Morning Mingle

Local business owners and representatives gathered Friday at the Patriots’ Grill at American Legion Post 233 in Loganville for a Morning Mingle networking event.

LOGANVILLE — The scene was simple enough. Tucked away in the new Patriots’ Grill at the American Legion Post 233 on Friday morning, a handful of local business representatives grew to more than three dozen. There were business cards exchanged, stories shared and plenty of information to go around as they gathered over coffee and breakfast foods.

About 12 hours earlier, in Monroe, the scene was similar at The Well as business representatives gathered for a revival of the Business After Hours event hosted by the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

They go by different names — Morning Mingle, Coffee Connections, Monthly Merchant Coffees, Promotions Meeting, Business After Hours —  but they all serve the goal of bringing together Walton County’s different business communities.

“Networking is so vital in our community for a multitude of reasons —  it allows us to shop local, keep our money local and keep businesses thriving in Loganville,” Michelle Lynch, marketing director for American Legion Post 233, said.  “Our business community in Loganville is very close knit with excellent communication. We work together whether it is with recommendations, bartering services or giving advice. We never know when we will need to utilize someone’s goods or services. It is perfect to already have a contact before the need arises.

“For us, there were two incredible benefits I can think of instantly from hosting the networking group last week. Many folks in our community have not had the opportunity to see our renovation at the post. We were very proud to host the group and showcase the Main Hall and Patriots’ Grill. Also, it is a big misconception that the activities sponsored by the post are private. It is the complete opposite. The majority of the events taking place at the post are open to the public. Anyone can join us for bingo, karaoke, dancing, poker, etc. We are always thrilled to see new faces at our events.”

Business After Hours is a networking opportunity allowimg business owners and employees alike to relax, catch-up on the latest community on goings and enjoy some light food and drinks.

Jim McCoy with Community and Southern Bank took the opportunity to announce the bank has become the fifth largest bank in the state.

Among others who attended, were business owners and employees from Carmichael’s, USPS, State Farm and chamber members. The turnout of over 25 people was great considering Business After Hours has only been back in, “business,” long enough to have held one event, this being the second. After seven years of Business After Hours being put on hold, Dr. Ram K. Reddy and staff hosted the networking event and celebration of the Reddy Urgent Care Monroe office reaching their one-year anniversary.

Monthly Merchant Coffees began in Social Circle more than five years ago and is held the second Tuesday of each month at a different business. There are quarterly Industrial Leaders Lunches as well. To learn more email Mike Miller at mikemiller@socialcirclega.com.

To learn more about the Morning Mingles, held the third Friday of each month in Loganville at a different location, contact Kristy Peters at kpeters@loganville-ga.gov.

In Monroe, a Promotions Meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month and Merchants Coffee the first Tuesday of each month. To learn more call 770-266-5334.

The Walton County Chamber of Commerce offers monthly Coffee Connections and other events. To learn more email connie@waltonchamber.org.

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