By Veronica Christiansen, Peoria Chamber of Commerce

The Peoria Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of weekly events that are open to anyone to attend, not just its members. Here are several of our free events that get you out in the community and allow you to connect with local business leaders.

  1. Ribbon Cuttings
    Anyone can attend a ribbon cutting for free and it is a great way to network with a new business and meet other leaders in your area. Typically, at any ribbon cutting, you will meet the owners, directors, CEOs, or presidents of organizations that you might not typically meet after the grand opening. Peoria Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings also strive to have leaders in our community and chamber members in attendance to support a new member.
  2. Business Alliance Committee Meetings
    The Business Alliance helps local business owners access Peoria Chamber resources, develop customized content, programs, initiatives and events that help businesses grow and prosper. These meetings happen every Monday at 4 p.m. on Zoom and are open for anyone to attend.
  3. Military Affairs Committee
    The Military Affairs Committee serves the city of Peoria and the West Valley by assisting veteran-owned businesses, active duty, reserve, and national guard service members, future military service members, veterans and their families. This is achieved by focusing on advocacy, outreach, mentorship, building relationships, transition and hiring programs, and encouraging community involvement and development. This group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month.
  4. Women 4 Women networking group
    Looking to connect with other women in business? This group is a strong network of women who want to make a change in their community, be a support for each other, and be a voice for women-owned businesses. They meet every first and third Friday of the month both in person and on Zoom. It is free for Peoria Chamber members to attend or a small fee for non-members to attend.

Whether you are a business owner that is struggling to expand your networking circle, is looking to ways to get out in the community, or is seeking to make a change within the Peoria business community, these free events could be your first step to doing just that! It’s also a great way to see if an official membership might be right for you.

How do you make the most of attending our events? Register early, be open, and talk to those around you. Every meeting starts with a round of introductions so you will introduce and meet new contacts. Whether you are looking to meet people in person or over Zoom, we have a mix of both types of events.

Visit peoriachamber.com/events to learn more.