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Turlock Young Professionals bridge the gap in local business community
The Turlock Young Professionals meets once a month with the aim of building the Turlock community through leadership mentoring, networking, and discussing educational content. - photo by Photo Contributed


The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce. 

According to Turlock Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Sharon Silva, Turlock has now joined the ranks of chambers across the country that are invigorating their local community by creating an organization to support younger generations of leaders.  With the intention of not only supporting up and coming professionals, but fostering mentorships with existing leaders and presenting networking opportunities, the Turlock Young Professionals  has created a platform for growth in the community that is beneficial for new and existing professionals.

“We want to see the next generations -— and that is plural, not just the next generation — come on board to not only participate, but get to know each other on a different level,” said Silva.

With its inaugural meeting in July the Turlock Young Professionals is in the genesis of its existence, but according to President Paul Porter this is just the first step towards “bridging the gap” between existing and up and coming professionals.

“Some young professionals may need advice or mentorships and existing leaders may want advice on building their social media presence for example. Whatever the need this is a great way for to build a tighter knit business community that is mutually beneficial for everyone,” said Porter.

By meeting at local chamber member locations around Turlock, once a month members of the Turlock Young Professionals listen to seminars and congregate to converse about educational topics largely determined by the interests of the members. Dues are $150 a year for members, but the organization has also opened its doors to junior and senior college students at the reduced price of $50 to ensure that all of those looking to gain exposure to job opportunities and business development are included.

“It really is a win-win,” said Porter.