The Queens Chamber of Commerce, who sponsors QYP, hosted the event on Tuesday, October 23, at Austin Ale House in Kew Gardens. helped to bring the new organization to the neighborhood. QYP is the brainchild of Ian Magerkurth and Eric Abrams.
With the event, the organization entered the Queens business community. Over 70 people from all over Queens reflecting different business and backgrounds mingled and networked.
Magerkurth said it was great to get the ball rolling. In the future, he said QYP will host more formal events geared toward discussing specific issues affecting the community of young professionals in Queens.
“As the organization grows, we hope to discuss some issues that affect the young professional business community and really help members market themselves,” Magerkuth said.
Magerkurth said that members of QYP will drive the focus of the monthly meetings, not just those who run the organization.
The only requirement for joining the new organization is that you live or work in Queens. On November 2, the group will be launching a website to keep members apprised of events, help them network and have others sign up to become members.
With social networking websites and other technological tools, Magerkuth fears that young business people today will not have the experience of actually gaining a contact.
He said that it’s very important to “shake the hand” of the person you are developing a business relationship with.
“Networking isn’t what it used to be,” he said. “A personal relationships is a little nicer than Facebook.”