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Greater Valley Area!
Midway between Montgomery and Atlanta on the vital I-85 Corridor, the Greater Valley Area is four cities in three counties in two states. Our cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley are in Chambers County, Alabama, and West Point is in both Troup and Harris counties in Georgia. And the famed Chattahoochee River runs through it, offering unlimited scenic and recreational attractions. Home to KIA’s first US automotive plant in West Point, our area offers diverse economic and entrepreneurial opportunities, bountiful natural resources and an engaging lifestyle. You’ll never grow tired of exploring the potential!
Speed Networking a Big Hit!
The Fast-Pitch Speed Networking event on Feb. 25 got great reviews – by both the "pitchers" who promoted their products or services and by those in the audience who received the messages.
The event, first cancelled by bad weather on Jan. 28, featured most of the presenters who had signed up for the original date and picked up a few additions. The location was McKinney's Coffeehouse in the Point University Dining Hall in downtown West Point.
The purpose was to give local businesses an opportunity to do a "fast pitch" of their products and services to an audience made up of other businesses in the Greater Valley Area – a brainchild of two Chamber Ambassadors, Steve Boatner and John Radford. It was a free event, open to both Chamber of Commerce members and nonmembers.
Hosted by the Chamber's Ambassadors, the event got off to an early start – 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time – and moved at a rapid pace. Each "pitcher" had 90 seconds and most wrapped their pitches before the bell that signaled the end of their allotted time.
Following the presentations by 27 representatives of local businesses, there was informal one-on-one networking with the pitchers and the audience. Along with the networking, participants enjoyed coffee and snacks from McKinney's.
"We were really pleased with the turnout and with the way the 'pitchers' presented their businesses," said Chamber President Denise Clark. "This is especially good for small businesses to get the word out about all they can offer. There was a lot of enthusiasm among both the presenters and the audience. And the great coffee and atmosphere at McKinney's Coffeehouse really helped. Manager Troy Higdon was a great host."
"This is the first of several business networking events we hope to do in 2014," she said. "We'll probably do another speed networking later in the year. It's a great way to spotlight your business, attract new clients and customers and learn more about what's available locally."