HOTCoffee launches 2016 networking season

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HUNTSVILLE, AL- HOTCoffee is the brain child of John Whitman, a former UAH professor. The 2016 networking season began Friday, under new leadership.

"It was something founded by UAH and administered by UAH, well it continued to grow and after a while, John left UAH and is now doing his own business but HOTCoffee outlasted that.. it had legs, it moved on," said Vicki Morris, the group's co-director.

The growing networking group is now led by a leadership team.

"The genesis of it started impacting the Huntsville community, now we want to grow it to impact the entire north Alabama community," said Morris.

One of the biggest changes for the 2016 season is a seven-minute startup speaker who is excelling in the field before the group breaks to network. One thing that's not changing is the group is completely free.

"It's welcoming everyone, some people at this point can't afford to join a chamber, to join a BNI group. This group is just about sharing, just about connecting, feeding off each other; one of our principles is give before you get," said Morris.

Welcoming everyone includes people not even in the workforce yet. Marina McGruder is home from Mississippi State on break and explains the importance of lessons learned outside of the classroom.

"Here you actually get to see what people do, how they do it, their opinions, intake," said Morris.