One of the most common conversations in today’s professional realm is “How do we engage, retain, and attract young professionals, millennials?” As a response to this problem the Chamber began exploring the possibility of bringing back a young professionals network (YPN). In years past the Chamber operated a YPN, but as members began to age out there seemed to have been a lack of recruitment to keep the program running. After much deliberation the Chamber began the process of recruiting a group of young thinkers to form a YPN in September of 2016.
After three months of recruitment and brain storming the group came up with a name, mission, and goals for 2017. EPIC (Empowering Young Professionals in Chillicothe) was officially formed at the end of October 2016. The mission of this group is “The Ross County Young Professionals (EPIC) mission is to promote a community that attracts and retains young professionals in the Ross County/Chillicothe area. The Ross County Young Professionals efforts are to focus on connecting individuals to each other and to the community through social, civic, professional development and charitable endeavors.”. With hopes of hosting events to benefit various community projects, training, and networking opportunities the future of EPIC is bright.
Part of the mission of EPIC is to provide professional development opportunities for young professionals. Trainings considered for the future include: how to network, first impression training, and, professional communication skills.
The age range involved in EPIC includes all professionals ages 21-40 in and around Ross County. There is an annual membership fee which helps fund trainings and other professional development opportunities. When Seth Ash, past president of EPIC and Financial Advisor at Janney Montgomery Scott, was asked why he decided to be a part of EPIC he said “Educating and engaging our younger professionals is imperative because they are our future community and business leaders. Ross County has provided me with a respectable education, career, and a place to call home. Working with the Chamber on forming EPIC is a way for myself, and other members, to help grow and give back to this community that we are fortunate to be a part of.”
For more information about EPIC please call 740-702-2722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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