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Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
3:59 pm CDT April 17, 2019

When businessmen Andy Varga, of Frankfort, and Michael Hardek, of Orland Park, got together at an Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, they came up with an idea to create Leadz. And the nonprofit networking group is celebrating 10 years in 2019.

“Early in 2009 … I shared my desire to start a Leadz group to Mike,” Varga said. “He liked the idea, and we tried to be different than the other lead groups out there. Our idea was to connect with like-minded business people at a happy hour twice a month while also donating to charity.”