The Chamber's Annual Meeting is quite a momentous event. In summary, the Annual Meeting is a chance to recognize the achievements of the business community and of prominent leaders, which is done while sharing a banquet-style meal and good conversation. In detail, however, this event is much more important.
First, there are ample networking opportunities to be had. Total attendance reaches close to 200 people, and those people are often high-ranking officials in a variety of businesses. What's more, the event is designed to mix and mingle people: dinner is served buffet style, and anyone can sit at any table that isn't specifically reserved. If you are looking for a way to increase your exposure on the playing field or to make friends for the future, this is the premier place to do exactly that.
Also in regards to networking, one should note that the people who run this event - the waiters, the servers, the greeters, etc. - are all participants of the Chamber's leadership programs. These top-notch individuals have already decided that they want to make a big impact on their community, and they will be present and willing to talk to you, so you can spot the up-and-coming talents before anyone else.
Beyond this, the Annual Meeting can be whatever you make it. You can establish contacts, sure, or you can pitch an idea you have to someone who can help you make it happen; you can show off something you've already done to people who can help it go further. The potential of this event is only limited by your imagination. This combination of possibilities make the Annual Meeting invaluable to the improvement of your business.
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