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Springfield Regional Chamber Event to Feature Speed Networking

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold its bimonthly Lunch n Learn with a new twist — speed networking — on Wednesday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Quinta Inns & Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield.

“We have had so much interest in our speed-networking events that we have added an additional event at lunch,” said Sarah Mazzaferro, member services director. “Participants have an opportunity to network during lunch and then really get down to the business of learning about each other and pitching their companies during the speed networking portion of the event.”

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, seated across from each other. Each group member will have 60 seconds to give his or her elevator speech to the person seated directly across. Once each member has given their elevator speech, they will change seats, and the process will begin again with a new partner. The round-robin format of networking will continue until the event is over.

The event will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. To accommodate the event, no admittance will be allowed after noon, and lunch will no longer be served. Reservations cost $25 for members, $35 for general admission. Reservations must be made online and in advance at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by contacting Mazzaferro at [email protected].

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