Top 10 Ideas for Your Next Chamber Event

If you’re a member of a Chamber of Commerce, then you know the importance of hosting and attending events. Events are a great way to get to know other businesses in your area, and they can also be a source of revenue for your chamber. In this blog post, we will share 10 ideas for Chamber events that are sure to be a success!

Networking Events

Yes- a networking event is always the safe option but it really does open up what the chamber offers to the local community. A networking event is a perfect way to get businesses in your area acquainted with each other. You can set up a room full of tables and chairs, or you could do a more casual “meet and greet” style event. Be sure to provide plenty of snacks and drinks for guests!

Business after hours is a great way to mix business with pleasure. This is an event where Chamber members can come and network with each other, while also enjoying some drinks and snacks. Be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for networking, such as a set amount of time for each business to talk about what they do, or even a “speed networking” event.

Pro Tip!

Take it to the next level with this concept! The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce took their networking event to the next level by putting an interesting twist on “speed dating” by turning it into ‘Business Speed Dating’. Businesses from around the area were brought together by the chamber and given 30-second spots to introduce their businesses to their attendees. This is a great idea to engage and encourage businesses in the area to job seekers and local professionals.

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions are a great way to learn from the experts. You can invite local business owners to come and discuss topics such as marketing, social media, or even starting a business. This is a great event for Chamber members who want to learn more about running a successful business. You can also invite local politicians to come and discuss the current state of the economy, or any other hot topics.

Seminars

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Seminars are a great way for Chamber members to learn new skills. You can host a seminar on anything from social media marketing to time management. Be sure to have an expert speaker lined up who can share their knowledge with Chamber members. This is a great event for businesses who want to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques.

Pro Tip!

Take it to the next level with this concept! The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana took its seminar events to the next level by highlighting local business resources in the area. They hosted a Business Development Webinar that was free and open to the public gaining awareness to the public as a trustworthy source.

Host a Charity Drive or Event

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Charity events are a great way to give back to the community. You can host a charity event at your chamber, or you could partner with another local organization to hold the event. This is a great way to bring businesses and the community together for a good cause. Try looking into a blood drive or fun event with an admission of canned goods.

Pro Tip!

If you’re looking for a charity event idea, why not try a food drive? You can partner with a local grocery store to set up a donation bin, and then have a food drive at your next Chamber event. This is a great way to help those in need in your community, and it’s also a great way to bring businesses together for a good cause.

Continuing on the charity event idea, you could also try a ” coat drive” during the winter months! This is another great way to help those in need, and it’s a great way to get your Chamber members involved. You can partner with a local homeless shelter or clothing bank to collect donations.

Highlight your Members Businesses

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A trade show is a great way to showcase your Chamber members’ businesses. You can set up a trade show at your chamber, or you could partner with another local organization to hold the event. This is a great way to bring businesses and the community together under one roof.

Pro tip!

Take it to the next level with this concept! The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce located in southern Illinois highlighted their local businesses in a creative way to boost their local economy and engaged locals to support their businesses. Shop Southern Illinois is a program hosted by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents in the area to pledge to do a majority of their holiday shopping in the local region. Upon taking the pledge, residents were put in a drawing to win prizes donated by local businesses weekly.

Host a Job Fair

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This is a great way to highlight and promote your affiliates, partnerships, and chamber programs to young professionals in the area. Job seekers and new graduates are always looking for ways to connect with local businesses and network with companies in the surrounding city.

Publicizing Your Event

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After you have created the event logistics such as the date, time, and name of the event. It’s time to publicize your event! Nowadays almost anyone has access to the internet making it super easy to get the word out about your event – and the best part is that it’s free! Here are some tips to make sure you’re posting where attendees can sign up:

  • Website: This is where you should be housing all your information on your upcoming events. Attendees should be able to clearly find the date, time, cost, and attire for your event. If applicable- make sure you have a registration form!
  • Facebook & Instagram: You can post a static post on your social media profiles- but make sure you have a link to your sign-up page!
  • Using Stories: Use the story feature on Facebook and Instagram to be pinned at the top of your subscriber’s timelines- again make sure you have that sign-up link.
  • Sharing: Encourage employees, leadership, and other organizations who are joining you at the event to share on their profiles. This will help you with exposure!

Social media platforms are great but don’t forget about old-fashioned flyers! You can post flyers in local businesses or even hand them out at your next Chamber event.

Final Thoughts

Whether your chamber is looking to highlight resources within your chambers or enhance the connections with local companies, you have plenty of options. Events are a great way to do this and it’s a Chamber of Commerce’s main mission. If you are looking for more ideas or want help planning your next event, feel free to reach out!

The importance and value of having events in Chamber of Commerce cannot be stressed enough. Events provide an opportunity for members to connect with each other and with the community. They also provide a way for the Chamber to promote its resources and partnerships. Events don’t have to be extravagant or expensive- in fact, many Chambers hold charity events as a way to give back to the community.

Mikayla Anderson

Mikayla Anderson

Website & Graphic Designer

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