From its inception in 2002, the Chamber set a robust annual Calendar of Events that made it one of the most active business organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Also, it developed a strong tradition of making luncheon or dinner an opportunity to bring business people together to network, learn from one another and develop new business leads and opportunities for partnerships.
Despite the severe economic downturn that has tended to reduced attendance, most Chambers continue to organize luncheons and other networking opportunities because business is ultimately about human interactions that forge familiarity, trust and confidence.
Our Business Leaders Luncheons (BLL) are focused primarily on the business community and feature a diversity of topics, which are presented by widely recognized experts and which provide invaluable insights to executives, managers and sales and marketing specialists of small and mid-sized businesses.
Topics often address international, political, economic, business and financial trends such as social media, marketing, international trade, government procurement, economic and workforce development issues, healthcare regulatiom, marketing, sales strategies, updates of business tax strategies, access to capital and financial planning.
Sometimes keynote speakers are elected and/or appointed officials from local, state and Federal government who have been invited to brief our members about new legislative developments or economic initiatives. Included in the luncheons is the opportunity for quality networking and around-the-room introductions. Hot meals are generally served plated or in a buffet style.
Luncheons are typically held on Tuesday, Wednesdays or Thursdays depending on the geographic location, but the majority of them take place in the Washington, D.C. Metro are, which encompasses the District of Columbia and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia. Expected attendance varies depending on the sponsoring chapter, the location of the venue and the topic, and it ranges from 20 to 30 guests, which is about 50% of pre-recession levels.
Luncheons and other networking events provide sponsorship investments and create highly visible opportunities for the sponsoring business to promote its brand name and describe for about five minutes the products and/or services it offers. For more information please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page.
To view and/or register online for upcoming luncheons and other Chamber functions please visit our Calendar of Events. To see a complete list of speakers in the past three years visit our speaker's page.