In the past month, Melanie Kuriger, an AmeriCorps VISTA at Plano Children’s Theatre/North Texas Performing Arts, has been working on developing a knowledge of the local businesses in Plano and establishing relationships with potential funders. On November 22, Melanie attended her first Chamber of Commerce meeting for the Fairview/Allen areas. She arrived alone, and was nervous about giving the 30-second elevator pitch that all attendees gave, which her supervisor had explained previously. When they drew her business card out of the bucket and her 30 second pitch began, she surprised herself and ended up giving a very clear, timely description of the new location, the organization, and their mission. Afterwards, she networked with many of the chamber members and ended up meeting a reporter for a local newspaper, with whom she set up an interview for the following week.