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Program and Event Overview

The Chamber invites you and your employees to take advantage of the variety of programs & events that offer valuable networking and educational opportunities for everyone:

» Annual Dinner {with a twist} & Business Expo | The Chamber's premier annual event, attracting nearly 500 attendees each year, the Annual Dinner is a celebration of the successes of our member businesses and organizations. The evening begins with a networking reception and Business Expo, where 50 member businesses present their products and services in a showcase style setting. In 2010, the Chamber responded to our membership's requests to build relationships and focused the event on networking. Guests enjoyed a variety of culinary food stations and made valuable connections throughout the evening.

» Business After Hours | Held at different member locations, these special after-hour networking events offer great opportunities to make those important business connections with a variety of regional professionals.

» Golf Classic | A day on the links that mixes a top notch round of golf with valuable networking opportunities, all on the picturesque and professionally-rated greens of The Country Club of Troy. The event culminates with dinner and drinks in the clubhouse. A day of clubs, carts, and connections you don't want to miss! The Annual Golf Classic for 2015 will be held on Monday, August 17, 2015.

» Member Orientations | Great for new Chamber members, new employees, or for those who want a refresher on how to make the most of their membership, these informal breakfasts present an overview of your membership. From health insurance to networking opportunities, we cover everything you need to know about the value of your membership.

» Monthly Breakfasts | Cutting edge topics, professional guest speakers and the opportunity to learn about a range of business and civic issues, make the Chamber's monthly breakfast programs a must for every business and organization. These popular events attract an average of 150 regional professionals and feature a variety of diverse speakers and topics. Recent speakers include Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino and other elected officials, economic development professionals, technology and education experts, and many other regionally and nationally recognized professionals.

» NetworkingPlus Series | Networking is the number one reason why businesses join the Chamber. The Chamber's Networking Series is a combination of exciting, fast-paced breakfast and luncheon programs with a focus on getting connected, developing leads and building relationships with a variety of business professionals from across the Tech Valley region. In 2010, the Chamber enhanced the networking series to guarantee maximum exposure and quality contacts for your business. Updated features include a fun, table rotation, the incorporation of technology such as LinkedIn, ambassador committee members to facilitate networking and much more.

» Quarterly Workshops | These training workshops cover a variety of topics, such as sales training, public relations, marketing, human resources, fraud prevention, team building and much more. Featuring top industry professionals, the focus is on providing Chamber members with effective, affordable training.

» Tech Valley Series for Empowerment | The Tech Valley Series for Empowerment is an annual year-long series aimed at finding solutions to challenges faced by professionals in the Capital Region. We are providing an opportunity to learn from peers and tap into the the diverse leadership that is driving our region's economy. By fostering candid, solutions-based conversations, providing an open platform for professionals to discuss and share experiences, this series equips professionals with the tools necessary to expand their roles beyond traditional boundaries. The annual series aims to be the region’s go-to resource for both men and women to discover how together, we can strengthen our entire business community by empowering one another to succeed. Visit our online calendar for Tech Valley Series for Empowerment events in 2015.

» Troy Victorian Stroll | The Victorian Stroll is an outstanding holiday tradition which attracts nearly 25,000 visitors from all around the Northeast. The Stroll features music, performances, family activities, shopping, dining and more, all set in the Victorian splendor of historic downtown Troy. Event highlights include live musical performances at the world-renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, activities at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, and the annual Van Rensselaer Garden Club's Greens Show at the Rensselaer County Historical Society. For more information, please visit victorianstroll.com.

» Van Rensselaer Awards Dinner | This popular annual event is a forum for the presentation of the prestigious Van Rensselaer Corporate and Small Business Awards and the Edward H. Pattison Award, which provide the Chamber with the opportunity to publicly recognize outstanding examples of citizenship.

  • The Van Rensselaer Awards | Awarded annually to businesses that have shown outstanding activity in civic and community organizations, enhancing the quality of life for people in the Rensselaer Gateway communities. The 2013 Corporate Award recipient was National Grid, and the 2013 Small Business Award recipient was Gettysburg FlagWorks, Inc.
  • The Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award | Known as "The Ebbie," this award is given annually to an individual who displays exemplary dedication to improving the lives of others. Eileen C. Bagnoli, retired president and CEO of Pioneer Bank was the 2014 award recipient for exemplary commitment to improving the lives of individuals through community involvement.