It was both a great idea, and a wonderful event! Where? Tequila Sunrise located at 145 Larchmont Avenue (914-834-6378). The event? A Speed Networking Event as suggested by Theresa Viti-Finck of TD Bank . With Valentine’s Day around the corner , it just seemed the perfect way to celebrate a cold and wintry Thursday evening, and yet have fun. Carolyn Fugere, President of the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce (and also Manager of the Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s Larchmont office), and her very active Board, promptly agreed, and so over 30 businesses and Chamber of Commerce members (and their guests) attended the event (6 pm – 7:30 pm) where for just $15, we enjoyed some aperitifs, hors-d’oeuvres and good conversation.
Carolyn discussed future events (all sounding wonderful), praised the increase of membership due to the Board Members hard work and dedication, and how there are more ‘likes’ on the web site -thanks to Megan McCarthy of Coldwell-Banker who is in charge of the site. Definitely a team effort, but a very worthwhile one. Solar energy was also discussed. It was immensely enjoyable! With speed networking being the topic, it was suggested that each participant introduce themselves, their business, and how they can better help each other all in one and half minutes each.
I was able to sit and chat with Nancy and her husband from ‘The Flower Bar”. I had the pleasure of interviewing Nancy the other week when writing a post about her store, but learned yesterday how she is a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club, which is great to know if you are planning a wedding there. I sat with Fran Mannix of “Children’s Creative Corner” located at 7 Addison Street, Willie Sullivan of “Tile Design of Westchester” also located at 7 Addison Street, Edward Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Design, Inc. (custom carpentry and kitchen design), Mary Jo Franze, Marketing Director of ‘Online Marketing Solutions’, Nancy Davilman of ND Interiors, LLC, Vonnie Sullivan of the “Village Mercantile”, Jaine Elkind Eney, Esq, Lisa Sangster, Helen Propersi, Michele Wenzler, Diana Schwatka, from the Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s office, Marsha Pilat Davis, Phyllis Jacobs, Dee Van Eyck, and I could go on and on! I did mention there were over 30 Great networking ideas (people!)..
There is still time to sign up for a Valentine’s inspired art class tonight at Tequila Sunrise with local artist and teacher , Carey Federspiel of Art Partay. Just $35. 7:30-9:30 pm. 2/11.Carey@artpartay.com .
It was a fantastic way to get to know each other, and how we are all working for a common goal. Namely, how to help strengthen the business community, and in turn Larchmont. Have YOU joined the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce yet?
Larchmont is GREAT!