|Thursday, March 16, 2017
From the President’s Desk: Sports Madness at the Chicagoland Chamber
Looking at my calendar for March, I can already see green grass, tan dirt, white chalk lines, and the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and White Sox putting runs on the board. Spring and a brand new baseball season are near.
And there’s more to look forward to. As the 2017 baseball season opens, the Blackhawks, Bulls AND Wolves are closing in on playoffs spots. Thanks to everyone who came out for our awesome annual Blackhawks event! Come June, the Sky will tip off a new season. Chicago is a year-round, “all-in” sports town. In addition to the players, championships and parades, we know our teams are a significant economic engine; it is estimated that baseball alone generates up to $9.4 million in direct spending per game.
The Chicagoland Chamber likes to celebrate its members, and this year we are celebrating “The Business of Sports” at our biggest networking event of the year, The Exchange, on Tuesday, April 25th at Soldier Field. Our professional sports members include the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Sky, and Wolves. Our sports broadcasters include 670 The Score and WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM, both of CBS Radio, and WGN Radio 720. We’ve invited the business side of sports to take part in a panel discussion about what makes Chicago such a great town for building a sports franchise and what it takes to run them as businesses. Laurence Holmes of 670 The Score will be the panel’s moderator.
More than 700 business professionals and 100 exhibitors, from across all industries, attend The Exchange. Details about tickets to browse the tradeshow floor, exhibit tables to show your product or service, and sponsorships that come with marketing packages can be seen here.
And in honor of the big college basketball tournament we’ve got our own March Matchmaking Madness networking events coming up. The first is a “Business After Business” meet-up at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier on Tuesday, March 21st. Then our quickly growing Emerging Leaders Chicago (EL Chicago) Group will get together for a professional development workshop, “Prioritize Your Professional Growth,” on Thursday, March 30th at the offices of Holland & Knight. The idea behind March Matchmaking Madness is “intentional networking,” where the Chamber helps members not only make connections, but make the exact right connections. It’s a conversation we want to always be having with you.
So what if it snowed this week? A new season is near. Let’s get ready to play ball and leverage every opportunity that comes with the games.
Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce