The Barry County Chamber of Commerce hosts a series of programs and events that are meant to enhance our membership and our community. These programs offer our members an opportunity to get to know each other face-to-face, to develop relationships, and create business connectivity.
The Chamber is proud to offer the ATHENA Leadership program and our shop local/buy local gift certificate program, Barry Bucks. The ATHENA program recognizes and builds leadership skills in women throughout the year and culminates with an annual award recipient being recognized at the Chamber Annual Dinner. The Barry Bucks program is our highly successful shop local/buy local gift certificate program, which to date, has kept over $376,000 in Barry County!
Our monthly networking event, Business After Hours, allows members to meet one another, expand their networks, and learn about other Chamber member businesses. Chamber Tech-Talks are monthly educational workshops that are meant to teach our members about current technology trends that may impact their business. Quarterly Legislative Luncheons allow Chamber and community members to meet with elected officials to discuss current legislation impacting the business community in Barry County.
Annual Chamber events include the Golf Open and the Chamber Annual Dinner. The Chamber Open is held in May or June, and is the Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser. It is also a great day of casual fun in which our members are able to relax while engaging in friendly competition on the greens!
The Chamber Annual Dinner is held every year in January to celebrate the achievements of the previous year. The Chamber Annual Dinner is meant to showcase the amazing accomplishments of our members. Recognition and achievement awards are the highlight of the night, as various members are honored for their contribution to Barry County. Recognitions include the Brick Award, the Distinctive Destination Award, Member Choice Award for Excellent Customer Service, ATHENA Young Professional & ATHENA Leadership Awards, and the (NEW) ROTH Award for Outstanding Business Professionals.