In an effort to encourage young people pursuing careers ranging from office jobs to farming, Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce has announced formation of a networking group for young business people.

The chamber, together with Wentworth Event Center and Camden National Bank, invites young business people to a kick-off event Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Wentworth Event Center, 139 Searsport Ave.

No need to register; just show up. There will be appetizers from Harborwalk restaurant and a cash bar.

An initial group has confirmed that there is ongoing interest in social activities and networking, and possibly more structured activities as well.

During the Jan. 9 gathering  participants will mingle, get acquainted, and have whiteboards for brainstorming ideas in a casual environment. Organizers say they want to identify what young business people of the greater Belfast area are looking for in their region, and what members of the business community can offer one another.