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Shakopee Chamber of Commerce launches reinvented young professionals group

MinnPost’s YPN welcomes new member-group, Shakopee Connect, which held its inaugural celebration last month.

“There’s a lot of excitement about this group, and we’ve got some great educational, philanthropic and social events planned for the rest of the year,” says Michael Morris, director of business operations at St. Francis Regional Medical Center and chair of Shakopee Connect.

The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce previously tried to launch a young professionals group, but participation and member involvement never reached desired levels.

“The initial enthusiasm just sort of fizzled out,” says Morris, although young people’s need for networking and community engagement opportunities in the local area did not.

With renewed dedication, Morris and the other members of the Shakopee Connect board gave the group a facelift — and another chance.

“We decided we needed to restructure the group; now we allow young professionals to become Connect members regardless of whether they were already members of the Chamber. We’ve also focused more on branding — we came up with a new name, a new logo, developed a webpage and established a presence on Facebook and on Twitter.” 

So far, the group’s outlook is promising. Over 30 young leaders came out for the Shakopee Connect kickoff party on Jan. 18 — view photos below.

Shakopee Connect launch party on Jan. 18 at Pablo's Mexican Cantina in Shakopee, Minn.
Shakopee Connect launch party on Jan. 18 at Pablo’s Mexican Cantina in Shakopee, Minn.
Michael Morris (left) sharing information on upcoming Shakopee Connect events
Michael Morris (left) sharing information on upcoming Shakopee Connect events
Shakopee young professionals networking and competing at trivia
Shakopee young professionals networking and competing at trivia

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