About Manatee Young Professionals
A program of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Young Professionals (MYP) provides business, social and community resources for young and young-thinking professionals in Manatee County.
Manatee Young Professionals (MYP) is a program of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce geared towards those aged 21-40. As Tampa Bay's longest running YP program, MYP serves as a business, social and community resource.
Welcome From Ben Bakker
Greetings from your MYP leadership team! I have the honor of chairing MYP this year and leading a dedicated group of young professionals in planning the activities and initiatives of our program here at the Chamber.
If you are already a member, thank you for your support! Your membership makes it possible for us to offer diverse programming so that there is something for everyone through MYP.
If you are just checking us out for the first time, then welcome! We think you will love what you find at MYP. We encourage you to come to any event as our guest. You'll meet lots of fun, great people. And also learn more about our community and have the opportunity to make valuable business connections!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We're always available to answer any questions or help in any way we can.
We look forward to seeing you soon at our next great MYP event!
Chairman, MYP Leadership Committee
List of Benefits
Your Membership includes the following benefits:
- Free monthly Networking Socials
Value = 12 x $5, savings =$60
- Reduced fee to attend monthly MYPower Networking Lunches
Value = 12 x $5, savings = $60
- Complimentary subscription to the Chamber's Current Magazine
Value = $25
- MYP member profile on our website
- Reduced fee to attend other select events
- Inclusion in the MYP online Membership Directory
- Invitation to Members–only Breakfast with the Chamber Chairman event
- Opportunity to serve on MYP committees and directly impact the future of MYP programming
- Other special events and benefits announced throughout the year
- Community service opportunities
- Chamber member pricing for all Manatee Chamber events
- Opportunity for discounted tickets as offered to MYP by local organizations
- Invitation to the Manatee Chamber’s Annual Retreat for all active MYP Committee members
Why join the Manatee Young Professionals?
Being a member of MYP offers a young professional valuable networking, meaningful community involvement, enlightening professional/personal development and the opportunity to engage with business and community leaders while enhancing their business connections.
Who will I meet?
MYP networking social typically draw between 75–125 young professionals each month. They are there to make connections that will help them expand their network and do more business. Our networking luncheons typically include 30–40 individuals each month by providing the opportunity for more B2B networking and hone an "elevator speech" promoting their business. Our special events range from a 40–person night of bowling to a 150–person, large group baseball outing, to a 20–person wine tasting event.
Our members come from companies large and small ‐ international and garage-entrepreneurial. All are seeking new ways to meet other young professionals, do more business and help make Manatee County a place that attracts and supports young professionals.
What does it take to join MYP?
What is the cost of MYP?
Annual individual MYP membership is $50 for young professionals whose company is a member of the Manatee Chamber and $70 for those whose company is not yet a Chamber member. Corporate memberships are also available for companies with multiple young professionals on staff.
Why join a committee?
Committees are where the vision is set for MYP. Our committee members are able to chart the course for the program, implement new ideas, strengthen friendships and impact their community.
MYP Social Committee
Plans MYP's monthly networking socials and various special events throughout the year (e.g. Beach Bash, Pirates game, etc.) Meets approx. quarterly.
MYP Community Service Committee
Researches and plans MYP's monthly community service opportunities. Meets approx. quarterly.
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MYP Marketing Committee
Help raise the visibility of MYP through member communication, MYP website, etc. Meets approx. quarterly.
MYP Ambassador Committee
Help welcome new members to MYP and extend MYP hospitality to our entire membership. Meets approx. monthly.
MYP Leadership Committee
Oversees the MYP program and set the vision for program development and implementation. Meets approx. monthly.