The Lancaster Chamber offers 10 annual events that bring together business and community leaders to foster business relationships, enhance their professional and personal development, and gain insight into relevant and timely issues impacting the local business community. These events are fundraiser for the organization so that we can continue to develop and offer programming for Chamber members at reasonable costs.
The Chamber celebrates and honors Lancaster County's thriving agricultural community at the annual Ag Banquet. This event attracts an average of 600 attendees.
Business and community leaders hear how The Chamber has advanced the local business environment and impacted the community during the previous year. The upcoming Program for Action is also unveiled at this meeting, outlining how The Chamber will continue to work to build Lancaster County into a model of prosperity for 21st Century America.
As The Chamber's signature event, the Annual Dinner provides a unique forum for thousands of business and community leaders to share an evening of networking and business building. The event honors prominent members of Lancaster County's business community with the presentation of top awards. The evening culminates with a keynote address delivered by a well-known national or international figure. Past speakers have included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; former US President George W. Bush; Nobel Prize recipient, Muhammad Yunus; former US President, William Jefferson Clinton; former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani; and former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher
The Chamber's Business Expo is a one-day exhibition of more than 200 area companies showcasing their latest products and services to more than 1,000 business professionals. The Expo provides an important venue for exhibitors to showcase their products and services and for savvy professionals to conveniently and efficiently educate themselves about products available in the local marketplace prior to the purchasing phase.
Understanding the latest economic trends is vital to preparing a business for success. At the end of each year, The Chamber hosts the Economic Forecast Breakfast featuring financial insight for the year ahead from one of the financial industry's most respected economists.
This professional development event is chocked full of nationally recognized authors, business leaders and inspirational personalities. The simulcast affords hundreds of area business professionals, from CEOs to mid-management, the opportunity to hear from a multitude of speakers on a variety of topics: all presented in one place and on one day. Be a part of a powerful event shared with millions of viewers nationwide.
The Chamber's Annual Legislative Issues Forum features members of Lancaster County's delegation. They afford members one-on-one time with state legislators during a networking breakfast plus the opportunity to hear a panel discussion of the latest news from the state capitol.
The Membership Picnic draws a crowd of 800 business professionals each year, with 80% representing small to medium-size businesses. Chamber member companies are encouraged to invite their employees and use this picnic as though it were their own company picnic. All guests are invited to enjoy plenty of food and refreshments, musical entertainment and games and activities designed to foster networking.
A day of professional development designed specifically for women in business, the forum is highlighted by a keynote address from a regional and noteworthy businesswoman. Breakout sessions tailored to women in executive and mid-management to entry-level positions are also part of the forum.
While the style of the program and presenters may vary from year to year, this event is focused on both examining the current state of affairs in the County and taking a look into the future to determine how the business community can help Lancaster County become a model of prosperity.