It has been a few years since the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Business After Hours program but last Thursday, the program was reinstated with the event held at Choice Financial Bank.
Posted on 11/23/13
By Lee Coleman
“It has been awhile since we had it,” said Chamber Director Barb Melhoff. “Four years ago, there wasn’t very much interest but honestly, times are changing and the Chamber is going through some growing pains which is a good thing.”
With a membership roll of 104 members, Melhoff said the goal is to maintain the events already in place while nurturing the new ideas that come along.
“We want to maintain the events we have been doing but also to get the new ideas done and accomplished,” she said. “This is the first year back with the Business After Hours and we want to learn from it.”
Current Chamber plans call for the networking, social tool to be held every other month at a different business that volunteers to host the evening.
Choice president Todd Borchardt said he was happy to host the first event.
“The incentive to host is a great way to showcase your business,” he said. “It is a good way for our employees to come out and meet business people in the community.
“It is a good social networking get-together to have a bite to eat and relax.”
Stables Supper Club catered finger foods and pizza for the event while Sporty’s Bar brought in wine and beer selections for guests.
“It is a good opportunity for those folks to showcase their businesses and show what kind of products they have to offer.” Borchardt explained. “One of our primary focuses is to remain a community bank and events like this really help us continue that aspect of business in working with local community businesses and being able to show everyone what we’re all about.”
Choice Bank has 22 full time employees in Langdon.
“We are in the service business,” said Choice president Greg Goodman. “The most important part of this event is the interaction amongst our employees. We’re about service and our claim to fame is about the service end of it.
“A healthy bank means a healthy community and we’re looking forward to what that brings us in 2014.”