An investment fund for south shore businesses. A dodge ball tournament.
Those were two of the topics pitched and bandied about at a recent gathering at the Hub South Shore. It was the second meeting of a fledging — and as yet unnamed — group of south shore dwellers looking to connect, network, and find partners for new projects.
The first meeting was held in Bridgewater on a stormy night in November, and drew about 25 people. Over drinks at the River Pub, each person introduced him/herself and explained why they decided to show up. Some were new to the area and looking to connect, others were long-time south shore residents simply looking to find like-minded partners for new projects. Others were just happy to have a beer and chat on a rainy night. No formal decisions were made. But it was agreed that the group should meet again.
I organized the second meeting at the Hub South Shore, where I’m a full-time member, because it’s an obvious place for sharing ideas and launching new projects. Instead of a group discussion, I thought it would be helpful to break into small groups, so specific topics and ideas could emerge. The process of actually breaking into groups and brainstorming ideas was led by Tim Merry, a Hub co-founder.
A half dozen ideas were thrown out. Some were similar and merged together. In the end four groups emerged. It was simply a matter of jumping into the one you found most appealing.
The group discussing a possible fund for south shore business investment didn’t arrive at any concrete decisions, but the session definitely revealed the need for further discussion. There was one definitive decision, however: the need for a dodgeball tournament (details to come!).
The plan is to hold these meetings regularly, at different venues on the south shore. It’s important to stress the gatherings are open to everyone. If you’re looking to connect or if you have project to pitch, come out! It’s an easy way to network, meet new people, explore different topics, pitch new organizations and projects, or simply hang out and have a beer or coffee with other south shore dwellers.
The next meeting will be held Wednesday Feb. 26 at the Boscowen Inn in Lunenburg, from 7-9 p.m.
Don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you’d like more info. firstname.lastname@example.org