The public is invited to visit engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson Thursday evening after the office has closed.
The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce has been hosting “business after hours” events for the past couple of years as an effort to get the community involved with local businesses.
“It’s an opportunity for a business to open their doors to the whole community in kind of a relaxed setting,” Kay Vinje, office manager at the Chamber, said. “It’s a chance to show off what services you have, what products you’re selling, what promotions you have, and what you can do for the community.”
Deb Leitner, administrative assistant at KLJ, said, Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. they’ll have a meet and greet, so the public can see what the engineering firm does. She also encourages students who have an interest in engineering or those who “are just thinking about engineering or want to know what exactly it is to be an engineer or surveyor” to attend the open house. The office is located at 1010 Fourth Ave. SW in Valley City.
“We have a little PowerPoint presetnation of the history of KLJ,”
Leitner said, along with “different little banners thorughout the office explaining who we are, what we do, and how we best serve Barnes County and the City of Valley City.”
Leitner said the event is an opportunity to bring people in; “however, we do have a new logo so we’re going to be displaying that.”
“It’s going to be kind of a fun thing. I hope the community comes; we have a lot to offer,” Leitner said. “I always tell people that KLJ is one of God’s best kept business secrets.”
Vinje said the events, held monthly at various businesses in town, is a great opportunity for people to network in the community.
“It’s great to support these businesses, but while you’re there, you’re also meeting community and business leaders,” she said.
Business after hours events are held usually on Thursdays by any Chamber member that wants to show off their business.
“If there’s something new going on or a change in product lines or whatever people want to talk about, it’s really great to invite the whole community in,” Vinje said.
At every event, the Chamber holds a drawing for $25 in Chamber bucks. Additionally, this time, KLJ is doing their own drawing and giving away an iPad mini.