A 5:01 Social is an afterwork social event held at the facility of a YPN Partner or a local business. They begin promptly at 5:01pm, hence the name, allowing most Network members to attend immediately following work. Food and refreshments are always served. The event is an opportunity for the hosting business to get exposure in front of young professionals and network with members of YPN organization.
The 5:01 Social is one of the oldest events of the Network, dating back to 2005, and has continued on an ongoing basis ever since. While these events are primarily a function of the Social Team, the Entrepreneur Team (E-Team) often assists with connecting our organization with the businesses.
All Hands Fall Kickoff
The All Hands Fall Kickoff is derived from the concept of an all hands meeting in which an organization brings all its members together for a general meeting and shared purpose. Started in 2006, the All Hands event has grown into one of our two largest annual events. The All Hands Fall Kickoff is consistently an event for members to learn about each team, often in an around-the-world format, and create excitement for the YP Network from fall until spring.
This event was first organized in 2009 as a fun activity that combines a bowling tournament with a chili cook-off. The first year had seven bowling teams participate. In 2010, the number of teams doubled and we added a charity aspect holding a silent auction where proceeds went to Capitol Shakespeare. Since then, the event has developed into the largest fundraiser for the YPN. In addition, the Chill-N-Bowl traveling trophy has become a highly coveted piece of hardware!
Due to the incredible success of the event, the YP Network has also used it as an opportunity to give back to the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to various charitable organizations. The YPN’s non-profit partner (a charitable organization from the Bismarck-Mandan community chosen by the YPN on an annual basis) is invited to also raise funds at this event. A portion of the proceeds, combined with any funds the organization raises at the event (by holding a raffle, silent auction, etc.) is donated to that charity. This is a fun event that brings out the competitive spirit in all of us!
Cinco de Mayo Annual Celebration & Annual Meeting
It’s the YP Network’s birthday! The YPN gathers on or near Cinco de Mayo in honor of the organization’s formation on this holiday in 2005. This is the network’s largest annual event and also its annual meeting where we elect our vice president, present annual awards, and introduce the next round of YPN leadership whose terms run from May to May.
Entrepreneurs Among Us (E-Among Us)
E-Among Us is an event created by the Entrepreneur Team to showcase local entrepreneurs and businesses in Bismarck-Mandan. The event allows our members to visit locally-owned businesses in the community to hear their success stories. It gives YP’ers an opportunity to meet the owners of local businesses, hear their stories and ask questions in a relaxed environment. Business owners give a brief presentation outlining how they started, some of the challenges faced, and factors that have contributed to their success. The dialogue then commences to an informal Q&A session that allows YP’ers to ask questions. Q&A sessions have lasted from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the business. YP’ers are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to gain insight into how they can become more successful in their own careers as well as use the opportunity to network with successful business owners in our community. We typically hold these events at the place of business, either over the noon hour or right after work.
The YP Roundtable was started by the Entrepreneur Team (E-Team) in 2011, created to give YP’ers access to ‘big-name’ speakers that we normally wouldn’t get to meet at regular YPN events. The focus of the event is on entrepreneurship and how to be successful in business. We typically target individuals who have ties to North Dakota (i.e. Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins is a graduate of UND and came to speak to us). The speaker will give a brief presentation on how they got to where they are today followed by an extensive Q&A session. The event is designed to allow YP’ers to ask questions they normally wouldn’t get to ask if they attended a typically presentation given by these high-caliber individuals. The focus is on Q&A so YP’ers shape the event and the discussion around the things that are of most interest to them.