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Signature Events

Greater Rochester Chamber's singnature events are unique in-person community gatherings that celebrate and honor many different facets and individuals in the Greater Rochester business community. In addition to the charitable causes that we and our affiliates support, proceeds are reinvested into the work that Greater Rochester Chamber does to benefit all businesses and individuals in the Greater Rochester Community.

These elegant affairs often include live performances, heartfelt remarks, and a great party! Plus, it's a great way to meet and get your business in front of top decision-makers in the region.

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Thursday, February 13, 2025

ATHENA International Awards

The internationally-recognized ATHENA Award® Program was founded in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan by ATHENA International Founder Martha Mertz. The award was originally established to honor the achievements of exceptional women leaders. And more importantly, it was established to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and business lives.

Since 1982, more than 6,700 top leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award® in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

The ATHENA Award recognizes women who:

  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.
  • Provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Thursday, March 20, 2025

Women Empowering Women Half-Day Conference

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and its Women’s Council affiliate, hosts the 4th Annual Women Empowering Women half-day conference with an amazing group of professional women ready to continue making a change, especially in this new environment we are living in. Offering some honest answers (and solutions) about what’s facing professional women today. Attendees will walk away with key strategies and tangible takeaways designed to help them grow personally and professionally at whatever stage of career they are in or aspiring to be.

We encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues and make it a fun day all while maintaining relationships, creating new ones, and growing in your career. This is your opportunity to glean and learn from other women and what success looks like for you moving forward!

This event features a collaborative learning format without breakout sessions, ensuring that participants learn together and don't miss any sessions.

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Thursday, May 15, 2025

2025 Greater Rochester Chamber MWBE Awards and Monroe County MWBE Certification Celebration

To propel an environment of equitable economic growth and empowerment, Greater Rochester Chamber proudly presents the 2nd annual Greater Rochester Chamber MWBE Awards, in partnership with Insero & Co. CPAs, LLP. Our unwavering belief in extending avenues of economic progress to all employers, regardless of their background, is a key part of our mission.

The Greater Rochester Chamber MWBE Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of our region's fastest-growing minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), highlighting their ongoing success through growth rankings based on revenue increases, taking into account both percent increase and actual dollar amount. Eligible companies must be headquartered in the Greater Rochester area.


April 2025

Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award

The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award celebrates outstanding young leaders within the Greater Rochester community. These individuals embody the pinnacle of personal and professional achievement, excelling in their chosen fields, all while dedicating themselves to meaningful community engagement, and paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

We honor those who demonstrate unwavering excellence and leadership in their business or profession, who selflessly give back to the community through their contributions and support, and who have earned recognition for their outstanding work and contributions to the greater Rochester business community and shaping its future.

Stay tuned for information on the 2025 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award!


Thursday, September 26, 2024

Colors of Success Leadership Award

The Colors of Success Leadership Award, brought to the community by Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, celebrates individuals who have shown outstanding leadership in fostering a sense of belonging, ensuring economic fairness, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences in their workplace and the Greater Rochester community. This award recognizes those whose efforts have positively impacted the cultural and economic fabric of their environment and is awarded annually.

The Colors of Success Leadership Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in sustained efforts toward advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, directly contribute to programs that support the advancement of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and demonstrate commitment to mentoring diverse groups in the workplace and community.



Wednesday, November 6, 2024

Greater Rochester Chamber Top 100 Awards

Rochester has always been known as a region of innovation spurred by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In recognition of that spirit, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP are pleased to present the annual Rochester Chamber Top 100, a program that recognizes the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the Greater Rochester region.

To be eligible for the Greater Rochester Chamber Top 100, businesses must be privately held, headquartered in the nine-county Rochester region, and have earned at least $1 million in revenue in each of the three most recent fiscal years. The Greater Rochester Chamber Top 100 is computed based on revenue growth, taking into account both dollar and percentage growth.

This event, held at the Floreano Convention Center, is one of the most joyous and certainly the largest businesses celebration of the year with close to 1800 in attendance!

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