Chamber Member Highlight – HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage)

Before HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) was HYPE, a Young Adult Professionals (YAP) organization was formed in 2003 by a group of community members who saw the need to have an organization dedicated to providing resources and events to connect young people in the Wayne County area. The group began coordinating bi-monthly networking nights, golf outings, and started the annual wine festival, “For the Love of Grapes”. The growing group eventually became an action committee through the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, YAP became HYPE Richmond, and they were housed under Indiana University East. In 2017, HYPE Richmond is now its own 501c3 continues to be a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to making our community a better place to live, work, and play. “For the Love of Grapes” is now in its 14th year, and they’ve added beer and local craft vendors to the event. The group organizes monthly themed HYPE Nights that include trivia, cork and canvas, game nights, and pub crawls! The group has also began hosting the Wayne County’s Outstanding Young Professionals awards that honors hard working young people in the Wayne County Community. HYPE is proud to partner with other community organizations including the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.


Call for Nominations (Deadline March 9th) –  Do you know a hard working young professional that deserves recognition? Well … Now is your chance to help show your appreciation! Nominate them to be one of Wayne County’s Outstanding Young Professionals! Nominate online at

HYPE Night at the Sheridan Pub (March 17th) – ST. Patrick’s Day 7pm to 3am. Join HYPE-Richmond as we celebrate St. Patty’s at The Sheridan Pub! 10% of proceeds from sales will be donated to Genesis Women’s Shelter. Find raffle prizes and 50/50 tickets throughout the night! DJ Coach will take over at 9pm! Must be 21 to enter.

Wayne County’s Outstanding Young Professionals Lunch – Mark your calendars for April 12th at Reid Health. Tickets go on sale soon.


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