Networking opportunities, professional development, community involvement, recognition and regional exposure — whatever your plans dictate — you can launch them by attending Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce’s programs and events. We host annual, quarterly, and monthly programs and series to ensure you get the results you want and the tools you need to succeed. Look for your event calendars by mail, email and online.
An evening affair that will be recognizing the achievements of successful businesses, nonprofits, organizations and industry people in the greater Battle Creek area and the contributions they make to the growth and prosperity of the economy. The slate of awards for 2013 has been updated and will include: Start Up Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year (under 25 employees), Mid-Size Business of the Year (26-50 employees) and Large Business of the Year (51 + employees). This year we are also presenting the Harley Simmons Award, the Battle Creek Area Young Professionals “Battle Creek’s Future 15 Award”, Regional Health Alliance’s “Workplace Wellness Recognition Award”, Nonprofit Alliance at Kellogg Community College’s “Nonprofit Excellence Awards”, and the Urban League of Battle Creek’s “Randall Brock Memorial Award.”
During the event, the Military Affairs Committee will present the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Service Awards along with several other distinguished acknowledgements. We will also be presenting a Community Service Award to an individual who has provided outstanding service to our community.
Every month, the Chamber hosts an after-hours networking event designed for members to meet and build relationships with business people from small, mid-size and large Battle Creek Area companies and organizations representing a variety of industries. These events usually take place between 5:00 and 7:00 pm at various locations on Thursday’s.
A business blind date: exciting, open, and daring and without complications or uncontrolled risk. In this we gather 15 to 25 people at a hot spot to be surprised and inspired from each other. There are several starting points for these blind dates. Sign up for lunch and we will arrange for you to have lunch with potential new clients, friendships, board members or more.
These programs bring recognized speakers covering a broad range of business-related topics from economic trends and business success stories, to the latest management and leadership techniques to the podium here in Battle Creek. These unique opportunities are held at various locations.
These programs provide opportunities for members to meet, mingle, and do business with each other. The Chamber’s Eye Opener Breakfast program consists of informational speakers presenting on timely topics of interest to our business members as well as a business to business expo. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month (No July or December Eye Opener) from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Golf has always been known as the top sport for mixing business and pleasure. Playing a great round on the golf course with clients, coworkers and business leaders is an invaluable asset for men and women in business. An opportunity for you to build business relationships! Opportunities for face to face time with important clients, introducing yourself to competitors and possibly gaining a little name recognition if you play well. Expected golfers: 128 players
Begin your involvement with the Chamber by networking with other new members! Free for new members in good standing to attend (in first year of membership).
The Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce community will get the chance to mingle with political candidates and have their voices heard on several key issues less than a month prior to the November election. The format is that of an “old time” political rally and more than 200 Battle Creek area residents are expected to attend. A mock election will be held for those races with broad interest and participants will get a chance to vote on any statewide proposals. The Chamber will invite all candidates running to participate. Candidates will not give speeches during the event, but will be on hand to talk to voters. At the end of the evening, voting will be tabulated and announced. Cost is $5 at the door. Attendees can enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.
Who doesn't love a good Pub that serves some great Grub? This fun 4 hour event highlights some of Battle Creek’s best spots to grab a bite and a pint, and is a great way for tourists and locals alike to experience the city! Follow me as we hit the streets for a four hour pub & grub crawl. You'll get to sample some grub and hit up popular drinking spots in Battle Creek. Heck, you might even learn something you never knew about this great city. So bring your friends and enjoy Battle Creek’s best Pub & Grub Crawl! Limited tickets available.
A ribbon cutting is a great way to introduce your business to the community and your fellow Chamber members. It can be as simple, informal, extravagant or ceremonious as you want it to be. It's your event and should reflect your company's values and personality.
Golf with local law enforcement and business professionals. This is an opportunity for you to build relationships for your business. Expected golfers: 100 players
The purpose of the event was to give young people a taste of a future career in one of their interest areas, and for students to understand the steps needed to reach that career goal. Students from Battle Creek Central, Harper Creek, Lakeview, Pennfield, Calhoun Christian and St. Philip all participate in the day’s activities.
Find out more about the Chamber's great committees that put together our events.