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Business Exchange Luncheon: THE Can’t-Miss Chamber Networking Event

Four Chamber Members Share Why Our Business Exchange Luncheon is a Can't-Miss Networking Event

If you’re not networking, then you’re not working to grow your business. Jay Samit, Vice Chairman of Deloitte Digital once said, “Networking is all about connecting with people. But then again, isn’t that what life is about? The more time you can find to get out of the office and build true friendships, the farther your startup will go. Entrepreneurs need to remember to spend as much time working on their business as they do in their business.”

What better way to build professional and personal connections than at our number one networking event?

Keep reading to find out why our members love attending our Business Exchange Luncheons (BEX) every other month.


Lesa Bergsma
Professional Development Manager, Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEX)

Four Chamber Members Share Why Our Business Exchange Luncheon is the Best Event to Create Great Connections

Why attend BEX, specifically, rather than other networking events?

What I like about BEX is that it creates a more casual environment to get to know people. The table conversations are an opportunity to learn more about each business a person represents. I’ve definitely made many connections at BEX! People have asked me all about IPEX and how we can help their organization. It’s really a great event.


Felix Davis
Allegra Marketing, Account Executive

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Why do you attend BEX?

Networking is vital in connecting with other businesses in the same community as you. BEX specifically has a great turnout and everyone is there to connect. The lunches are always great, too!


Kristen Burnett, Corporate Director of Catering, AHC+ Hospitality & Kelsey Bigelow, Event Manager, JW Marriott

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Why is networking vital for a professional?

Kristen: Networking is important for building businesses, getting referrals, and keeping it in Grand Rapids!

Why do you like attending BEX?

Kelsey: The networking is great, and so is having those quick fires of explaining what your company offers, and hearing other people’s pitches. It’s kind of a confidence builder!


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