Smart 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.
- Evanston Entrepreneurial Growth & Profit Group (GNP) formerly 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. New: Lunch provided by Chamber Member Restaurants. Please sign up in advance for this event.
- Business After Hours
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
- Evanston Women in Business luncheons
Held the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 this lunch event provides women an atmosphere conducive for great networking surrounding a different professional development topic. The event location changes monthly to visit different Chamber member restaurants
- 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
- Evanston Rising Professionals
A great way for the 35 and under to advance their careers, the networking activities offer fun ways to engage with their peers and 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 Celebration and Awards
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 — complete with great socializing with Evanston’s finest
- The Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon
The Honorable Stephen Hagerty, Mayor of Evanston, delivers his State of the City Address to the community
- Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest
The Chamber’s festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago’s majestic North Shore, and one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 100 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.” The festival also gives visitors a taste of Evanston’s great restaurants and features a very popular children’s art tent with a piece of art culminating in a hung mural in Evanston.
- Evanston Chamber Annual Golf Outing
Indulge a little while you get business done on the fairway! The Chamber Golf Outing 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
- Mix, Mingle & MashUp event
A high energy event like no other! Held at the end of the summer on the lakefront at Northwestern University, the MashUp is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the business community, University and civic leaders
- 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.
Chamber events, educational programs, and special initiatives offer a range of sponsorship opportunities (for all budgets) to help a business gain greater awareness of Evanston Chamber’s
✔ leadership role in the business community, and
✔ support of the Evanston community.
Evanston Business Directory
For member’s only, the Chamber’s Evanston business directory puts 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 on— restaurants, hotels, shopping districts, and entertainment venues as well as service providers, from plumbers and carpet cleaners to financial/investment institutions, as well as many others — and we, in turn, direct them to our online directory of member businesses.
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. And that’s the power of connections within the Evanston Chamber Membership.