The Chamber typically hosts more than thirty events throughout the year. From monthly “Business After Business” Receptions, to educational seminars and annual favorites, these events help members network, learn about vital business topics, increase their community awareness and involvement, and achieve business success.

Annual Events

Meeting of the Members  (January)

The Annual Meeting is a long-standing tradition and is the largest gathering of Chemung County Chamber of Commerce members. This event features remarks from the Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors as well as a keynote speaker, and ample opportunities to network.

Economic Forum (February)

The Economic Forum selects a lively panel of business community members each year who provide their unique  insight into timely economic issues and developments that impact the Southern Tier Region.

Leadership Chemung Commencement (May)

Every May, a new class of Leadership Chemung is celebrated with a commencement ceremony. This ceremony incorporates commentary from class members, a class-elected speaker, and highlights the community volunteer projects that are completed as an integral part of the program.

James V. Clune, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament (August)

Take to the greens at the Elmira Country Club for a day filled with networking, fun, food and golf! Grab a golf cart, some colleagues, and enjoy a day out of the office. Lunch and refreshments are provided all day, along with awards for Tournament Champions, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hole in One.

“Made in the Southern Tier” Manufacturing Day (October)

This is a local celebration of National Manufacturing Day, which seeks to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the economy and provide manufacturers with the opportunity showcase the potential of modern manufacturing, as well as pique student interest in rewarding careers. MFG Day includes an annual manufacturer expo at Greater Southern Tier BOCES, open to high school and college students, school professionals, and business community members.

Shop Small Saturday (November)

During the month of November, the Chamber, a designated Shop Small Neighborhood Champion, organizes a promotion to encourage visitation to local small businesses, as well as cross-promotion amongst small businesses, both on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday shopping season.

Awards Ceremony (December)

Join us as we celebrate influential women and men in our business community. This annual event honors individuals who are nominated and selected for the following awards:

ATHENA® Leadership Award
Mary E. Kennedy Community Builder Award
Member Milestone Anniversaries
Member Services Council Ambassador of the Year
New Business of the Year Award
Partners in Education Award
Trailblazer Award
Young Professional Award

Educational Events

Leadership Chemung

The longstanding Leadership Chemung educational program provides the opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of the community and hone their leadership skills.

The Chamber Member Educational Series

The Chamber Member Educational Series sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Company offers an average of fifteen seminars per year on a variety of issues that affect businesses and their employees. Some of the topics recently covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Social Media Series
  • Workers’ Compensation Reform
  • Retirement Educations
  • Succession Planning
  • Branding
Mark Twain Country Ambassador Training

The newest Chamber educational offering is a five-class series perfect for human resources personnel, front desk staffers, real estate agents, new employees, and any business community member interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the many attributes of Chemung County and the Finger Lakes Region. Classes cover local attractions in the realms of Chemung County History, Arts & Architecture, Parks, Health & Recreation, Shopping & Dining, and Regional Assets.

Networking Events

Business After Business (BAB)

These receptions are hosted at Chamber member businesses and offer a place to network with other members and learn more about the hosting business. These receptions are also catered by Chamber member restaurants, offering the attendees a taste and sip of the local bounty.