QUINTE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PRESS RELEASE
DATE: June 13, 2014
Re: New Group dedicated to Young Professionals
Quinte West, ON: There is a new group in Quinte West made up of 19-39 year olds who want to work together to share knowledge, build their social and professional networks and foster the growth of the Quinte Region. Quinte Young Professionals (QYP) was formed by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce for young business people and entrepreneurs and is being led by a group of young leaders from the Quinte Region. Trenval Business Development Corporation, along with futurpreneur Canada are also supporting the creation of this new group in the region.
“Our young people are an important asset to our community,” says Quinte West chamber manager Suzanne Andrews. “Our chamber along with many others in the province are supporting the development of a Young Professional Network in our community as it is important for youth retention, leadership & workforce development, community engagement and entrepreneurship. You do not have to work in a profession to be part of this group and we hope that all young people that are looking to expand their networks will check out QYP.”
Quinte Young Professionals is open to anyone working in the Quinte area that falls within the age group specified. A young professional is not specifically the job or the education someone has but is used in this instance to describe someone who represents themselves in an ethical and courteous manner in his or her workplace. It includes employees, business owners, trades people, artists & entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds.
“We started with a simple, but powerful mission: To engage and empower young professionals through community, professional and social opportunities,” says Quinte Young Professionals chair Meagan Reid who works at QuintEssential Credit Union in Trenton. “In April we held a focus group with 15 young professionals from wide-ranging careers as well as experience levels. It was important for us to see if there was going to be interest in this. It was unbelievable the interest and excitement that came from that first meeting! Everyone agreed that this is a group we need in the Quinte Region and couldn’t wait to start planning the first event.”
Membership in the group is free and their launch event on Thursday, June 26 is a great opportunity to come and meet other members to see if this group is for you. The networking event takes place at Stix and Stones in Trenton from 5 to 7pm with light refreshments served and a cash bar. Bring your business cards and enter the free draw for an iPad mini, donated by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce.
“We want young professionals to have an opportunity to build their networks and create a stronger tie to our community, says committee member Kristina Lane who is also the Marketing & Events Coordinator at the Small Business Centre and a young professional herself. “The more active we are as young people in the community, the more likely we are to remain here and in the end, this group really wants to help aid in youth retention.”
If you would like to find out more about Quinte Young Professionals you can call 613-392-7635 or check out their website at www.quinteyoungprofessionals.com or you can find them on Facebook or twitter QuinteYP #QYP
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