WHEATLAND – After not having a gathering for networking and fellowship from local businesses for over 18 months, the Platte County Chamber of Commerce organized a “Community Mixer” Oct. 21 at C.H. Brown Equipment Finance from 5-7 p.m.
“This is wonderful,” said Platte County Chamber executive director Shawna Reichert. “It’s good to see our business community come back together and be able to do that networking and socializing and getting to experience things as a whole again.”
The community mixer had many people coming and going for two hours, networking, reconnecting with familiar faces from Platte County and meeting people new to the area and local business. The gathering saw over 20 businesses represented.
“C.H. Brown approached the Chamber and asked if they could be our first mixer,” Reichert said. “The wanted to hold an open house and customer appreciation at the same time.”
People in the community who may not have known about the C.H. Brown business and operation had personal tours though their building at 20 W. Frontage Road in Wheatland. Brown employees from the chief operating officer, Ed Meyer to senior vice president Mark Birkle and business development and sales director Kit West not only gave building tours but also provided history and information about the C.H. Brown Equipment Finance business.
As for the Chamber mixers, there are going to be some changes after having gone through the hiatus.
“We are looking for a little different plan,” Reichert said. “We are still going to go once a month, but we are also looking at a ‘Lunch and Learn’ idea. Our first ‘Lunch and Learn’ will be next month and what that is going to incorporate is we have Cindy DeLancey, president of the Wyoming Business Alliance coming in and going to speak about the legislative process and about the way that things work down there as we’re heading into that season.”
“We are going to do these ‘Lunch and Leans’ to give people a chance to either tell us about their business or we’re going to bring in people like Verizon who will give a tutorial on how to run your smartphone,” Reichert said.
In addition to the ‘Lunch and Learns,’ the Chamber is also going to be adding even more activities to their quest to keep Platte County connected.
“We are also going to start doing ‘Coffee Stirs,’ she said. “What that is, some people can’t do these business after hours Chamber mixers, so we want to make sure we are hitting all of our members. So we are going to do the ‘Coffee Stirs’ which are stir stands for socializing, talking, interacting and remembering. We are going to do that coming up soon as well.”
The next Chamber meeting will be Nov. 16 and it will be a “Lunch and Learn.” In December the Chamber will hosting their open house which will a type of community business Christmas party.