Pensacola Network Celebrates 2nd Anniversary in the Historical Belmont-DeVilliers Business District
This Friday, July 24th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm the Pensacola Network will roll out the red carpet for the community to celebrate their two year anniversary at DeVilliers Square in Historic Belmont DeVilliers Business District. The celebration will also mark two-thousand community connections of linking people to business prospects, community resources and employment opportunities through its monthly Fourth Friday networking. The event is free and open to the public with registration at www.pensacolanetwork.events.
From the “New Millennials” to the “Baby Boomers” Pensacola Network attendees are an eclectic, business oriented, relationship building, and community-minded networking crowd. The busy activity of the first floor area of the DeVilliers Square building can be seen from the street creating a magnet of interest to get involved in the mix. The meet and greet atmosphere is only slowed down by the hosting couple of Lloyd and Robin Reshard when they take center stage under the three floor atrium to award door prizes and present their guest for the evening.
Lloyd Reshard says the Pensacola Network was built on the power of connections, and the multiplying effects of strong relationships, especially in the African American community. “We knew going into a monthly network idea that the success depended on the average person using their extraordinary connections and telling others about it,” said Reshard, an electrical engineer and entrepreneur. Two years later, the idea and the connections are still going strong. Every month he sees 75 to 100 people formulating ideas about the economic and community development needs and actions that make the area stronger. “Our idea is to provide a consistent opportunity for those ideas to flow, to connect people who want to see positive change, and to strengthen those relationships,” Reshard said.
One of those people who have seen the results of those connections is Josie Baptiste. As the owner of JBIT MedPro, a new medical device company, Baptiste is amazed by the connections she has made at the network. In the beginning, she admits her shyness was not helping her company grow. “The more you know about the other people, the better,” she said. “You cannot share what you don’t know. The impact is huge and the people that I’ve met are taking our company in the right direction.”
The Pensacola Voice is included in the list of founding sponsors which also include: WRNE 980, Magic 106.1, Channel 3, Pensacola News Journal, City of Pensacola, Escambia County, Gulf Power, Pensacola State College, UWF, Pensacola Chamber, Studer Community Development, ProCard, and AIM Escambia.
Reshard said when people consistently talk with each other, ideas are exchanged and people are energized and reenergized. “Especially when those ideas are different from their own,” Reshard said. “Success does not depend on people having the same idea,” he added. “It does depend on people and ideas.” And after two years and two thousand people, the people and the ideas are stronger than ever.
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