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Centennial Bank partnering with Beacon to host ‘Network at Night’ chamber event June 16

By PAULETTE LeBLANC - | Jun 9, 2021


Gone are the days of the Chamber of Commerce monthly business card exchanges. The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Com-merce is kicking off “Network at Night” on Wed-nesday, June 16, to encourage business people to connect with one another, complete with appetizers, drinks and snacks, hosted at Centennial Bank, partnered with the Beacon of Hope.

“I think the chamber has made some really great and significant changes,” said Centennial Bank manager and Beacon of Hope board member Elsie Stearns. “So many people are moving to the island and so many businesses are opening up, so the timing is perfect for the chamber to revamp and do things differently in a positive way. I’m really honored and excited that they picked Centennial for the location. We have a beautiful building to partner and co-host with the Beacon of Hope to have this event.”

In addition to chamber members, Stearns says members of the Beacon board will also be in attendance ready to talk about current activities at the Beacon.

“The newest chamber member will be announced that night,” Stearns said. “The Mango Mania Queen will be there. It’s a really great way to kick off the new Network at Night.”

According to Stearns, some of the bank staff, who help to make Centennial the success that it is, will also attend the event, including financial advisor Chris Andrews, commercial lender Jodi Mikan and market president, Pablo Veintimilla.

“There are a lot of new businesses and new people,” said Stearns. “I’m very excited to welcome everyone and let the chamber talk about what they’re doing. It will be a great opportunity for some of the old and new islanders and business owners to meet each other.”