Ten years ago this week, the then Deputy President of GalwayChamber John Madden introduced the first ever Galway Chamber Business After Hours networking event in Baron’s Self Storage, Tuam Road.
Mr Madden said the main purpose of the new initiative was to network, to promote individual businesses, to provide an outlet for various business owners to meet each other, to exchange ideas and ultimately, to do business.
The Baron’s Self Storage hosts on the night were Rick Considineand Gerard Hosty and representatives from more than 35 companies showed up. At the time, Gerard Hosty said that they were delighted to host the event, “which provides an invaluable opportunity for many businesses to network”. He said he expected it to open doors for the company, which was especially useful for a new business like his.
Since 2004, Galway Chamber members have hosted over 90 Business After Hours networking events in member premises, ranging from trains, to planes, to ships, hotels, castles, shops, offices, banks, factories, colleges, ice rinks, gyms and even a cinema. Recent attendances have been 80 plus and all attendees received a database of all other attendees.
Galway Chamber couldn’t have anticipated the success of the BAHs when they held their first one back in 2004 and, while many, many networking organizations and events have emerged over the decade, the longevity of the Galway Chamber BAH’s speaks for itself.
The tenth Anniversary Galway Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event will take place in Baron’s Self Storage on the Tuam Road today, Wednesday 26 March at 6pm.
Wishing the event well, President of Galway Chamber Jim Fennell said: “There is no doubt that part of our path to progress in business is networking. Networking is a strong tool for any business and its importance is increasing all the time. By attending an event such as the Galway Chamber BAHs, we know we will grow our businesses by getting to know more people, by increasing our reach and by getting our business message out there.”
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