Developing & Connecting Future Leaders

We are creating a more connected community through professional development, philanthropy, & networking.

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YBNext is the Young Business Network Extension of Effingham County. We are an affiliate of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce and were established in 2009. YBNext came about when a group of people that lived or worked in Effingham County decided there was a need for a young business group to allow networking amongst those in the community but also prepare and assist in the shaping of the next group of Effingham County’s leaders. YBNext’s goal is the same today and our mission is to develop and connect future leaders.

YBNext strives to achieve the mission of developing and connecting future leaders by providing events, resources, and opportunities to the Effingham County area. We host events that encompass our values of Philanthropy, Leadership, Personal Growth, Professional Development, and Friendship and provide knowledge and opportunity for our members. Our professional development events bring in accomplished leaders and business owners in our community so our members can hear their journey, path, and successes and failures and tap into that knowledge while gaining new connections. Our philanthropic events target those looking to give back to the community and assist in making our community a stronger and better place. And, our social events provide a fun, relaxing way for our members to get to know one another outside of work to build not only relationships and connections, but friendships as well.

YBNext believes that Effingham County is a special place to live and work, so our focus is to maintain that belief and call people to action. We are always looking for new members to join YBNext so we can continue the YBNext legacy and create a bright future for Effingham County. As our vision states, “Our members drive the future.” We want you to be that future.  

Our Team

Russ Runde
Kaleb Hartman
Vice President and Membership Chair
Amanda Beals
Alex Allen
Coral Theole
Secretary and Phil


"Through YBNext, we were not only able to start our professional network, we were also able to gain lifelong friendships with individuals that share the desire of bettering the community we live in.”

- Grant and Molly Bushue
Fifth Third Bank / Effingham County CEO

"YBNext was started in hopes of attracting and retaining a vibrant work force who will eventually become Effingham’s next leaders."

- Chris Kabbes 
Washington Savings Bank Vice President – Lending

"I credit YBNext for many of the close friends I have in the area today and for the connections I have made in Effingham County.”

- Amanda Tucker
Lake Land College and Vayda Jane Bridal

Why join YBNext?

Social, Professional Development, & Philanthropy are the three pillars of YBNext. We strive to bring together a group that forges strong friendships through personal and professional growth and strengthens the community in which we all live.
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12 month membership April - March.
Includes all events, luncheons, professional developments, and philanthropy opportunities.

$25 spouse cost*

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*Limited membership available October - March

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Common Questions

If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch.
Do you have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to become a member of YBNext?
No, this is not a requirement. Whether your business or the business you work for is a member or not, you can join for the same, low rate. 
What are the requirements to be a YBNext member? 
Members must be between the ages of 21 and 45 and live or work in Effingham County. 
What are the dues to be in YBNext?
Our annual membership dues run April 1st – March 31st and is $75/person. If you miss the first 6 months, we offer a limited membership running from October 1st – March 31st for $50/person. Non-members are welcome to attend events and pay a per event fee.

YBNext can send invoices to businesses that wish to pay the membership fee for their employees and we can provide a W-9 for your Accounts/Payable departments to process payments. Checks are accepted from businesses and ACH payments are welcomed and encouraged. 
How do I find out about YBNext events?
The best way to stay up to date on YBNext events is by following YBNext on Facebook or Instagram to get the latest details and information on events. If you do not have social media, that’s okay! When you join YBNext, you will provide an email address to receive email reminders about upcoming events. If you wish to provide your phone number, you can enroll in text notifications about our upcoming events as well. 
I am interested in joining a YBNext committee or the board, what do I do?
We always welcome new committee members to assist with event planning and responsibilities as well as new potential board members. Anyone with interest may send an email expressing that interest to Our committee opportunities include marketing, membership, professional, charitable, and social committees. 
How can I become a speaker or host for a YBNext event? 
The YBNext board discusses all potential event speakers and locations to ensure it is a good fit for YBNext and our members. For anyone with an interest in speaking or hosting a future event, please email stating your interest with your name, business, potential topic and/or location. 

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