Chamber joins forces with MYPN to attract, retain young talent

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    Mike Skelton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, talks about the merger during a joint announcement with the Manchester Young Professionals Network, at Pillpack. Photo/Bill Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NH –  Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Manchester Young Professionals Network announced the details Tuesday of a recently completed merger between the two organizations. The announcement was made at PillPack, a fast-growth company located in Manchester’s Millyard.

“The GMCC and MYPN have a common purpose in ensuring that Manchester is a welcoming home for young professionals, whether they are looking for a job, a place to raise their family, or for a night out,” said Mike Skelton, GMCC President and CEO. “This new partnership will allow the GMCC and MYPN to combine resources and take our workforce development efforts to new heights at a time when nearly every company is concerned with attracting and retaining young talent.”

As the state’s first and largest professional network, MYPN will be able to extend its reach, beyond its current volunteer status.

“This merger with the Chamber will allow for MYPN to access new resources to improve and expand our programming and benefits for our young professional members. Given the business growth we are seeing in Manchester, it is more important than ever that our community has a thriving young professional network and this partnership will help ensure that is the case,” said Laura Gamache, Chair of the MYPN Board of Directors.

As part of this new partnership, MYPN will merge into the GMCC and become a formal, permanent program of the Chamber. The MYPN Board of Directors will reconstitute itself as the MYPN Advisory Council and manage and oversee the MYPN program with the GMCC. The MYPN Advisory Council will work closely with the GMCC Board of Directors to develop strategic initiatives that advance the mission of MYPN to attract, retain, and support young professionals to the community. The GMCC will provide MYPN with staff support, access to new potential corporate sponsors, and a pipeline to Chamber member companies who have young professional employees who are not currently engaged with MYPN.

As part of the GMCC, MYPN will continue to offer unique programming for young professionals, including social events, professional development and educational opportunities, and mentorship programs.


About the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Incorporated in 1911, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is the largest business organization in the greater Manchester area with close to 1,000 members. The GMCC focuses its efforts primarily on Manchester and the surrounding communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, and Merrimack. It is the Chamber’s mission to be the leading force in the improvement of the business environment, the economic health and the general vitality of the region. The GMCC provides members with marketing and networking opportunities, economic indicators, legislative bulletins, and representation in both local and state government. For more information visit www.manchester-chamber.org.


About the Manchester Young Professionals Network

MYPN engages with nearly 4,000 young professionals who live and/or work in the Manchester area. MYPN provides networking, social and professional development opportunities for young professionals to meet like-minded individuals and gain access to resources and leaders within the community. MYPN works to ensure that Manchester is a welcoming and attractive home for young