I made a brief mention of this on the MTBN blog but this needs its' own blog. Being a member of four Chambers and several other business groups, you could say I believe in the power of networking.
Part of my market is global, but networking is an important aspect. It is critical to our local business effort. You can advertise special events and sales, but building a person to person network has long-lasting benefits.
This Thursday will be the first in what many hope will be a monthly gathering of local business people to socialize as well as network for the improvement of all business in Bedford County. Kudos to Heritage Medical Center, The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and a core of individual business persons who worked hard to get this started.
I would bet that there will be a wide variety of folks there, coming straight from work, so I would not think you have to go home first. Getting the word out about your business and meeting people in person is what I believe this is all about.
They are advertising it as "Heavy Hors 'devours" so I would expect you don't need to eat before you come either. I can always "force" myself to eat a little something.