Organizers of an upcoming networking event in Williams Lake are hoping it will be the first of many more.
Beth Veenkamp, the city’s economic development officer, and former city councillor Laurie Walters, who is the business liaison for the Williams Lake Hiring Initiative, said Networking After 5, taking place Thursday, Jan. 23, will provide an opportunity for locals to meet new people and connect.
“There’s been no after hours networking opportunities for some time,” Veenkamp said.
“Through the Williams Lake Hiring Initiative, one of things we’ve heard from employers loud and clear is there’s an interest in providing a space and forum for people to get together just to have direct conversations and networking.”
Slated to run from 5 to 7 p.m., Veenkamp said it will be short and sweet, with no formal program, and nobody speaking on a mic.
“We hope it will become an opportunity through our business partners to host these six times a year. This one will be the test pilot to see if people like the forum and to see if we can get people out on a cold night in January,” she added.
The Williams Lake Hiring Initiative is co-hosting the event with Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Williams Lake and WorkBC Employment Services.
Each of the co-hosts will have a table at the forum as well.
Live music will be provided by Brian Sawyer, Rick Mathews and Glenn Robson.
Admission is $10 at the door and includes a drink ticket and appies.