What do you mean by professional?
Think of professional in the broad sense. GBYP welcomes everyone regardless of occupation. We are an inclusive group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and lifestyles.
Do I have to live in Burlington to join?
No, we welcome individuals from all over. We are the Greater Burlington Young Professionals. We have members from the surrounding communities and even those that have business in our community from time-to-time.
Can Young Professionals help me get a job?
Not directly, but if you regularly attend events you will have the opportunities to expand your network and hear about possible career prospects.
Does my company need to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce for me to join Young Professionals?
No. While Young Professionals is a committee of the Burlington/West Burlington Chamber of Commerce, your employer does not need to be a member.
Why is there a membership fee?
The $65 membership fee is to cover the costs of lunches and food at 5:05 Socials. If you attend only a few events throughout the course of the year it more than pays for itself. It really is the most cost effective professional development you can imagine.
Do I have to be a member of Greater Burlington Young Professionals to attend events?
All events are free for Young Professionals. Events cost $15 for non-members. The first event is complementary for prospective members.
Is Greater Burlington Young Professionals a money making service for the Burlington/West Burlington Chamber of Commerce?
No, Young Professionals works to break-even over the course of the year utilizing membership dues, event fees and sponsorship dues.
Is my involvement in Greater Burlington Young Professionals considered a business expense?
In a lot of cases, yes. But check with your employer to verify. Nearly 2 out of 3 employers will cover the costs.
Is Greater Burlington Young Professionals specifically a social, dating group?
No, GBYP does not exist for the purpose of finding a significant other. While some members may meet through our interactions, none of our events are directed towards this cause. However, many young couples will use our events as an opportunity for a night out.
How do I find out about upcoming events?
We want to see as many members come to events as possible. That’s why we make it easy for you to know about upcoming events. We send out a monthly email blast called “The Voice.” Additionally, you can friend us on Facebook at Greater Burlington YP and follow us on Twitter @Burlington YP.
Can I buy a mailing list of your members?
Yes, a mailing list of our members is available. Contact email@example.com to learn about acquiring the list and other sponsorship opportunities offered throughout the year.
How do I become a member of Greater Burlington Young Professionals?
It’s easy. You can follow the links on this website or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the application. Once your application and dues are received, we will get you on the email list so you can become active right away!
What are the benefits of being a member?
This could turn into a lengthy answer, but we’ll keep it short and sweet. Whether you just moved to Greater Burlington or have lived here for a number of years, you can get so much out of YP! We like to think of ourselves as a good mix between professional development and fun. You will have numerous opportunities to grow bother personally and professionally. The opportunities to make new friends are abundant. Altogether, you get out of YP what you put into it.
What if I have an issue with getting out of work early or for a long lunch?
GBYP has a very strong relationship with many of our employers. Most are willing to let their employees have a few extra minutes at lunch or leave a little early because they understand the importance and quality of our organization. Even if you cannot be at a Lunch from 12-1 or be at a social right at 5:05 you are welcome to come when you can and leave when you need to.
Do I have to attend a certain amount of events to maintain my membership?
No, there is no requirement to remain a member. But we strongly encourage members to attend when they are available. As we said, what you get out of YP is what you put into it. We offer the opportunities, and it lies with you to take advantage of what is given.
What should I wear?
We have no dress-code. Lunch & Learns typically are more formal and 5:05 Socials are more relaxed. Nevertheless, what you wear to work is usually easiest.
Where do you host events?
Because GBYP is a committee of the Chamber of Commerce, we only patronize those that are members.
Who decides what events you host?
Every autumn, the events committee meets to discuss what events they would like to host for the entire upcoming year. Locations vary throughout the year and we try our best not to duplicate. Our options can be limited to venues that are able to accommodate the large size of our organization. If you are interested in joining the events committee, contact email@example.com.