The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 19, 2013

Young professionals to meet at new winery

Star Beacon

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP —  From restaurateurs to wine makers to business owners to business administrators, Ashtabula County is full of young professionals, Andrea Bushweiler said.

Bushweiler is the founder of the Young Professionals of Ashtabula County, a social networking group to help young professionals grow in their industries and help the community grow as well.

The group, which offers free membership, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at M Cellars on South River Road to tour and discuss the county’s newest winery, owned and operated by 30-somethings Matt and Tara Meineke.

“This year we are focusing on young entrepreneurs,” Bushweiler said. “We are going to their businesses and listening to their business plans and having them show off their passion for their businesses.”

YPAC, which boasts about 30 members, meets the third Thursday of each month.

Bushweiler said some people don’t see the benefit of networking.

“People don’t see the value in networking, but we feel that networking is huge, especially for people in our generation. It’s those connections that can focus and form your opportunities,” she said.

Bushweiler said she hopes more young professionals join YPAC to help make an impact on the community.

“I think we can influence the way things are done in this area by steering leadership to benefit new businesses and build opportunities and support for young entrepreneurs, but we need more members to make a difference,” she said.

The meeting Thursday will include appetizers and a cash bar. Cost is $10 per person at the door. For more information or to reserve seating, visit Young Professionals of Ashtabula County on Facebook, email or call 415-3547.