The next Business After Hours event, organized by the Bartow Business and Contractors Connection in conjunction with the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at The Original Steak and Rib House, 305 Market Place Blvd., Cartersville, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 24.
The monthly networking event is an informal gathering designed to promote interaction amongst local professionals, business owners and any other interested parties. Each one is free and open to the public.
This month, newly opened The Original Steak and Rib House will open its doors to host the myriad of networkers as the owners of the restaurant themselves seek to establish a strong reputation in the local community.
“We feel like Cartersville is [a] new and growing area, and we feel fortunate that we’re here,” said Parviz Abedi, who co-owns the restaurant with Dave Poe. “And we feel like we’re in [a] wonderful spot, in terms of the new upcoming and growing area. We want people to know us, so I think it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our product, our restaurant and let people know what we do. And additionally, we like to be involved with [the] community.”
The restaurant opened in June, but Abed said he and Poe have already been collaborating with local churches, at least one high school and at least one nonprofit organization to coordinate partnerships. At Business After Hours, the pair of restaurateurs hope to further their community connections while offering attendees a sampling of their menu items, including ribs, beef brisket, onion rings and side dishes such as macaroni and cheese.
But whether you go for the food or the business aspects of the event, said Chamber Membership Coordinator Cheryl Hyde, the opportunities for connecting with others are ample.
“One of my first things I tell our new members is, they have to go to Business After Hours,” she said. “Business After Hours is the best opportunity just for pure networking. There’s no agenda, there’s no real program. ... I encourage people to meet three new people they’ve never met before and try and learn something else about somebody else. At least three people while you’re there. And people rarely leave without having done that.”
She continued, “Business After Hours, no matter where it’s held, is an event [for] anybody who’s wondering about the Chamber, wondering what we do. That is probably the best way for them to come and get a good feel for who’s involved and who is a part of it and what it means to be a member of the Chamber.”
All attendees are encouraged to bring their business cards, flyers and brochures. For more information, call the Chamber at 770-382-1466 or visit http://www.cartersvillechamber.com/.