From the Chamber: Young Professionals Network welcomes all |

From the Chamber: Young Professionals Network welcomes all

Young Professionals Network board
For Steamboat Pilot & Today

Take a moment to reflect on your first years in Steamboat Springs. If you were raised here, recall the first few weeks at your current job or the steps taken to open your own business. It may have been decades ago or you may currently be navigating this stage of life.

Remember the side jobs you worked to make ends meet, the people you met while networking to add to your client base, the educational seminars you attended either here in the Yampa Valley or in a city far away. The building blocks that you carefully assembled to get to where you are now may be a memory of the past, but they are important pieces in your puzzle.

First off, congratulations for gracefully juggling the work/life balance in this incredible place we are all fortunate enough to call home. Second, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the community that embraced and supported you to get you to this point.

Given the challenges that come with living in a rural, mountain community such as affordable child care and housing, to broadband connectivity and limited access to continued education offered in larger cities, the Young Professionals Network board recognizes the need to advocate on behalf of local young people.

With these challenges in mind, our mission is to build a better community by empowering the next generation of leaders through philanthropy, professional development and networking. 

Young Professionals Network is a community development program of the Steamboat Springs Chamber providing an outlet for young people to build partnerships through professional development, philanthropic involvement and cultural, recreational and social opportunities.

Looking back on 2019, the Young Professionals Network Board takes pride in opening our arms to new Routt County residents at our various networking events and happy hours; the enrichment provided to our membership and individuals in the community at our annual Hype event featuring world-class speakers from in and around the Yampa Valley; the five Routt County high school seniors who received college scholarships through the Youth Education Scholarship Golf Tournament; the local nonprofits that connected with interested board members at the annual OnBoarding event; and the continuing education events and financial support provided to our members for professional development opportunities. 

Our organization is made up of a diverse network of individuals from many backgrounds, professions and age brackets. Young Professionals Network is committed to fostering an environment where young professionals and their families can prosper, contribute to and participate in the local economy.

This coming year, the board looks forward to surveying our members to see how we can better serve them, continuing to offer development opportunities including head shots, resume reviews and professional clothing swaps and sharing success stories within the Young Professionals Network to help others succeed.

We look forward to welcoming the next new employee that joins your staff and offering resources for those looking to get more involved in our community or taking the next step in their career. You can find out more at

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