Big Sky Young Professionals off to an Amazing Start

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Have you heard of the Big Sky Young Professionals yet? The group got it's unofficial start in early November when a focus group of approximately 20 young professionals living and working in Big Sky, MT met at the Chamber to brainstorm about the group's focus, makeup and future. From there we developed a mission statement that reads as follows: 

The Big Sky Young Professionals is a group dedicated to bringing like-minded established and aspiring young professionals and entrepreneurs aged 21-39 together to network, collaborate, share ideas, stories and experiences of living and working in Big Sky, MT to help strengthen relationships, create opportunities, provide a sense of belonging and grow as professionals.

Building on that initial energy, we formed a Facebook group which quickly grew to it's current count of 146 members. We met again in November and broke out into 4 newly formed committees: Events/Social, Marketing/PR, Membership and Budget. From there we got to work transforming ideas into action, and the plan for the official Kick Off event began to take shape.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors (Elevated Tax & Accounting, Buck's T-4 and Tallie Lancey - Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty), we held our Kick Off Party at the Lone Peak Brewery Loft on Wednesday, December 7th. Nearly 100 young professionals joined us for speed networking, complete with a cowbell to mark the time. The unique conversation-starting nametags prompted attendees to write down a goal for 2017 for all to see. Awesome raffle prizes from the 320 Ranch, Buck's T-4, the Lone Peak Brewery and Yellowstone Club were given out. 

By the time the official end time of the event came around, it became clear it was going to be hard to empty the room. The networking, it turned out, kept going. Out into the hallway, down the stairs, and most importantly, out into the community and office the following day. What we've learned in our first month and a half of this group, is that we're providing something that Big Sky needs. We're not 100% sure what each monthly event will look like, but we are crystal clear that the group's very formation has struck a chord with an important segment of our community that was begging for engagement. We can't wait to carry this great momentum forward into 2017 and beyond!!
 

Click Here to view a photo gallery of the Kick Off Party.

Click Here for more information on sponsorship and membership.