Chamber members who attended the June bi-monthly Rockford Chamber of Commerce luncheon were in for a treat in food and company. Seated upstairs at Ramona’s Table, the nearly 50 attendees filled the space nicely. The afternoon’s agenda included introducing several new members of the Chamber as well as enjoying a delicious spread for lunch. Served buffet style was garden salad, Balsamic chicken, sausage stuffed peppers and garlic bread. Divided up by tables, the group was asked to narrow down new networking opportunities that might enhance an already busy annual Chamber schedule. Among ideas were adopting a service project, an evening out at a ballgame or other sporting events, a park picnic bringing dishes to pass, hosting a multi-chamber after hours event, a breakfast meeting or a happy hour event for Chamber members. Getting to know other Chamber members is one benefit of membership of the Chamber, and at this event seating was assigned to allow different people to meet (given free seating, friends tend to sit with friends). A short presentation was given by two chamber member businesses and Chamber staff talked about upcoming Chamber events. Now, post Start of Summer, including the parade, carnival and a visit by the Food Network, who told Chamber Executive Director that Rockford is by far the most enchanting town they have ever visited, the Chamber still has a full slate lined up for the rest of the year. Counting, it was discovered the Chamber holds a whopping 22 events during the course of the year with many months of planning behind each one. Polly VonEschen, who is her 28th year as the main organizer of Start of Summer, said the Chamber starts working on just that one event each January. Coming up yet this year is an After Hour at Reds on the River on July 13, Sidewalk Sales July 16, 17 and 18, a luncheon at The SCORE August 3 and an afterhours at Chiro Health September 14. Then come a host of holiday events, including a lighting ceremony, carriage rides, the Santa Parade, holiday open houses, and Santa at the Rotary Pavillion. Membership in the Chamber is premier at $450 a year and regular membership at $325. Chamber events are open to members and future members, […]
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 8, at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of Twisted Vine. This month’s luncheon will be sporting the new format and features more networking opportunities for the participants. This luncheon will spotlight Chamber members and how they help each other to attain their business goals. With the new format, there will also be three tables available for highlighting your business. This includes setting up a display at the table, placing literature at the luncheon tables and three minutes to give an overview of your business to the attendees. To find out more about this opportunity call Linda at the Chamber office. To attend this luncheon, please call the Chamber office at 866-2000, or e-mail email@example.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. If you bring a friend, you may purchase their lunch for just $10. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend you must call and cancel prior to the event, or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event.