Bloomington Normal Young Professionals





Our Mission

Bloomington-Normal Young Professionals (BNYP) strive to strengthen the local and business community by providing accessible professional development resources, service projects, and networking opportunities for young professionals through the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.


What is BNYP?

We are engaged leaders in the Bloomington-Normal community, that are focused on building our professional networks, giving back to the community, and taking on leadership roles to help move this community forward.  We are current leaders in our community who are interested in connecting with others and growing as a leader.

When joining BNYP you can expect to network with over 75 other members, engage in thought-provoking discussions, excel in personal and professional endeavors, and assist in transforming the community in which we live, work, and play.




BNYP specifically looks to create candid discussion on issues affecting young professionals:

  • How do I enhance my personal and professional development?
  • How can I make an impact in my community?
  • What opportunities exist for young professionals today?


What are the qualifications for BNYP?

  1. Consist of members between 22 – 40 years old
  2. Must have strong interpersonal skills
  3. Highly motivated
  4. Professional demeanor and positive attitude
  5. Desire to engage with other young professionals and participate in BNYP events


What will I gain professionally and personally from being a BNYP member?

By being in BNYP you have the opportunity to:

  • Impress Employers:  Develop new relationships, increase organization visibility, gain potential new business for the betterment of your organization
  • Build Personal & Professional Development:  Improve your networking skills, advance your public speaking abilities, increase your management skills all through our monthly meetings, volunteer/leadership positions, service events, and social gatherings
  • Give Back to the Community:  volunteer at service events throughout the year that are aimed to support the continual growth and progress of Bloomington-Normal
  • Build Camaraderie:  Meet new people, learn about yourself, connect with your community, inspire others and be inspired to grow as a leader


What is the cost for BNYP and what benefits are included?

Chamber Member:  $175 per year

Non-Chamber Member:  $200 per year

Your membership dues include:

  • Ten lunches at our membership meetings (once a month except for July and December)
  • One BNYP t-shirt to wear at our service events
  • Access to all BNYP events which include meetings, socials, service projects, happy hours, and coffee hours
  • Food/Beverage provided at our July membership cookout
  • Invitation to our annual ICE Mixer event in January
  • Networking with over 75 other BNYP members
  • Opportunity to get engaged on a sub-committee
  • Opportunity to grow into a Board position


How do I join BNYP?

If you have questions or would like to attend a membership meeting as a guest, contact the 2024 BNYP President, Victoria Padilla who will be happy to provide further information and welcome you to experience a BNYP meeting.


If you are ready to join this amazing group, please fill out the membership application.  Once submitted you will be contacted by our Membership Chair.







Bloomington-Normal Young Professionals provides many opportunities throughout the year for our membership to get involved with. We have a set calendar but as the year moves forward we do have changes, updates, and additions. All information about location, speaker, and topic for our membership meetings is provided about a month prior in our Weekly Wednesday Updates (WWU).  


Updates to our calendar with added socials or spontaneous events are sent out to our membership through the WWU’s as well. All members are encouraged to read those emails for any changes to our Membership Calendar. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the 2024 President Victoria Padilla. 



BNYP Sponsorships

Our monthly BNYP Meetings happen because of the amazing sponsors we have that host and provide a raffle for meetings. If you are interested in hosting BNYP or providing a raffle item, please click below to find out more information and dates that are available.