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Build Your Rolodex in Less Than an Hour at ACCGS Event

SPRINGFIELD — Back by popular demand, the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) will present an afternoon of speed networking on Wednesday, September 16 at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, immediately followed by “Say Goodbye to Summer at the Lake,” an evening of informal networking at its After 5. The combination of events will provide attendees the opportunity to meet new contacts in a formal manner, then continue conversations in an informal and casual setting.

The core concept to speed networking is the ‘elevator speech,’ a short summary of an individual, business, organization, product, or service — a summary that a person could deliver in the time span of a short elevator ride. Attendees will be divided into two groups. Members of each group have an allotted period of time to deliver ‘speeches’ to each other. Once the allotted time is up, members then change partners. The round-robin format of networking will continue until the event is over, at which time attendees can move to the casual atmosphere of the After 5.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. with registration and instructions. To accommodate the event, no admittance will be allowed after 3:55 p.m. The event ends at 5 p.m., and the After 5 runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reservations are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and includes admission to the After 5. Registration for the After 5 only is $5 for members, $10 for general admission. Reservations may be made online and in advance at www.myonlinechamber.com or by e-mailing Sarah Mazzaferro at [email protected].

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