Over 120 events a year.
Forget stuffy mixers and gray boardrooms. Our 120+ annual events feature stunning venues, dynamic speakers and attendees from wide-ranging industries. Whether you are looking to make new connections, build business relationships, increase your skill set, learn from industry leaders, or celebrate the vibrancy of our communities – we have an event for your interest and schedule.
MONTHLY NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Coffee Connects and Business After Hours are hosted by a different member each month. Consistently drawing 50-100 attendees, these casual social networking events are open to members and nonmembers and attract business professionals across all industries.
Our member-only Women in Networking Lunch Series sells out almost every month. Guests enjoy all-inclusive lunch at some of the best restaurants in our footprint while getting to know their chamber colleagues in an informal, relaxed setting.
The second Wednesday of every month our Young Professionals Group (geared towards ages 21-40) gathers to build connections at networking happy hours held at local hot spots. The events often have a fun twist like bowling, wine tasting, kayaking or trivia.
MARQUEE ANNUAL EVENTS
Our can't-miss marquee annual events typically draw audiences of up to 500+ local business professionals and civic leaders. Dynamic keynote speakers headline our Spring Business Breakfast at the Needham Sheraton and Fall Business Breakfast at the Newton Marriott where we also recognize local businesses, young entrepreneurs and dedicated community leaders. Every April, forty local chefs showcase food and beverage offerings at Spring Seasonings: A Taste of our Towns, a guaranteed sell-out.
And, scores of Needham families come to the Town Common to explore local business and nonprofit booths during the Spring Street Fair, while enjoying live music, fun activities, trolley rides and a local food court. The Fall Harvest Fair repeats the festivities with the addition of the Needham Farmers Market and a free pumpkin patch.
Members let loose and enjoy spectacular venues at our annual New Year’s Bash, Needham Night, Hotel Indigo Pool Deck Party, and Annual Members Celebration, where we honor the milestone anniversaries of our longest standing members. August's Tournament Week features our Children’s Charitable Golf Tournament at Woodland Golf Club as well as our Young Professionals and Nonprofit Annual Cornhole Tournament at MIT Endicott House. Both events benefit a member charity and are fun social ways to make new connections.
Our educational workshops & seminars include monthly small business seminars and targeted industry specific programs designed to help owners, employers and employees develop necessary tools to market and grow their businesses and careers. Committees like the Lawyers Council and the Real Estate, Nonprofit and N2 Innovation Task Force also host networking events and create programming related to their respective industries. For brick-and-mortar businesses, ribbon cuttings and our Shop & Schmooze networking drop-in series showcase local retailers to members and the community as a whole. Periodically, we join forces with other local chambers to offer Speed Networking, multi-chamber networking events, business expos and other opportunities to make connections in a larger sphere.
Timely forums on key issues and community development include candidate forums, proposed legislation, as well as traffic and infrastructure improvement plans and project updates. Speakers and panelists often include state and municipal officials, stakeholders or industry experts.