The Newport County Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group, the Emerging Leaders, will be hosting a summer kickoff party at Saltwater located at 49 America’s Cup Avenue on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Emerging Leaders are a group of committed young professionals forty and younger who meet regularly to establish contacts, share common interests and increase business opportunities. Their mission is professional development, networking and volunteerism.

Join them at Saltwater, Newport’s hip, new, waterfront destination. All young professionals are invited to attend this evening of networking and socializing. Enjoy free food, a free drink with ticket purchase, live entertainment, and a presentation recognizing local young professional business owners.

Tickets can be reserved online at or purchased at the door.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with over 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees and is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island.  We help businesses succeed.

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