Business Before/After Hours
This members-only monthly business networking event is organized by the Chamber at a different location each month and is held either before or after typical 9am-5pm business hours in order to give our members an exclusive monthly opportunity to network, connect, and build relationships with each other. These open-house style event allows members to showcase their business or organization and is an ideal opportunity to meet other area business people and potential clients.
Each Business Before/After Hours (BB/AH) event also gives attendees an opportunity to win ad space in our e-newsletter, the ChamberGram, which is distributed monthly to hundreds of area professionals. All that is needed to win the Attendee Ad is your business card, so don’t forget to put one in our drawing when you sign-in — and bring some extra for those connections you’ll surely make at the event!
Host businesses are given the choice between holding a Business Before Hours event, which runs from 8:00am – 9:30am, or a Business After Hours event, which typically is held from 4pm-5:30pm. BB/AH events generally occur on the third Wednesday of each month, except in September and December when we do not hold an event.
To see details on our upcoming Business Before/After Hours, check out our events calendar.
Young Athens Professionals (YAP) Happy Hours
The Athens Area Chamber was delighted to become an organizing partner for the Young Athens Professionals social networking group in 2021 alongside the Athens County Economic Development Council and local staffing agency Career Connections.
Founded in December 2009, YAP’s mission is to encourage the young professionals of Athens to meet and network while supporting local businesses. YAP supports its mission by holding monthly happy hours at a different local business each month to help our attendees explore and support the local community. We typically announce our next location at least a month in advance, and try to provide free appetizers for attendees at each event. There are no membership fees or dues, all events are free and open to the public, and all you need to do is show up and be ready to connect with others!