New networking group started for young professionals

| May 23, 2019

NextGen Coshocton held a takeover on May 22 at Hannah Marie’s. Adults enjoyed coffee and conversation while children could make a craft with folks from Clary Gardens. Josie Sellers | Beacon

Connor Shrimplin was excited to show off the dragon fly he made while attending the NextGen Coshocton event at Hannah Marie’s with his mom and brother. Josie Sellers | Beaon

COSHOCTON – A new networking group for young professionals is taking over area businesses and giving back to the community.

NextGen Coshocton is open to anyone in the community 21 to 40 years old. Members meet once a month to take over an area business for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Attendees are encouraged to help the business by making purchases and donate to a designated cause. May’s meeting of the group, which was its second, was a breakfast gathering at Hannah Marie’s. The event included crafts for the kids courtesy of Clary Gardens, who received funds raised from the group.

“I think NextGen is a good opportunity for us to get involved in the community and show people that Coshocton is a great place to live and raise kids,” said Hannah Miranda from Hannah Marie’s.

Jandi Adams from Clary Gardens was excited to be at the event. She and Jodi Shrimplin were helping children make dragonflies out of clothespins and pipe cleaners.

“We are really excited that Pete and Hannah (from Hannah Marie’s) wanted to do this,” said Adams, who also is part of the NextGen Coshocton group. “They are part of our core (NextGen Coshocton) committee and we wanted to try something different this month that was family oriented.”

Next month’s take over was organized by Kyle Libby from Kyle Libby State Farm. It is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Creno’s in the Downtowner Plaza. Any donations made on this day will go to Our Town Coshocton.

“Not being from here, I didn’t know anyone,” Libby said. “Fortunately because of the type of business I have and the people I employ, I’ve met a lot of good people. This group can help people who may not have those opportunities.”

Hannah agreed with Libby that the group is a good way to meet new people.

“Pete and I don’t get out much because we are always working,” she said. “This is a nice way to meet people and find out what they like to do and enjoy doing with their kids.”

NextGen Coshocton events are posted on Facebook. The group is very informal and has no attendance requirements.

“When we first started talking about this I didn’t think about being so informal, but it just makes sense for us,” Adams said. “We can make a lot of impact just by going around and gathering at different local businesses.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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