Staying connected with career-based and social groups can be hard to do when working from home.

In an effort to keep strong community connections despite the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Mike Parson, the Chillicothe Area Chamber lead by Executive Director Crystal Narr, the chamber has been hosting weekly Virtual Happy Hours, every Thursday.

“We have held them (Virtual Happy Hours) for two weeks and plan to continue them while the majority of people are working from home,” Narr said. “I developed the idea from speaking with other chambers who were looking for ways to aid their members in still being able to engage in friendly conversation amid COVID-19.”

The Happy Hour is open to any current chamber remember. Narr said electronic emails are sent out reminding members and include the link and other information to allow access to the event. Any current chamber member who is not receiving the emails should contact Narr via email.

So far, about 12-15 people have joined the weekly event to enjoy time for networking and continued support and connections through civic involvement.

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