To the Editor: New network for Young Professionals

When I attended the Chamber Academy in August 2017, I was exposed to more than 30 chambers that have a flourishing Young Professional network.

Since September, I have watched each month as our community leaders have shared their knowledge with our ten Leadership Ridgecrest students.

As I started speaking with our Leadership Ridgecrest students and other young professionals in our community I found a common theme — they want to learn, they want to be an active part of our business community and they want to give back to the community they live in.

With the number of young professionals that we have in our community, it is time to provide them a place to learn, be active, and give back!

Starting this month, the chamber will be actively looking for additional young professionals who are, or who work for an employer who is, a chamber member and who want to be an active member of this new Chamber Committee for Young Professionals (they will get to pick their committee name).

Their first general meeting will be on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Triple T’s Tavern from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. I am still compiling information for the startup and running of this committee and the board will be reviewing that information at its April 12 meeting.

I would appreciate it if you would provide me your views on the best way to support the young professionals in our community. I would like to include this information to the chamber board, as well as the young professional group once they get started.

It will take all of us to make this work, but after talking to so many young people about this program, I think they will provide a majority of the effort.

Being connected to the community, quality of life, employee retention — each of these local issues can, and will be helped by us working with the young people in our community.

I am looking forward to this endeavor!

Suzette Caufield, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce CEO

Story First Published: 2018-04-06