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Eugene Young Professionals invite attendees to network within the community

The Eugene Young Professionals Summit invited a crowd to learn more about business strategies and ways to network in the Eugene/Springfield community. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton headlined an event Tuesday at his alma mater to educate entrepreneurs in Lane County.

Organizers said more than 480 people attended the young professionals summit at the University of Oregon.

The Eugene Chamber of Commerce hosted the event.

It showcased 15 different speakers; each of them presenting different ways for young professionals to sharpen their business strategies.

Organizers said the all-day event was meant to inspire young professionals to engage with the Eugene/Springfield community.

“We started doing some research about what makes a young professional stay in the community that they are at and it's about building relationships and it’s about helping them engage in the community,” said Brittany Quick-Warner, interim CEO at Eugene Chamber of Commerce.

The Young Professionals Summit will hold an after party. It begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. at Autzen Stadium.

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