NRP committee planning for a great year ahead

There are lots of ways to get value from chamber membership.

NRP committee planning for a great year ahead

There are lots of ways to get value from chamber membership. At the top of the list, especially for small business owners or employees, is to get involved on a committee.

We have often been asked the question: What is an NRP? An NRP is a Northshore Rising Professional. Officially, the group’s mission is to “bring young professionals together to engage with one another and the business, political and community leadership in an effort to improve our community through projects designed to support commerce and a high quality of life for our citizens and to provide a voice for young professionals in the community.”

Established in 2009, our NRP committee’s objective was to engage young professionals in the 25 to 40-year-old age group when a time that the demographic had been deserting our metropolitan area and state in alarming numbers for more than a decade. Getting this age group invested in our community is one of the keys of keeping them here. Our young professionals are an essential ingredient in maintaining the vitality of our community.

The NRP’s leadership, this year led by Trip Keller of Resource Bank, will be looking to enhance their presence, not only within the Chamber but also in the community. The committee will hold a focus group of current and former NRP leaders to discuss how they can move forward and better serve the young professionals in our area. Possible projects to be discussed will be a rebranding campaign, as well as a potential mentorship program and community outreach opportunities.

As part of their networking and professional development objective, the committee will host its third annual Leadership Summit, Thursday, January 21, at the Fleur de Lis Event Center in Mandeville. Leadership Summit is a half-day workshop designed to motivate and empower young professionals, focusing on what it takes to succeed in business. Speakers will present information on entrepreneurship, economic development, business principles and ideas to encourage the pursuit of excellence and growth in business as well as in the community.

Featured speakers will include Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, founding partners of Painting with a Twist, named Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 franchise in the “Paint and Sip” category for three years in row; Kevin Wilkins, founder of Trepwise, an impact consulting firm whose mission is to use entrepreneurial approaches to grow for-profit and non-profit organizations; and Pauline and Stephen Patterson, founders of Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, one of the top ten Irish pubs outside Ireland.

The program will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude with a 12:00 pm lunch. Tickets for the event are $50 per person for Chamber members and $65 for non-members and can be purchased online at or by calling 985-892-3216.

If you are a young professional wanting to get more involved, or are a business owner with young professionals with leadership potential, we encourage you to check out the NRPs. More information can be found at

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