Manchester Young Professionals Network Merges with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

By November 14, 2017Advocacy, Chamber Insights

 

Manchester Young Professionals Network Merges with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

New Partnership to Transform Efforts in Manchester to Attract, Retain and Support

On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and the Manchester Young Professionals Network (MYPN) announced the details of a recently completed merger between the two organizations. The event was held at PillPack, a fast-growth company located in Manchester’s Millyard.

“The GMCC and MYPN have a common purpose in ensuring that Manchester is a welcoming home for young professionals, whether they are looking for a job, a place to raise their family, or for a night out,” said Mike Skelton, GMCC President and CEO. “This new partnership will allow the GMCC and MYPN to combine resources and take our workforce development efforts to new heights at a time when nearly every company is concerned with attracting and retaining young talent.”

“MYPN has a rich thirteen-year history as the state’s first and largest young professional network that is powered entirely by volunteers,” said Laura Gamache, Chair of the MYPN Board of Directors. “This merger with the Chamber will allow for MYPN to access new resources to improve and expand our programming and benefits for our young professional members. Given the business growth we are seeing in Manchester, it is more important than ever that our community has a thriving young professional network and this partnership will help ensure that is the case.”

As part of this new partnership, MYPN will merge into the GMCC and become a formal, permanent program of the Chamber. The MYPN Board of Directors will reconstitute itself as the MYPN Advisory Council and manage and oversee the MYPN program with the GMCC. The MYPN Advisory Council will work closely with the GMCC Board of Directors to develop strategic initiatives that advance the mission of MYPN to attract, retain, and support young professionals to the community. The GMCC will provide MYPN with staff support, access to new potential corporate sponsors, and a pipeline to Chamber member companies who have young professional employees who are not currently engaged with MYPN. As part of the GMCC, MYPN will continue to offer unique programming for young professionals, including social events, professional development and educational opportunities, and mentorship programs.

An official “Selfie,” to commemorate the merger. Left to Right: Preston Hunter, Mike Skelton, Laura Gamache & Alex Horton

 

In the Media:

Union Leader – New Partnership Aims to Keep Young Professionals in City

Union Leader – Smart Partnership: Chamber and Young Professionals

What People are Saying

About the merger between the GMCC and MYPN

“The GMCC and MYPN have a common purpose in ensuring that Manchester is a welcoming home for young professionals, whether they are looking for a job, a place to raise their family, or for a night out. This new partnership will allow the GMCC and MYPN to combine resources and take our workforce development efforts to new heights at a time when nearly every company is concerned with attracting and retaining young talent,” Mike Skelton, President & CEO, GMCC

“MYPN has a rich thirteen-year history as the state’s first and largest young professional network that is powered entirely by volunteers. This merger with the Chamber will allow for MYPN to access new resources to improve and expand our programming and benefits for our young professional members. Given the business growth we are seeing in Manchester, it is more important than ever that our community has a thriving young professional network and this partnership will help ensure that is the case,” Laura Gamache, Realtor, Gamache Real Estate Group & Keller Williams Realty-Metropolitan; Chair, MYPN Board of Directors

“A merger between MYPN and the GMCC will strengthen both organizations’ efforts toward a common goal of making sure young professionals want to live, work and spend time here in Manchester, NH. During my time as Chair of MYPN, the Board spent an entire year working on this merger agreement. We as a Board believe that this new partnership will ensure the continued success of MYPN and will assist us in growing our reach to young professionals across Southern New Hampshire,” Alex Horton, Owner, Cafe la Reine; Past Chair, MYPN Board of Directors

“The Chamber realized that the work MYPN does to strengthen our young professional workforce is vital to the economic development of our area, so we jumped at the opportunity to find a way that we could work together to amplify their efforts. Lack of workforce is one of the top concerns of our members, so we are thrilled to be tackling this challenge together, with MYPN,” Preston Hunter, Vice President, Eckman Construction; Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, GMCC; Past Chair, MYPN Board of Directors

“Strengthening the relationship between the GMCC and MYPN will expand new opportunities and programs for young professionals looking to build their careers and lives in the Manchester area. This partnership is a huge win for both organizations as we respond to the needs of our business community to attract and retain top-notch talent,” Carolyn Leary, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs, GMCC