WILLIAMSBURG — The Fall 2022 edition of Strictly Business, the free networking event hosted by WYDaily, Tide Radio, and 30 Off Local In partnership with Culture Fix, was held on Oct. 26 at the newly-renovated Alumni House on the Campus of William & Mary.
The gathering saw nearly 600 local newsmakers, leaders, business owners and consumers turn out.
“We had really good attendance. We had such a wide variety of people with people from all over the region,” said organizer Elisa Campana, Marketing and Events Director for Local Daily Media, the parent company of WYDaily, Tide Radio, and 30 Off Local. “It was probably one of the first totally public events at the Alumni House since they renovated, so everyone was blown away by how beautiful the space was and how well they did on renovations.”
Attendees had the opportunity to sample food and beverages from area businesses — including the specially-brewed Strictly Business Amber Ale from the Virginia Beer Company — win prizes, grab swag, pop into a photo booth, check out a display of vehicles from CMA’s Williamsburg Ford and play cornhole. Music was hosted by Tide Radio’s Andy Harris, and guests also had the chance to meet with the editorial staff of WYDaily.
New for this event was speed networking, presented by C&F Bank, which proved highly popular with participants.
“C&F bank was really excited about it, and they grabbed the bull by the horns on this one and just went with it and I am so impressed,” said Campana. “I told them that they set the bar really high. And I got a lot of positive feedback that people really enjoy having that speed networking environment where it’s more intimate networking, opposed to the more casual feel of the event.”
It was also announced the Spring 2023 edition of Strictly Business will be held on April 19 at Williamsburg – Jamestown Airport.
“We are so excited. I think it’s a gem of this town, but there’s still so many people that haven’t been,” said Campana. “There’s so much that location has to offer to the community, so I’m really excited to open the doors and show everyone what they have going on there.”
The organizers say the goal of Strictly Business is part of their commitment to bring people together, making their virtual online and on-air community a literal one.
“I think the point of coming to Strictly Business — it’s a networking opportunity. You can connect with people, from those looking for jobs to CEOs of companies, in a very low-key and fun environment,” Campana explained. “I think people really enjoy coming Strictly Business because it gives them the opportunity to unbutton their top button and just enjoy talking to people, and if business comes out of it naturally, then awesome.”