The Boathouse Pub sponsors the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's networking events, which will occur every two months. The next one is scheduled for June 11. The Chamber charges $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
For more information about Chamber programs and speed networking, visit www.steamboat-cha... and click "Business Directory & Membership," then "Chamber Programs," then "Networking Events."
Steamboat Springs Business veterans and newbies talked up a storm Tuesday afternoon at The Boathouse Pub.
The 24 participants had no choice but to keep their discussions short and direct at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's speed networking event. They joined in pairs and had five minutes to talk before moving on. A roofer chatted with a hypnotherapist, and a longtime lumber official hobnobbed with an outdoor adventure entrepreneur.
Many walked away pleased.
"I kind of got an upbeat feeling about the economy from people who are trying to get things off the ground," said Luke Berliel, who attended to talk about new solar products at Wilson Roofing.
He stood talking afterward with Danny Tebbenkamp, who was promoting his new business, Boardom Bound. Tebbenkamp will teach people to river board, wake board and kite board in summer. In winter, he'll teach some of those activities on snow.
Tebbenkamp is a new Chamber member.
"I just joined them, and they said, 'Come on up,'" he said.
Tuesday was the Chamber's second speed networking event, Membership Director Amy Minotto said. The Chamber limits the group to 24 people and has gotten positive feedback, she said.
"We're really trying to increase the networking opportunities for Steamboat," Minotto said. "I think it's important now with the economy."
The Boathouse sponsors the networking events, which will occur every two months. The next one is scheduled for June 11. The Chamber charges $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
Photographer Shauna Lamansky was speed networking for the second time. She does mostly portrait photography and recently moved to a studio in the Lorenz Building downtown. Lamansky said she's generated interest in her business by meeting new people at the Chamber event.
Bonnie Stevens, of Mountain High Appliance, shared Lamansky's veteran speed networker status. Her business shares a showroom with two others and is planning a grand opening.
Stevens said she was pleased with the networking experience.
"It's not an instant gratification because not everyone's going to need a new refrigerator or a new range right away," she said. "It's word of mouth and referrals."