Make this the Week You Get Out

Networking is important. Wouldn’t you agree? I try to attend many networking functions. The best ones are those in which I enjoy myself, then walk away feeling as if I’ve benefited from having attended, whether it be professionally (“That should make for a great story idea for the magazine”) or socially (“I wonder if she’s going to call me”). 

In Charlotte, a city that’s bursting at the seams with its young professionals demographic—we’re the third-fastest growing city in the country for people ages twenty-five to thirty-nine—you’ll find an increasing number of events that are attempting to bring young men and women out from their cubicles into a relaxed environment with music and drinks. You know that’s all you need to get young people to come out, right? Oh, and waive the cover charge. 

Here are three separate events going on this week that I think are worth checking out. I can vouch for them, having attended events by each of these groups in the past. If you happen to check out any of them, tell ’em Jarvis sent you. And when they say, “Jarvis who?” let me know and that’ll remind me that I need to get out and network more. 


Tuesday, Sept. 25

The Diva Lounge

Presented by Digital Divas

Digital Divas events are known for attracting the mover-and-shaker set, and often the ratio is three-to-one females to males (got that, fellas?). Local celebrities, politicians, and professional athletes have been spotted at these events. And the venues where DD events are held are as beautiful as the people themselves, including this cool new restaurant and lounge in SouthPark. Free admission. 5:30-9 p.m. M5 Modern Mediterranean, 4310 Sharon Road. 


Wednesday, Sept. 26

Black Business Network

Presented by and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur (Aren’t we all?), come out and meet other like-minded people. There will be a reception at the beginning, followed by a brief program presentation on topics such as professional development and tips on financing a small business, and then the event resumes to mixing and mingling. Free admission. 5:30 p.m. Allure Restaurant and Lounge, 1508 S. Mint St.


Wednesday, Sept. 26

Pop Life—The Fall Series

Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen

After attracting a packed house each Wednesday all summer long, the organizers of this after-work event wisely decided to extend it into the fall. It’s in NoDa so it attracts the cool, artsy, and fashionable people you would expect. And the DJ is usually on point with his blends of old-school hip-hop. Plus, there’s free food and drink specials. Free admission. 6-9 p.m. Prevue, 2909 N. Davidson St.


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