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Business after Hours

by Donna Rhodes

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours are wonderful ways to strengthen community ties and boost business.

Every month the Highlands Chamber of Commerce presents one special night for its members to kick back, exchange ideas, catch up on the latest business news, and enjoy the company of … companies. Each gathering is sponsored by one of the Chamber’s outstanding members. It’s a chance to get to know your business neighbors by visiting them in their establishments.

Here are the upcoming Business After Hours get-togethers scheduled for the year’s second half:

July 18th, hosted by Spartina 449; August 22nd, hosted by The Mountain Retreat: Celebrating their 40th anniversary!; September 12th, hosted by The Park on Main; October 16th, hosted by The Literacy Council Open House Celebrating the opening of their new facility ; November 12th, hosted by Autumn Ovation

At meetings earlier this year the Literacy Council showed off its fantastic new digs; The Molly Grace hosted an evening of wine, prizes, and Chamber discounts; The Highlands Chamber Spring fling rocked the night away at Old Edwards Inn; and The Highlands Playhouse staged an entertaining After Hours event.

The Chamber’s Executive Director, Bob Kieltyka says, “It is such fun to gather one evening a month with Chamber members outside of the workplace to relax, socialize, catch up on business news, share ideas, and build friendships.”

Business After Hours events are a tradition in Highlands offering Chamber of Commerce members an excellent opportunity to grow their businesses and explore ways to become more involved with the Chamber of Commerce and the community.

The Highlands Chamber Business After Hours events are traditionally on the second or third Thursday of the month (March thru November) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In 2020 there will be one held every month.

A Chamber member who wants to showcase his/her business usually sponsors gatherings. The main purpose is to hear the latest Chamber news and to network and socialize with other members and guests.

The Spring Fling and Autumn Ovation are the two big events of the year. Autumn Ovation is the fall event presented by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce to recognize Chamber members and to present awards to individuals and businesses for their outstanding service to the town of Highlands.

Interested future members are encouraged to attend a Business After Hours event. Call the Chamber, (828) 526-5841, and inquire about these meetings and more activities your active Highlands Chamber of Commerce offers all year ‘round.

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