A new group for "older" business people in Nanaimo has been formed.
The Old(ish) Pros Nanaimo held their first gathering at Brechin Lanes, which included an informal bowling tournament, Thursday morning. While just a few people participated, organizer Kimberly Plumley said hopes are high that the group will form the core of the new organization.
Plumley said the OPN is a "half-assed" professional development group designed to provide business owners and professionals who are more than 40 years old a place to hang out, talk among peers, bowl and "perhaps nap."
She said the OPN is inspired by the Young Professionals of Nanaimo, a local professional development group for people under 40, but geared toward people who are too old to be part of that organization.
"The YPN does fantastic work, but there's no place for older business people so we're forming the OPN to fill that need," Plumley said.
"Just six people turned out for our inaugural gathering and we're not entirely sure where we're going from here, but the idea is to support each other and have fun at the same time and we accomplished that at the gathering."
"There's real value to top-notch local business people gathering to share ideas, goals and strategy plans to build up our business relationships."
Alison Donaghey, from Sonshine Girls & Painting, was one of the attendees at the meeting.
She said building business relationships in an informal setting is "crucial."
Donaghey said there are other business organizations in Nanaimo for people of all ages, including the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, but the OPN provides an opportunity for people to "let their hair down and be who they are."
"I think the idea behind the OPN is great and I hope more people participate," she said.
For more information on the fledgling OPN, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-390-9285.
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