From 1 July 2013 the Northern Young Professional Network in now an independent organisation that has become an important forum for young career-minded individuals looking to build their networks and business contacts in a world based on ‘who you know’ as well as ‘what you know’. Northern Young Professionals launched in December 2009 as an initiative of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce to encourage more young people to get involved in issues that affect commerce, provide younger talent for succession to the Board of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and to business operations in Launceston and Northern Tasmania more broadly.

NYPN is open to any person under the age of 40 who takes a professional approach to their career or business. The President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Janine Healey said “the Chamber Board is delighted that NYPN have matured to the point that they are now a stand-alone organisation. It has been very satisfying to see this group of younger motivated professionals shift from a fledgling operation to one that boasts more than 145 members and growing fast”. The Chair of the Northern Young Professional Network, Rick Marton replied “we’ve really appreciated the support that we’ve received through the Chamber.

NYPN is here because the Launceston Chamber of Commerce recognised the importance of the younger generation having opportunities to build professional networks, obtain relevant professional development, and most importantly have a voice that contributes to issues of importance to the business community.” Rick Marton is also a Board Member of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, so he strongly supports the strategic connection between the two organisations continuing. To support this link the NYPN offers its members discounted membership of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, and at least once per year the Chamber and NYPN hold a joint networking function.

One of the most recent initiatives for NYPN was the launch of Vision 2020 in May 2013. The initiative revolves around a series of events each year that bring todays leaders of any age together with tomorrows visionaries so that we can paint a clear picture of what success in our region would look like, then work in collaboration to achieve great things. The ultimate goal is to ensure Northern Tasmania is a place where young people choose to invest their lives. Janine Healey, President of the Chamber concluded with” NYPN are the future of business in Northern Tasmania, and we are very proud of the contribution they have made already with initiatives like Vision 2020.

We will continue our close working relationship, and look forward to seeing the organisation continue to grow and flourish.”