The Wartburg College Student Center had a buzz of voices chatting late Tuesday afternoon. It was not only the Mensa getting ready for the crowd of students lining up for supper but over 40 Waverly area businesses.
The Waverly Chamber of Commerce hosted the event Chamber After Hours in the Heritage Ballrooms in the Saemann Student Center at Wartburg College. The Chamber After Hours event was to celebrate the 40 new members that have just recently joined the Waverly Chamber of Commerce.
Wartburg College was the host and sponsor, but the event was for Waverly community members. Waverly Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Emily Neuendorf said the Chamber After Hours event is more than just making good business in the town.
“The chamber helps to provide for a healthy business community which is helpful for the Waverly area and Waverly’s quality of life which directly benefits Wartburg students,” Neuendorf said.
With its 40 new members, the Waverly Chamber of Commerce now has over 250 local businesses involved in the chamber.
Being involved with the chamber is good for the economy of Waverly.
“There are lots of benefits that the chamber has for members, but it is the networking events like this one that really helps. Tonight they are connecting with peers not only in their industry but in other industries as well. It is really an excellent way to increase business,” Neuendorf said.
The businesses at the event frequently receive business from the Wartburg community. Rack ‘Em Up Promotions designs T-shirts for several campus organizations.
The Waverly Chamber of Commerce welcomed Jordan Sunderman from her business, The Beauty Bar, as one of the 40 new chamber members.
“We are getting to know the new businesses and new people here. Not many people have heard of us yet, so it is really nice to be able to show off all of our new and different products and services that we offer at our business to people in the Waverly and Wartburg community,” Sunderman said.
The Beauty Bar is on Bremer Avenue, across from the movie theater.
“We have not only had students come in and get their hair done, but sometimes Wartburg students stop by when they are doing different things for fundraising for their organizations. We support what they are doing.”