Chamber Events and Programs

Event and Program Descriptions

The Union County Chamber strives to be a valuable resource for all business types and sizes. We try to have events that suit all levels within a business and have formed partnerships where possible to offer our members free to reasonably priced opportunities for personal and professional growth. We look at our programing as evolving so if you have an idea for a program please feel free to contact us a anytime.

To sponsor an event or to advertise in our publications, please contact the Chamber by calling 704-289-4567 to be directed to the appropriate team member.

Annual Golf Classic

In the spring, members enjoy a relaxing day of golf while networking with clients, friends and sponsors. The Chamber’s golf tournament is a captain’s choice format with approximately 100 golfers during a one-day tournament held at a member golf course each year.

Annual Red Carpet Gala

The Annual Gala, held the first Thursday in December, is considered the Chamber’s annual meeting.  During the event, the Chamber presents its annual awards to distinguished members, recognizes members who have volunteered throughout the year, and presents the annual Excellence in Business Awards.  It is the premiere event of the year.

Business Networking Luncheons

These monthly luncheons are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, featuring an educational opportunity designed to assist Chamber members and their employees by enhancing their skills in areas such as Sales & Marketing, Public Relations, Business Etiquette, Image Branding and Effective Networking, and more! New Chamber members are introduced each month, and all attendees enjoy the time of fellowship and networking with fellow members and attendees.

Connections After Five

These after business hours networking events, hosted by sponsoring members, provide a casual setting for making new connections and catching up on friendships, as well as the opportunity for the hosting member to share and educate attendees about their businesses.

Environmental Health & Safety Breakfast

Held quarterly, these breakfasts bring speakers to address environmental, health and safety issues affecting chamber member businesses.  

Environmental Health & Safety Roundtable

This invitation only program was developed to meet the specific needs of EHS professionals in Union County by providing opportunities to network with other EHS professionals, benchmark and share best practices.  In addition, the group brings important information to the community to share with other businesses.  

Leadership Union

Leadership Union operates an annual, 10 month leadership development program in which the participants meet with community leaders, explore key issues impacting our region, receive leadership training, and undertake class service projects. For more information, visit our Leadership Union Page.

Let’s Do Lunch!

As part of the Shop Union County program, each month the Chamber partners with a Chamber-member eatery to invite members to have lunch – no formal program or agenda. This is an informal way to network with other members and to support a local Chamber-member restaurant.

Make it In Union County Manufacturer’s Awareness Showcase

An opportunity for chamber members, students, and the general public to learn about manufacturing and to meet manufacturers in Union County.

Make it In Union County Manufacturer’s Celebration Breakfast

This special event celebrates the benefits of manufacturing in Union County. Manufacturers are recognized for their contributions to our community through the jobs they create, the infrastructure supported by the taxes they pay, and the thousands of volunteer hours and dollars they contribute to local nonprofits. 

Make it in Union County Manufacturer’s Executive Roundtable

This invitation only program provides executives from Union County manufacturers the opportunity to connect in an informal setting to network, share best practices, benchmark, and promote ethical leadership, sustainability, and social responsibility.  

New Member Orientation

Held once a month, the New Members Orientations provide an opportunity for new members to learn about all the opportunities the Chamber offers.

Public Policy Luncheon

Periodic luncheons featuring speakers who present local, state, or national public policy topics that impact business in Union County and the surrounding region.

Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings

Members with new facilities, new ownership, or breaking ground on a property receive the royal treatment from Chamber Ambassadors, Board Members, and staff as the ceremonial “cutting of the ribbon” or “turning of the dirt” takes place.  These events provide free promotion, great photo opportunities, and are included in the Chamber’s e-Calendar and social media sites.

Small Business Breakfasts

Periodic breakfast events feature speakers who present information targeted to small business owners.  In celebration of National Small Business Week, the chamber hosts an exclusive invitation-only breakfast to celebrate the contributions of small businesses to our community.

Small Business Summits

Periodic evening events designed to connect small business owners with organizations that provide free or low-cost resources to small business owners.  These events are held in various locations throughout the County to reach small business owners in their communities.

Union County Business EXPO

This event is hosted annually to bring awareness to residents of Union County of the many businesses and services available to them.  Chamber members set up table top booths, share their business information, and meet and greet with members, guests, and the public.  

Union County Safety Awards Luncheon

Each year, Union County manufacturers are recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor for their stellar work in maintaining safe work environments. The NC Commissioner of Labor and their staff attend the event and present the awards at this annual luncheon typically held in May. This extremely popular event typically attracts 150 attendees. The audience is made up of executives, plant managers, safety managers, and human resource directors from across all of Union County.  To view the most recent award recipients, visit this page

Union County Women in Business

This program is a networking and professional development program established by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of UCWIB is to provide a welcoming environment for women executives to cultivate relationships and build their networks.  UCWIB Members are Union County Chamber members whose unique abilities empower those whom they touch. They are dynamic women who together develop practical solutions based on innovative ideas woven with life experiences.  For more information, visit our Union County Women in Business Page.

Workforce Development Coalition

This invitation only program provides leaders from various organizations the opportunity to connect for the purpose of identifying and implementing proactive solutions to the workforce needs of businesses in Union County.  

Young Professionals of Union County

This program was developed to meet the specific needs of young professionals 21-39 years of age by providing development opportunities, opportunities to network with other young professionals, mentoring, and opportunities to serve the community as a group. For more information, visit our Young Professionals Page.

 

Please check the Chamber Calendar for more details on all of these events.