Young professionals join forces in Hagerstown

January 15, 2012

The newly formed Hagerstown Young Professionals held its first official meeting Jan. 4 at Bulls & Bears restaurant in Hagerstown.

The group focuses on networking, community service and business development.

The group will organize monthly meetings so young professionals can network with one another, discuss employment opportunities, and hear stories of success and inspiration from entrepreneurs who have made significant accomplishments in the local business community.

The group strives to grow and retain the young professional core of Hagerstown by bridging the gap between the existing and incoming generations of business leaders. In addition, the members will play an active role in the community through various service projects, giving financially and through outreach opportunities.

Cort Meinelschmidt, a graduate of Williamsport High School and co-owner of Sentinel Capital Solutions, is the group’s president.

Hagerstown Young Professionals will partner with organizations like the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and local colleges to reach out to young professionals who are interested in developing their talents in business, and to find successful business people who can help lead by example.

The group is open to professionals ages 18 to 40 who live or work in the Hagerstown and Washington County areas. College students who are attending institutions locally or out of the area are welcome to join.

The group’s officers, in addition to Meinelschmidt, are vice president, Jill Reddecliff, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; public relations, Kelsi Waltemire, Verstandig Broadcasting; secretary, Chelsea Miller, Sentinel Capital Solutions; treasurer, Kelly Spreng, Knob Hall Winery; membership, Kathryn Gratton, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; and education coordinator, Stacey Miller, Power Marketing.

Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of every month at Bulls & Bears.

There will be no fees for membership. Instead, the group is seeking business sponsorships, offering companies the opportunity to network with young professionals and showcase their businesses during the meetings.

Those interested in sponsorship may contact Meinelschmidt at 301-665-9038.

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