Greater Concord Chamber Hosts First Virtual Networking Event

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CONCORD, NH (July 2020) - The Chamber’s first virtual networking event, sponsored by Mason + Rich, Professional Association, was a surprise hit with members and guests that participated.

Business During Hours, the virtual alternative to the Chamber’s popular Business After Hours networking events, utilized Zoom technology for its initial meeting on June 23. The new format allowed attendees to gather together for announcements and then move off into smaller “chat rooms” to make more personal connections and learn about one another’s businesses and services. The random pairing of individual chat rooms assured that attendees got out of their comfort zones and were networking with individuals they had not previously met.

According to Chamber president Tim Sink, “Sometimes at large networking events, people tend to 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.”

Attendees shared an overwhelmingly positive response to the online format. Michelle Cogan of Focus Automotive said, “I thought it was awesome. I couldn’t imagine how it was going to work before attending…I loved it!”

During the event the Chamber welcomed the following new members to its robust membership of over 950 of the area’s top businesses and nonprofit organizations:

GeeWiz Technical Services, LLC
Granite State Audio LLC
KnockKnock Social
Naturopathic Family Medicine
Sandler Training
Windhill Design LLC

And one lucky attendee received a fun door prize generously donated by Red River Theatres.

The event served as a successful dry run for the Chamber’s upcoming Virtual Business Showcase, taking place on Thursday, July 16 from 4-6 p.m. The Showcase is a virtual business-to-business trade show and networking event open to all who would like to attend. For more information or to register for the event at no charge, go to or call the Chamber at (603) 224-2508.

Interested in attending upcoming virtual networking events? Bookmark the Chamber's Key Events web page and visit it regularly for information about online webinars, virtual business tradeshows and award ceremonies, as well as online networking events for young professionals and business professionals representing a variety of industries including nonprofit. 

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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