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Hamilton Media Guild
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The Art Gallery of Hamilton was bursting with the energy of young professionals who gathered to eat, drink and network.
The annual beach barbeque hosted by CLiC connected young professional groups around the city and gave them a chance to relax, enjoy and feed off each other’s creativity and fresh perspectives.
“It’s grown exceptionally,” said Andreana Hudson, the chair of Hamilton HIVE. “Our main goal is to attract and retain young leaders.”
Hudson said HIVE works as an umbrella to oversee all young professional groups that are popping up around the city.
“I think when a city is kind of an underdog city, or it’s moved along to the stage where it’s on the rise, I think its residents, its community, really starts to band together to help bring it into what its inevitable future will be,” said Hudson.
Mark Stewart, director of Commercial Activities at the AGH said these types of events are all about cross-pollinating.
“The reality of Hamilton is that a lot of young professionals run their own businesses and it’s a very supportive community,” said Stewart.
Each professional group had their own table set up at the BBQ and was ready to mingle and share ideas on how to better Hamilton.
“The timing is key, because it’s a rapidly developing time for Hamilton, so people are coming in and they are not looking to take somebody else’s established business or position. They are literally all starting up their own new industries, or niches, or new ideas, so it’s a very fertile time,” Stewart said.
The Hamilton Media Guild was one of the many organizations that attended the event in hopes of gaining more recognition around the community.
Margaret Lintott, the community manager for HMG said her group was created as a networking group for young journalists and media professionals.
“We recognized that there was a void, or a need, for a role in this industry to get together and talk about trends in the media, as well as come up with innovative ways to sustain them.”
Lintott said Hamilton is in a renaissance and people are very entrepreneurial and on an emerging path.
Kevin Huynh, the Vice Chair of YEP Hamilton, an organization whose goal is to help local businesses grow and prosper, said he loves these events, meeting new people and collaborating on ideas.
“I think Hamilton’s time is now and I think with all these businesses coming together and collaborating, it’s just fun, it’s energetic and it’s going to take Hamilton to the next level.”
The common theme was strengthening and bettering Hamilton.
“So when you’ve got a vested interest in the betterment of your city because you plan on staying here, working here, raising a family here, buying a house here, that really starts to spur creative energy and a real genuine interest in being part of that growth and that change and being part of the upswing,” said Hudson.
Joe Accardi, Co-founder of Platform 302, a company designed for young entrepreneurs seeking a workspace, said these events are what Hamilton is all about.
“Hamilton is right here. If you have an idea, there is a belief that you can do it, and that makes all the difference.”
Andrea Fernandes is an aspiring journalist with a passion for writing and performance. Her need to tell stories has led her through an academic career specializing in Theatre, English Literature and Broadcast Journalism. She is constantly searching for a new story, adventure, or way to keep her mind in overdrive. Sitting still was never in the cards for her. Andrea has spent time at CTV National News, Canada AM, and Fashion T.V. Her ultimate goal is to be as feisty of a reporter as Lois Lane.