The art of networking

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By Lauren Olsen

COM-Chamber Luncheon BonnerThis month’s Westfield Chamber of Commerce luncheon was a networking event designed to help Westfield’s professionals meet and mingle. The event was held at The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., and offered each member a chance to participate in three rounds of networking with people outside their field, giving them a chance to meet people they otherwise may not have met.

Christina Bonner, community relations and enrollment specialist, attended the event and found it to be beneficial for her professional career as well as personal gain.

“The benefit of networking with companies in the area is not only for professional gain, but a way to learn about new personal endeavors as well,” she said.

Many other people at the event had the same sentiments. They enjoyed making professional connections but also appreciated getting to know more people in the community on a personal level.

Leon Ferren owns a Money Mailer franchise, which is a direct marketing company that helps advertise for local businesses also attended the event. He enjoys running a business in Westfield that allows him to help propel his fellow professionals forward.

“The event hosted by the Westfield Chamber of Commerce is bringing local entrepreneurs together to share their stories and what their hopes and goals are for the future,” he said.

Another Chamber member in attendance was Nicholas Feipel, Doctor of Optometry at Busby Eye Care, who found the event particularly valuable.

“It was extremely beneficial for a young professional to not only meet a lot of great and experienced professional business owners, but to also improve on my networking skills in such a great community,” Feipel said.

The next Westfield Chamber monthly luncheon is March 20 at The Bridgewater Club. The keynote address will be an update on the U.S. 31 project.


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