Business After Hours

Business After Hours provides an opportunity for a company to introduce itself to the business community. This program allows the host/sponsor to showcase its business, services, and facilities to fellow Chamber members. It also offers members the chance to meet one another and network in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

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Host a Business After hours

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly networking event for members, prospective members, and guests. This function is known as Business After Hours. The event is typically held every first Thursday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours or are currently scheduled as a host, please review the following guidelines to ensure a great experience for you and your guests.

CONTACT: Travis Frye, Program & Events Director, (336) 786-6116 ext 204, Travis@MtAiryNCChamber.org

Catering / Supplies

The business hosting the event is providing the space and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Although the Chamber does not charge the host to put on the event, we do require that you support other Chamber Members in your planning. If it is not your business, Chamber Members should provide all hors d’oeuvres, beverages and services. Providing wine/beer at the event is optional and at the discretion of the host business. The staff can provide you with a list of suppliers for your specific need. It is best to keep the food simple but plentiful. Food set up in several locations is best so that the crowd does not stand in line too long.

Attendance

The normal attendance at these functions runs somewhere between 40-75 people; however, numbers have gone as high as 120 people. The location, time of year, event activities, and food options can all affect the number in attendance.

Entrance

The hosting business will need to set up a table and two chairs at the entrance of the event to be used for greeting, business card collection, and for Chamber information display.

Theme

Themes are optional and are at the discretion of the host. Although, keep in mind events are better attended when we advertise with theme/entertainment/beverages. If you need help on an idea, the Chamber can help you with your planning.

Networking

Casual networking is from 5:30-6pm and 6:30-7pm. During this time guests will eat and mingle.

The Program

After 6pm (or when we seem to have a large crowd) the Chamber will welcome everyone and go over any upcoming Chamber events. The host business will be introduced and then have the opportunity to talk about their business/organization and highlight their products or services.

Door Prizes

The host business is asked to provide a door prize for the event. These can be anything to promote your business such as products or gift cards from your business or another Chamber Member business. Door prizes are usually drawn around 6:15. At that time representatives of the Chamber will announce the winners.

Most Important

Have fun! The Chamber deeply appreciates the efforts of each business that hosts this monthly event. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the hosting business to showcase themselves in the best light possible. Remember, the attendees are our local business community. Owners, management, and staff should be visible so that attendees will have the opportunity to meet their hosts.

FAQ

No. You are welcome to come and go as you please. We understand everyone has families and commitments to attend to, but a few minutes at BAH event may mean a new business client for you! Winners of the door prizes must be present to win.

The Chamber staff will do their best to ensure you feel comfortable. When you come to a BAH, you may be provided with a nametag or feel free to wear your own. You can write both your name and business on the tag. Often times, this is all it takes to strike a conversation with others saying, “Aren’t you located by …” or “We just ordered supplies from you.”
Just because you get the invitation personally at your company does not limit the invitation to you, alone! We encourage you to bring your whole team. Your company is listed as a member, therefore, anyone employed with you is invited. Just make sure to provide the RSVP link to all employees so that we know how many people to expect. Non-Chamber-Members and guests are also invited. We only ask that you provide a business card at the registration table.

Bring business cards! The entry fee is one business card and this will also make you eligible to win a door prize. Bring enough business cards to hand out to the potential clients you’ll speak to.

We always recommend business casual attire when there is not a theme. The main point is to just dress comfortably and confidently.