[Chicago] next meeting talk- topic request

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Wed Nov 7 00:45:27 CET 2007

Feihong Hsu wrote:
> I talked to my boss about hosting chipy meetings.  She was very amenable 
> to the idea, but told me that to convince the higher-ups I would have to 
> justify it through the viewpoint of "business reasons".  Has anyone else 
> had to go through this kind of process to convince their company to host 
> a user's group meeting? 

Business reasons: increase the visibility of your company to developers 
in the Chicago area.  This makes hiring a lot easier, and makes your 
company more attractive.  To a degree it makes people in the community 
more amenable to answering questions and generally being helpful towards 
employees at your company.  And of course, it is a sign that the company 
supports its employees' professional development and interest in the 
craft of programming.

Ian Bicking : ianb at colorstudy.com : http://blog.ianbicking.org

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