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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.


Thursday, February 1, 2024

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.

Nominations are now open.


Thursday, March 14, 2024

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!

Stay tuned as we firm up topics and speakers. Coming soon!


Thursday, October 3, 2024

Colors of Success DEI Leadership Award

2023 Colors of Success DEI Leadership Award brought to you by Greater Rochester Chamber will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the greater Rochester community with clear positive impacts as a result of these efforts.

Award Criteria:

The Colors of Success DEI Leadership Award, being introduced to our community by Greater Rochester Chamber, recognizes individuals who:

  • Demonstrates excellence in sustained efforts toward advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.
  • Directly contributes to DEI related programs, policies, or initiatives that positively impacts the status of a community issue/initiative.
  • Demonstrates commitment to coaching and/or mentoring others in the workplace, or in the community, as it relates to DEI.



July 2024 - TBD

Business Person of the Year Award

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and its Small Business Council affiliate, host the Business Person of the Year Award annually. This event has evolved into one of the premier networking and business recognition events in the Greater Rochester region.

For many past winners, this recognition has vaulted their companies to new levels of success! Candidates are nominated by their peers. An independent Selection Committee of local business leaders and advisors reviews applications and selects finalists in two categories:

(i) For-profit businesses with 50 employees or more

(ii) For-profit businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

One winner is chosen annually to receive the Award in each category.

Nominations will be made available in 2024.



Thursday, June 6, 2024

Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award

The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award honors young professionals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow.

Award Criteria:

The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award goes to one individual between the age of 21 – 40 years who exemplifies the following criteria:

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: Demonstrates excellence and leadership in their business or profession

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Gives back to the larger community by their contribution and/or support

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION: Awards/Honors received for their work and contribution to the greater Rochester business community



Thursday, May 2, 2024

ROC on Tech Conference

A technology event unlike anything the Greater Rochester community has ever seen, exploring the future of business, people, and technology. Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with our member technology companies, is proud to host the ROC on Tech conference. We aim to deliver thought-provoking tracks, and informative sessions to our attendees. We invite you to be inspired and challenged to see how the latest technology can elevate you and your organization.

This full-day technology conference is designed to create excitement around digital technology, introduce regional companies to the latest technologies concepts, and give them direction on what they should be doing to upgrade their businesses to thrive for the next generation.

Stay tuned for more details as they firm up.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Performance Excellence Awards

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and its Greater Rochester Quality Council (GRQC) affiliate, hosts the annual Performance Excellence Awards. The Performance Excellence Awards program helps organizations in all sectors of the economy gain valuable insights into strategic areas of their operations, connect with like-minded leaders in high performing organizations, and earn formal recognition for achieving excellence through continuous improvement methodologies.

Stay tuned for more details as they firm up.


Thursday, November 2, 2023

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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