The Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network hosted an “Explore Your City” event in downtown Statesboro on Thursday, May 5, in connection with Cinco de Mayo.

Nearly forty guests braved the season’s first 90-degree day to enjoy tacos, drinks, music, and networking. The event was sponsored by CORE Credit Union.

Credit: Grice Connect

Thursday’s YPN social was the group’s second event designed to bring together new talent from Statesboro’s workforce. According to Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Director Landon Haralson, the events aren’t about attracting new members but helping young professionals “establish roots in their city.” While the events are free to attend and open to the public, Haralson says attendees will get a preview of some of the many benefits to Chamber membership.

“Next year, we hope to convert the Young Professionals Network into a mentorship program,” said Jennifer Davis, Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “It will consist of seasoned executives mentoring recent college graduates to retain the talent that’s been here for the past four years.”

Grice Connect’s own Kelsie Posey and “old professional” DeWayne Grice (who also serves on the Advisory Board of CORE Credit Union), along with this reporter, attended the event. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know other community leaders and learning about their initiatives to keep Statesboro on the trajectory of sustainable economic growth and social expansion.

Some “older professionals” L-R: Grice Connect’s DeWayne Grice, City Councilwoman Shari Barr, Dr. Dominique Halaby, Chamber CEO Jennifer Davis and Chamber Member Relations Director Landon Haralson
Back row L-R: CBAER A.D. Ben McKay and City Councilman Phil Boyum
Credit: Grice Connect

About the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1921, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 500 businesses committed to strengthening businesses and the economic environment for those who work, live, and do business in Bulloch County. The Chamber supports its members through networking, advocacy, professional development, and community engagement. For more information or to become a member, visit

Bobby NeSmith

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