CLINTON — After a several-year break, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back Biz After 5, an event for members of the chamber to get together and share ideas and initiatives.

The first will be at Slops, 1015 13th Ave. North, in Clinton, on Thursday.

Stacy Kelley, a new chamber employee, said she’s been going business to business introducing herself and getting a feel for membership morale. As the membership engagement coordinator, bringing back and adding more events is Kelley’s main goal.

Clinton business owners are excited about the comeback of the monthly event.

“I feel very sternly that we should all know each other and we should all like each other, that would be great, too,” Kelley said. “What this does is provide an opportunity to meet with people in Clinton with the same goal.”

Josh Christiansen, owner of Slops, has been a member of the Chamber for about three years. He’s appreciative that Kelley reached out to him to host the first Biz After 5 event.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Christiansen said about the return of the event. “Especially for the community and small businesses that are a part of the Chamber.”

Biz After 5 is a way to attract new people to a business as well. It’s also a fun way to create partnerships and talk about new ideas within the community.

The event is for members of the Chamber, and each month a different business will host the event. The event will be at Billion Auto in February.

Kelley said she is close to confirming locations for the whole year, with Zirkelbach Home Appliance and Rockin’ Rhoni’s to host come spring.

Typically, there will be door prizes and free food with drink specials. A major drawing will be held at the end of the year, with the major prize being $1,000 in River City Gold. Bring business cards to enter in the yearly drawing.

As a recent addition to the Chamber of Commerce, Kelley hopes to be a connection for people in the community.

“Every business here has something to offer,” she said. “There might be a business that needs help with something. I hope to bridge that gap and connect them with someone in the community that can help them.”

Chamber President Maureen Miller earlier this year told the Herald that she hopes to boost engagement. Kelley said she will work hard to fulfill that goal.

“I think it’s really important that they know I am not going anywhere,” Kelley, a Clinton native, said about the community. “I want nothing more than to have a community that our children go away to college and come back to this community to seek employment.”

She looks to member engagement to aid in keeping younger generations in Clinton.

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