Connect at Lunch
1st Wednesday of every month. This is a great way to build your network in a comfortable, relaxed environment. You have to eat lunch anyway, so why not make some new friends and business contacts while you’re at it? This event moves to a different restaurant each month, giving us the opportunity to support and experience a variety of locations owned by fellow Chamber members. There is no cost to participate in Connect at Lunch, except what you pay for your lunch.
Lunch & Learn
2nd Wednesday of the month, quartely. This is a great opportunity to learn something, with a little networking on the side. Past seminars have included marketing tips, how to get government contracts, and taking charge of your investments. Check out “Upcoming Events” (scrolling to the left of this text) to see what we’ve got coming up and to register.
3rd Thursday of every month (with a couple of exceptions). Salinas is a town built upon relationships, and many of those relationships start at the Chamber’s Networking Mixers. The atmosphere is laid-back and mellow, so if you’re not comfortable with the whole “networking” thing, you should try ours out. We have an active volunteer group (the Ambassadors) who make you feel welcome and who connect you with people who can help you achieve your goals. Sometimes, we hold Joint Mixers in conjunction with other local Chambers of Commerce. Again, check out “Upcoming Events” to see where the next mixer will be.
Annual Awards Luncheon
Held in February, the Annual Awards Luncheon is the Salinas Valley Chamber's largest annual event, with over 500 attendees. In addition to our recognizing standout businesses and individuals in our community, it's a premier networking event because 'everyone goes.' This event always sells out, so you're wise for booking early! The luncheon also serves as our Annual Membership Meeting, where you will be introduced to Chamber staff and our Board of Directors.
Community Leaders Roast
This posh event takes place at Corral de Tierra Country Club in October. At this irreverent dinner, we take a respected community leader and invite their friends and others to “roast” them. Humor is guaranteed…we encourage the roasters to go right up to the line, but hopefully not cross it TOO far! Past “honorees” include Don Chapin, Joanne Taylor Johnson, Sam Linder, Harry Wardwell, Jim Gattis and most recently, Shirley Lavorato.