Attending our Signature Events is a great way to meet the people you need to know and build your brand in Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes! Until such time that mass gatherings are safe and enjoyable, we're offering opportunities for you to be part of your favorite events and conversations online. We're bringing the people, the topics and the fun you expect to your computer or smartphone, so you can stay safe and stay in touch!
As guidelines around events continue to relax, we'll be offering more opportunities to mix and mingle in the ways you've missed.
When live events return to our calendar, we'll be creating more opportunities for volunteerism and enabling more opportunities for firms like yours to attend, advertise and underwrite the events you love (and miss dearly!)
As one of the region's largest and oldest Chambers, we're calling upon our legacy members more than ever for the strength, inspiration and commitment that will carry us all forward and upward.
Annual Membership Meeting
Our Annual Membership Meeting brings together professional and community leaders from all over the region to celebrate a successful year and share the chamber’s vision for the future. In addition to a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and a large silent auction, we present the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. This event is customarily the 5th Friday of the new year.
In 2021, we debuted our virtual event on Thursday evening, January 28.
Business Inspiration Awards
***In order to pay tribute to the firms and individuals who earned recognition through this year's Business Inspiration Awards process, we have once again transitioned to a virtual event.
Presented by Lyons National Bank, this year's virtual event we'll include congratulations from our board chair and comments from our keynote speaker, presenting sponsor, and the following honorees: Environmental Champion of the Year, Visionary of the Year, Corporate Humanitarian of the Year and Innovator of the Year. New for 2021, we'll also be recognizing the inspiring work of a minority- or woman-owned firm.
This event recognizes our 2021 honorees, welcomes our 2020 honorees, highlights milestone member businesses and enables viewers to comment and congratulate honorees in real time. Join us for the debut of this fun, free event and share it with friends and colleagues.
Canandaigua Chamber Golf Tournament
Our 49th annual tournament will not occur in 2020. After long and thoughtful conversations with our sponsors and long-time fans of the event, we made the decision to err on the side of caution. Be sure to budget now for your foursome in August of 2021!
Our annual Golf Tournament has grown to be one of the area’s largest! Friends, colleagues and golfers of all skill levels enjoy a day of networking on the links in August.
Major and Corporate Sponsors compete for the coveted Sheridan Corporate Cup. Those who’d rather not play in the tournament can support the Chamber's important work by mixing and mingling with friends at dinner.
Our 2020 tournament has been postponed until August 12, 2021.
Canandaigua ATHENA Leadership Awards
Canandaigua ATHENA Leadership Awards, first hosted in 1985, has grown to be one of Ontario County's largest awards events.
Nominees for ATHENA exemplify the highest level of professional excellence and exceptional leadership. They contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively mentors others, particularly women, in realizing their full potential. Nominees are honored at the ATHENA Leadership Awards Dinner each November, and recipients of the ATHENA Leadership and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Awards (nominees 40 and younger) are announced for the first time that evening.
The event is a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and Professional Women of the Finger Lakes. A portion of the proceeds fund college scholarships for local women.
Do you know someone who would be an excellent nominee? Click here to receive a nomination form when the next nomination process begins.
***For 2020, we hosted a retrospective social media campaign, honoring the 47 individuals honored during the program's 35 years of service to Canandaigua. We're already making plans for a gala in-person event, fall of 2021.
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