Networking

Networking is getting out and about, meeting your fellow Chamber members, learning about their businesses... and telling them about yours! Networking is more than just making introductions, it's about making connections. Here are a few opportunities to keep in mind:

Business Expo

The Annual Business Expo takes place Wednesday, April  3, 2019 from 4-7pm at the Watkins Glen Community Center. It begins with The Showcase, which is free to attend and open to the public from 4-5pm.

Registration Info

During The Showcase participants and attendees have the opportunity to network, build new business relationships, and learn from vendors that provide unique products and services to help grow their businesses. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend! This is a great place to learn about all of the goods and services available to you right here in your backyard. Vendors are also able to sell their pre-packaged products! At 5pm the event transitions into the Chamber's After Hours Mixer and all are welcome to attend! Networking, mixing, and mingling will continue, along with refreshments, a short program, and the opportunity to share your business announcements.

Brochure Exchange

All Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce tourism-based businesses are welcome to participate in our always-popular Brochure Exchange!

Where: Parking Lot of Lakeside Park at Clute Park
When: Friday, April 26, 8:30am - 12:00pm
What: Trunk-or-Treat style brochure exchange

This means you will pull your car in, pop your trunk or tailgate (which we encourage you to decorate), setup a table (if you want), hang your banners or signage, and really have fun with your space! Set-up begins at 8:30am, and the event will being at 9:00am. We promise you’ll get a lot out of just a three and a half hour commitment!

This is your chance to pick up 2019 Schuyler County Travel Guides to share with visitors to your property, to exchange your brochures, rack cards and/or guides with fellow tourism-based businesses, stock your brochure racks for the season with area activities, attractions, accommodations, and more, and of course, to network with tourism industry colleagues. So many important connections are made at this event and we would love to see you there! Attendees include accommodations, wineries, restaurants, attractions, and more – all who are actively seeking materials to stock their brochure racks for the busy tourist season!

The best part? There is NO COST for chamber members to participate (it is $100 for non-chamber members)! CLICK HERE to download a registration form, and email it to Events Manager Liz Salamendra at liz@watkinsglenchamber.com

The registration deadline is April 20, but we encourage you to act today! Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

COFFEE CONNECTIONS

A benefit that the Chamber offers to both potential and current members! This is an unique spin on networking designed to help engage new members and build relationships.  Coffee Connections also provides one more avenue to teach the chamber staff how to be an expert on making referrals for your business. These networking opportunities will be held on the first Tuesday of every other month (beginning in February) from 9am – 10am. Kindly RSVP to Membership Services Manager, Mary Beth Hollenbeck, at 607-535-4300. Each connection will offer different faces and different businesses in the mix. Be sure to bring a friend or a colleague to make the most out of the terrific networking opportunity!

Monthly After Hours Mixers

After Hours Mixers take place on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-7pm at varying locations. 2019 After Hours Mixers have been generously sponsored by  Elmira Savings Bank, so there is no fee to attend! To RSVP for a mixer or more information, please give us a call at 607-535-4300. Please download our 2019 Chamber Events Calendar to view monthly mixer locations.

Summer Rendezvous

Held in July every year, this is a family-friendly evening event that is BBQ meets After Hours Mixer!