evanston-mayor-luncheon-6Smart business owners and managers know that success is not achieved solely by what they know, what they create, or how determined they are. It’s a combination of factors; and at the core, it’s also very much about who they know and who gains their trust. In life and business, relationships are key.

A witness to the impressive power of connections in business, the Evanston Chamber dedicates resources to expand opportunities for members to Get Connected by networking and building brand visibility, namely through popular events, sponsorships and the Chamber’s Evanston Community Business Directories (online and in print).

Networking Events — Make Connections

Long gone are the days of standing alone in a room. The Chamber and, more importantly, its members make it easy and fun to engage in conversation and begin fostering enduring and trusted relationships.

Informal monthly events provide ideal settings for professional development, relationship building and information exchange.

  • Small Office/Home Office lunch & learns
    Held at noon on the second Wednesday of each month, this lunch-&-learn opportunity features guest speakers and interactive programming geared toward challenges and issues facing small businesses; although many topics are relevant to companies of all sizes. (Bring your own lunch)
  • Evanston Women in Business luncheons
    Held the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 this lunch event provides women (men are welcome) an atmosphere conducive for great networking surrounding a different professional development topic. The event location changes monthly to visit different Chamber member restaurants.
  • Business After Hours get-togethers
    One of the Chamber’s most popular monthly networking events, the Business After Hours is hosted by a different Chamber member each month. Members enjoy an evening of comradery, connecting with old friends and making new contacts, all while savoring great food and beverages.
  • Networking breakfasts
    Get your morning started with a high-energy meet & greet breakfast hosted by fellow Chamber members. Held at 7:45 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, this networking event helps businesses expand its network of contacts before starting the day at work!
  • Emerge (Young Professionals) networking
    A great way for young professionals to advance their careers, the Emerge networking activities offer fun ways to engage with other promising leaders and enhance their business savvy.

Popular annual events offer a number of ways to meet and engage in conversations with the Who’s Who of Evanston.

  • Annual Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon — Mark your calendar for Friday, March 18!
    The Honorable Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, delivers her State of the City Address to the community.
  • Chamber Golf Classic — Mark your calendar Monday, July 25!
    Indulge a little while you get business done on the fairway! The Chamber Golf Classic is a fun and casual event designed for businesses and their clients to enjoy a day together with lunch, 18 holes, and a fantastic dinner at one of the North Shore’s finest courses.
  • Annual Meeting Celebration and Awards Dinner
    There’s no better way to recognize the accomplishments of the past year than with a party! This annual event honors the leadership of the Chamber as well as outstanding entrepreneurs, nonprofits and community leaders — and complete with great socializing with Evanston’s finest!
  • Annual Legislative Leaders Breakfast
    A key event for the Chamber and its members, this breakfast hosts elected representatives who speak on the issues that are impacting the business community. Best of all, Chamber members select the topics they want addressed at this forum, through a survey sent prior to the event.
  • Mix, Mingle & MashUp event
    A networking event like no other! Held at the end of the summer on the beachfront of Northwestern University, the MashUp is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the business community, university and civic leaders all in one place.

Sponsorships

Chamber events, educational programs and special initiatives offer a range of sponsorship opportunities (for all budgets) to help a business gain greater awareness of its:

✔ brand
✔ leadership role in the business community, and
✔ support of the Evanston community.

Review the 2016 sponsorship opportunities.

Evanston Business Directories (online and print)

For member’s only, the Chamber’s Evanston business directories put members’ contact information in the hands of their target audiences — residents, visitors, and other businesses.

The online version, includes a business referral service that is available from the Evanston Chamber’s home page, and directly at www.evchamber.com/directory. Countless residents and visitors either contact the Chamber office directly or search the Web for referrals to — restaurants, hotels, shopping districts, and entertainment venues as well as service providers, from plumbers and carpet cleaners, to Web developers and financial/investment institutions, as well as many others — and we in turn direct them to our online directory of member businesses.

The print directory, 2016 Evanston Community Guide, is year-long resource for residents, students and businesses. Mailed to select residents in January each year, the Guide is also distributed by businesses and realtors, and handed out at community events throughout the year. The Guide lists members alphabetically as well as by category.

Whether your business is a B2B, B2C, or both, the Chamber, its members and event attendees are genuine in their desire to help support local businesses and facilitate introductions to people who know people … who know people. That’s the beauty of networking in a business community like Evanston’s. And that’s the power of connections in the Evanston Chamber.