Main Street Portsmouth (MSP) is preparing for its quarterly coffee networking, which will take place Aug. 31 at 8 a.m., at the newly opened Hilltop Café.
The coffee networking event is a laid back social event for area residents and professionals to enjoy and learn from. Each session rotates to a new spot, with a new speaker and topic, which is done to highlight a plethora of local stops and people.
The upcoming networking event will be called Ownership 101, built around the theme of buying and selling property.
Three guest speakers will be speaking on a lightening panel. Those speaking will include area insurance salesman, business owner, and developer Sean Boldman; realtor and business owner Craig DeAtley; and Main Street Portsmouth Economic Vitality Chairman and Portsmouth US Bank Branch manager Donna Burton.
The three will give a short background on what they do and be available to answer any questions for anyone considering buying or selling property.
Burton chairs the committee that oversees the networking events, but this is a first for her to speak at one. She says that she is looking forward to being on the other side of things, especially because of the opportunities it affords small businesses.
“Small businesses play a crucial role in our communities, and have to meet and overcome a lot of challenges,” Burton said. “Leaders in these communities have to nurture and provide resources for these businesses to thrive. The coffee networking event helps by focusing on providing advice, sharing success stories and providing an opportunity to just converse one on one with each other.”
The crowds vary, but Main Street Portsmouth explains that the events have a following of regulars, not just those wanting to take something away from the educational topics.
“While we strive to offer area residents and business owners insight and lessons on important topics, we also emphasize the networking and social side of the event,” Main Street Portsmouth Executive Director Joseph Pratt said. “We encourage guests to chat with their neighbors and hear what is going on. It is always a good time and guests take away, not only new lessons and better friends, but increased pride in their community.”
Previous speakers and hosts of 2016 were Francesca Hartop of Port City and Gracie Plum, as well as Kim Cutlip, Toni Dengel, and Therese Egbert of the Scioto Foundation.
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