Over 100 events a year.
Monthly Networking Opportunities
Coffee Connects and Business After Hours, open to members and non-members, are held once a month at varying locations throughout Newton and Needham. Consistently drawing 50-100 attendees, these casual social networking events attract business professionals across all industries.
The Chamber’s Women in Networking Lunch Series, held at a different member restaurant each month, received such an overwhelming response that we’ve made it open to chamber members only. For $20, members enjoy a multi-course all inclusive lunch at some of the best restaurants in Newton & Needham, while getting to know their chamber colleagues in an informal, relaxed setting.
Young Professionals Group Happy Hours are held on the second Wednesday of every month and provide an opportunity for young professionals (generally between the ages of 21-40) to build their professional networks and establish connections within the local business community.
Marquee Annual Events
The chamber’s marquee annual events are some of the area’s largest gatherings of local business professionals and community leaders. The area’s burgeoning restaurant scene is on full display at Spring Seasonings: A Taste of Newton & Needham, where 40 member restaurants showcase the best food and beverage Newton and Needham have to offer to a crowd of 400+ at the Newton Marriott.
Held annually on the banks of the Charles River, the Chamber’s Green Business Awards Breakfast celebrates local businesses who
have taken significant or innovative strides to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt environmentally friendly practices.
100+ golfers participate in our Children’s Charitable Golf Tournament in August, a great day of golfing and social networking that also benefits a local charity. And, chamber members let loose and enjoy spectacular venues at our annual Holiday Party, Breakfast at Fenway Park, Hotel Indigo Pool Deck Party and Members Appreciation Nights .
The year’s marquee programming culminates with our Annual Achievement Breakfast, held every November. Recognizing key individuals within our communities, the event is the largest annual gathering of local business professionals and key civic leaders with 500+ in attendance.
Small business workshops & industry themed seminars: From social media
workshops, public relations seminars and events with local media outlets the chamber is dedicated to producing quality programs designed to
help small business owners and their employees develop necessary tools to market and grow their business and careers.
Chamber committees, including the Lawyers’ Council, Real Estate Committee, Non-Profit Committee and N2 Innovation District Task Force also coordinate regular events and create programming relevant to their respective industries and the business community.
Spotlight on local merchants: Spearheaded by the Shop Local committee, the chamber is dedicated to supporting our local retailers and promoting the benefits of shopping locally. Cash mobs, Holiday Strolls, and a brand-new monthly networking drop-in series, Shop & Schmooze, further showcase merchants to fellow members and the community as a whole.
Multi-Chamber events: Throughout the year, the Chamber joins forces with other local chambers, from Neponset Valley, Watertown-Belmont, Brookline, Wellesley, and Waltham to offer Speed Networking, multi-chamber networking events and other opportunities to promote your business and make connections in a larger sphere.
Timely forums on key issues and community development: The chamber partners with local and state public officials to provide forums on issues that directly affect the local business community. This includes candidate forums, proposed legislation, as well as traffic and infrastructure improvement plans and project updates.