Chuck Wolfe wore two figurative hats last week. As executive director of the Cat Welfare Association, he welcomed members of the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce to an event that he had helped put on as vice president of the Northland Area Business Association.
Chuck Wolfe wore two figurative hats last week.
As executive director of the Cat Welfare Association, he welcomed members of the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce to an event that he had helped put on as vice president of the Northland Area Business Association.
NABA "Business After Hours" events are normally held at the establishments of members. They're intended to give attendees a greater understanding of the business where the gathering is held and to provide networking opportunities.
With Wolfe having a foot both in Northland, where he lives, and Clintonville, where he works, it was inevitable that the two different business communities would eventually meet.
The North YMCA was also a co-sponsor of the second Business After Hours of the year.
About 30 people, pretty much equally divided between Northland and Clintonville business owners and managers, attended the event at Cat Welfare Association on Wetmore Road.
Among those on hand, but not going into the shelter part of the operation due to being allergic to cats, was Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce president Jenny Smith.
"I think it's always good to have combined chamber events," Smith said. "It makes your contacts a little fresh, gives our businesses opportunities to develop new business relationships with, in this case, our neighbors.
"They all share common threads," she added.
"A lot of networking went on between the people from Northland and Clintonville and also between people who had never been to Cat Welfare before," Wolfe said.
Along with tours of the shelter facility, Wolfe said attendees were able to shop in the Catique thrift shop that helps fund the operation. This was part of the operation Smith was able to visit.
"She didn't even know it existed," Wolfe said.
"It's a very nice little shop they have there," Smith said.
The 30 or so people at the Business After Hours spent around $100 on items at the thrift store, Wolfe said.
"We had a couple of people who offered to volunteer," he said. "We had some who had volunteered in the past and some new people who are wanting to volunteer, as well."
He said he was pleased to see business people from different parts of Columbus find some common ground.
"It really gave our members a chance to get to know some of their neighbors they might not have known before," Smith said. "It was good. It worked out well."
"It was, overall, a good event," Wolfe said. "It was intended to link NABA and Clintonville and the Y together, expose people to Cat Welfare and create a community relationship for better cooperation."