• Premier and signature events are the most prestigious and high exposure events of the year and create a lot of buzz in the business community.  To see a list of all of our upcoming events and programs, click here.

    Annual Meeting (September)

    An annual event celebrating the previous year’s accomplishments and looking ahead to the next year.  Includes networking and the announcement of the Chamber Board of Directors, various awards including the Ambassador of the Year Award, Diplomat of the Year Award, E3YP Excellence Award and the Ruder Ware Innovator Award in memory of G. Lane Ware.

    ATHENA Leadership Award® Program (November)

    An annual event recognizing members of the region who have demonstrated professional excellence, taken part in community service and actively assisted women in attaining leadership skills that have helped them advance professionally.  Awards include:  ATHENA Leadership Award® and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. 

    Business Summit (March)

    An annual event designed to inspire and educate attendees on business topics through keynote speakers. 

    Economic Outlook (February)

    An annual event designed to review local and regional economic trends that impact business. 

    Educational Excellence Awards (May)

    An annual event bringing together educators to celebrate education impacting business. 

    Golf Outing (Co-Ed) (June)

    An annual event bringing together golfers for a day of business development and networking.  The 18-hole scramble is coined as one of the most prestigious outings and is sold out every year.

    Manufacturing Excellence Awards (October)

    An annual event bringing together manufacturers to celebrate manufacturing excellence in the region. 

    Small Business Week (April)

    An annual celebration of businesses in the region, featuring a Legislators’ forum, the announcement of the Small Business of the Year Award recipients, Business EXPO, EXPO Business PM and Small Business of the Year Recognition Ceremony. The Business EXPO is the “can’t miss” event during the week, drawing thousands of attendees from all over the state. The Business EXPO provides an opportunity to grow business networks by connecting attendees with hundreds of exhibitors and is one of the largest tradeshows in the state!

    Women’s Leadership Conference (January)

    An annual event focused on providing attendees with inspiration and leadership development to assist them in reaching their full potential in both their professional and personal lives. 

    Workforce Summit (June)

    An annual event designed to educate attendees on workforce-related topics through keynote speakers and other educational/networking sessions.

    YPWeek (April)

    An annual celebration of young professionals throughout the state, featuring activities that engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to them, while educating employers on the important issues that matter to young professionals.  The highlight of YPWeek is the YP Summit.  This annual event is designed to inspire and educate attendees on community, personal and professional development topics through keynote speakers.