Plus, LLC

John Fownes Design

Pitchfork Records

Sugar Creek Workshop

T-BONES Great American Eatery

Trend Moving & Storage

Triumph Heating and Cooling

Tru by Hilton, Concord, NH

White Mountain Digital

The events also featured exciting door prize giveaways and fun icebreaker prompts to jumpstart the conversation between attendees.

The Chamber is looking forward to hosting future networking events using this format, including Business DURING Hours on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 4-5 p.m. hosted by Ledyard National Bank/Ledyard Financial Advisors, recently named a “Best Company to work for in NH” by NH Business Review. Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce members may register for no charge; the general business public, as well as those in search of new job opportunities, are welcome to join for a $10 registration fee. For more information or to register, visit www.ConcordNHChamber.com/Key-Events or call the Chamber at (603) 224-2508 if you need assistance.

For more information about the Chamber’s growing membership and some of the many benefits available to Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce members, please visit www.ConcordNHChamber.com/membership/welcome-new-members/.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate and enhances quality of life in the Capital region.

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