The Southold Town Economic Development Committee is launching a new peer-to-peer small business-building program titled ‘Southold EDC BizChats.’ 

This free series is designed to bring the business community together by offering mentoring, inspiration and networking in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

The first of four monthly sessions will take place Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will continue the second Tuesday of each month through January, 2020. 

All sessions will be hosted at The Lin Beach House at 455 Route 25 in Greenport.

Each session will focus on a different business sector: Service/Retail, Food/Beverage/Agriculture, Construction/RealEstate/Service and Hospitality/Tourism.

The Southold EDC BizChats series are designed to bring a few successful Southold Town business owners together in a casual setting to give an overview of their personal experiences, provide insights and a window to the opportunities and challenges of sustaining a business on the North Fork. 

The sessions will be moderated by a Southold EDC member, with a short introduction to the specific sector, followed by a ‘personal’ story by each business owner and concluding with an open forum of questions and answers.

Discussion topics may include: obstacles encountered starting and sustaining a business, overcoming those obstacles, successful business strategies, flexibility / versatility, resilience, timing, seasonality, and more.

The Economic Development Committee hopes these informal evenings will offer storytelling and conversation that’s engaging, motivating and even funny, to paint a realistic picture of what it’s like to start and build a business. 

Small business owners wear many hats, including managing and mentoring people, fundraising and sales, customer service, operations — whatever is required.

The first of the series, Service and Retail, will be moderated by Donielle Cardinale and will feature Renee’s and East End Sporting Goods from Mattituck; and Mullen Motors of Southold.

Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to bring an open mind and a willingness to learn.

The Southold Town Board created the Economic Development Committee (EDC) in November 2011 to advance initiatives to support economic growth for residents and businesses within the Town of Southold. The volunteer committee is charged with promoting economic vitality through implementing the goals and objectives as outlined in the draft Economic Chapter of the Town’s developing comprehensive plan, “Southold 2020.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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