STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
KINGSLAND — The best part of the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Breakfast Club meetings isn’t that they start at 8 a.m. and include the most important meal of the day.
Rather, it’s the opportunity to meet other business owners and managers who help ensure the town’s economy is healthy, according to Lisa Bargsley, a chamber member who organizes the event.
“Everybody has an opportunity to introduce herself or himself and tell us the nature of their business,” she said. “This might be the hook for them to open conversations.”
“Doors” open for the next meeting at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Kingsland Community Park, 710 Williams St. The meeting, which includes breakfast tacos and coffee, is at a new location each month.
There is a short mingling period then each attendee has a couple of minutes to introduce themselves, their business, and the services they offer. Many times, people will find each other when the meeting ends to exchange business cards and other contact information.
Business owners and managers who sponsor the event are given more time to talk about their services. Some sponsors have opted out of talking to the group and given that time to an invited non-chamber member in an effort to help that person’s business grow, Bargsley said.
She noted that the meetings have drawn 25-40 people.
“It’s really gaining traction,” Bargsley said. “For the people who are showing up, it increases the networking. You don’t have to be a chamber member to come. Come to promote your business.”