The Pike County Chamber of Commerce wants to help young entrepreneurs and business people build a county wide community of peers under the guidance of and with the support of the Chamber.
We envision this network to be made up of young professionals in their twenties and thirties who share a mutual interest in developing a social and business network to enhance their communities and our county by working with its citizens and the Chamber. Bringing together younger members of the business community using social and professional connections will enable utilization of the varied specialties and perspectives for the benefit of everyone.
What’s in it for the Young Professional?
Benefits to you could include exposure for your business or company, networking opportunities, valuable business contacts, career building, business assistance, mentoring, and leadership development.
What’s in it for the Chamber?
We anticipate YPike! will provide input to the Chamber about the needs of young professionals and increase the relevancy of topics, events and Chamber offerings. We also wish to stop the “Brain Drain”. In addition, who better to help mentor young students in our four school districts than business people closer to them in age than most older business owners?
What’s in it for all of us?
Our goal is to promote and maintain Pike County as an exciting and enticing place to live, work, start a business, raise a family, and grow. If collectively we can understand the issues facing our younger residents and the drivers for success, perhaps we can convince young people to settle or come back here, start businesses and help our county prosper.
The Chamber established a committee to establish a Young Professionals Network with a Chamber Board member who meets the criteria as liaison. The first organizing meeting was Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the Red Dome Inn in Pittsfield. The group chose the name YPike! and agreed to meet monthly. The group has chosen a logo, developed a newsletter, established member dues and corporate sponsorships and discussed future events. A copy of the YPike! Membership/Corporate Membership Form is downloadable here.
A Facebook page was launched. Please visit it at:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/YPIKEIL and "Like it"! YPike! will be communicating news and events and posting their progress.
YPike! hosted a 5K Run/Walk on July 13th, 2013. Thirty four people participated and YPike raised $500 for the Pittsfield Lions Club's Eyeglass Fund!
YPike! will continue to meet on a regular basis to organize, define their mission, identify the direction the YPike! will take, and expand their committees and activities. We'll publish results and information on this page.
We are very excited about YPike! and what it can mean for our county. We hope you will be too!