From left to right, J.P. Stone Community Bank employees Debbie Richardson, Melissa Regalado and Lindsey Dubiel enjoy the revelry of Business After Hours, Tuesday. (Courtesy Photo)
J.P. Stone Community Bank, 1901 N. Main St., hosted the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Tuesday evening. The theme was Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, Roswell style. Guests were given the typical brightly colored beads, masks and funny hats.
More than 100 people attended. Bank President Kenneth Berry told the audience that they don’t normally give masks to those who enter the bank. The Sunshine Jazz Band provided the entertainment, playing Dixieland for appreciative guests. Peppers provided the catering.
Business After Hours is a regular event where members of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce can market their businesses. It presents an opportunity to network with other business owners and professionals throughout the community. Usually, Business After Hours is held the third Thursday of the month. Occasionally, the Chamber will have two events per month.
Chamber Executive Director Dorrie Faubus-McCarty gave a preview of coming attractions.
Upcoming events include: a second Business After Hours at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center on Aug. 29 and the Chamber’s annual Tailgate Party on Oct. 17, which is held in the Chamber parking lot at 131 W. Second St. Already in the planning stages, members of the Chamber will barbecue food and give people in the community a chance to meet other enterprising businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Chamber of Commerce has its fingers in many pies. The organization was founded in 1918 to help businesses in Roswell. It offers seminars on everything from crime prevention for retailers and hotels to a popular series that teaches retail businesses how to deal with the new health care insurance laws. Coming Sept. 26 is a marketing seminar with two sessions, one starting at 7:20 a.m., for early risers, and the other at 2:30 p.m.