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Thursday, March 2, 2017

From the President’s Desk: March Matchmaking Madness Is Back!

Dear Chamber Members and Friends:

The phrase “networking” has been watered down to the point it can mean almost anything. But not at the Chicagoland Chamber.  The Chamber takes pride in creating platforms for business network-building that are predictable–seriously predictable.  This is not to say you won’t meet new people, and a diverse array of them, at our business events.  You will.  And you’ll have fun while you’re at it.  But the people you meet are certain to be serious in their intent to find new connections toward growth, and to help others thrive as well.

The Chamber has designed a month-long series of network-building opportunities around the concept of “intentional networking.”  The idea is for us, and you, to be thoughtful about who can benefit from meeting one another.  Then we make the introductions happen.  In some cases, members get to choose who they meet.  In others, the Chamber finds places where members have commonality and complementary qualities and helps point them out.

Our name for this series of events is March Matchmaking Madness. Our members had great success with it last year, so we put it together for a second year to create new opportunities for Chamber members at every membership investment level.

Beginning March 9 with a Blackhawks pre-game at the Bottom Lounge, March Matchmaking Madness will feature events all month.  Among the others are a Premier Luncheon at Gibson’s, a “Business After Business” get-together on the floor of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, and an international agribusiness luncheon at The Gage in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ireland.

Our “Intentional Networking” will be a part of each event. We hope you’ll join us this March to leverage the power of the Chamber’s unparalleled network.

Click here to see the full lineup of March Matchmaking Madness events.


Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

An Evening with the Chicago Blackhawks

March 9 | 5:30 – 10:00 PM

Category: Networking

Break the ice with potential clients and make new connections during a networking reception at the West Loop’s most popular rock bar Bottom Lounge before heading to the United Center to watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks.

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Business After Business at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Tuesday, March 21 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Category: Networking

Get an early preview of spring at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show! Join us for a fragrant night of expanded networking with other neighborhood associations, chambers and business groups.

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Own Your Career | Prioritize Your Professional Growth

March 30 | 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Category: Emerging Leaders Chicago

  • How do you prioritize professional development when bogged down with your workday  responsibilities?
    • Whether you’re new to the working environment or looking to brush up on your networking and business development skills, this event will feature something for you.
    • Discover common mistakes in networking and how to structure conversations that result in valuable personal and professional introductions.
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March 30 event

2017 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award | Kickoff Reception

April 12 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Category: Small Business

Applications are open through March 17th for our Annual James Tyree Award, which gives $50,000 to a high-growth entrepreneur with a demonstrated commitment to philanthropic values.

At this event, you’ll hear live pitches from 12 semi-finalists who display their passion and vision for their emerging businesses.

A panel of former Tyree Award winners and finalists will serve as Shark Tank-style judges while YOU, the audience, decides the top 6 businesses to advance to the next round of judging.

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Outbound Trade Mission to ANTAD/Alimentaria Trade Show Global Food Challenges | Innovative Irish Solutions - March 13th! The Exchange 2017
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Agribusiness is one of Chicago’s largest economic sectors and we have a global connection for our members. Join the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on an agribusiness trade mission to Expo ANTAD/Alimentaria in Guadalajara, Mexico. This March, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ireland, the Chamber is excited to explore Ireland’s innovations, R&D and best practices around agribusiness and celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season with a business luncheon. Chicagoland's largest networking event this year is at Soldier Field. The Exchange 2017 provides networking opportunities and a trade-show floor that are second to none, with more than 700 professionals and 100 exhibitors from all industries in attendance. Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of the fun.

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