Aiken Chamber Young Professionals invites the community to join them for an evening of fun and networking.

AYP is kicking off 2013 with a membership drive and networking hour on Thursday. The event will include live music, free giveaways and complimentary appetizers and drinks.

“It’s an opportunity to see old friends, make new ones and learn a little bit more about AYP,” said 2012 Event Committee Chair Derrick McLane.

McLane said it’s in a very casual setting and the steering committee will be at the event to answer any questions about AYP.

AYP is for individuals from the ages of 22 to 39 and offers networking opportunities for young professionals in the area.

It was established in 2008 by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

AYP holds a variety of events throughout the year, from polo to family fun activities, for their members to enjoy.

The group also encourages taking advantage of volunteer opportunities.

McLane said AYP is very involved in the community and members have a wide spectrum of activities to choose from.

The event is free and will be held at Cork and Bean at 100 Laurens St. in downtown Aiken from 6 to 8 p.m.

There’s a “recruitment special” during January and February, which is $35. It’s typically $50 a year for individuals who represent an Aiken Chamber-associated business and $75 for those who do not work with a business that’s a member of the Chamber.

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