Event Sponsorship and Hosting

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Hosting and Sponsoring a successful Bethesda Chamber networking event consists of three key ingredients: 
  1. Host Provides location and setting the stage for a successful event.
  2. SponsorThe host/hostess of the event and guests. Sponsors provide information regarding their products and services to inform and educate attendees.
  3. Event Attendees: Decision makers, Board Members, administrators, service providers, chamber members and prospective members; people with whom you want to do business!

We regularly offer Three Networking Events

* Business Networking Breakfast       * Member Lunch       * Business After-Hours
  

While similar in networking opportunities they are different in style. 
Each offers time for the host and sponsor to speak. 
All attendees have a chance to win door prizes.

For the full Event Guidelines click here!

Power Networking Breakfast

  • Typically held on the first Thursday of the month, from 7:45 to 9:30.
  • Attendance ranges from 30 to 60 people.  
  • The emcee gives opening remarks and invites the host and sponsor to speak for 3 - 5 minutes. 
  • Formal networking rounds with emcee guiding three rounds
  • Drawing for door prizes.
  • Each month a different member serves as emcee - a great op for visibility! 
Host Offers
  • Large tables for 8 to 10 people
  • Buffet Breakfast for ease of Networking.
  • Two registration tables set up by the entrance
  • A microphone for your presentation to the attendees - Welcome, upcoming specials, parking deals, door prizes, etc.
Sponsor
  • Gets the opportunity to promote and market your business
  • Can offer Door prizes and/ or a gift for each attendee are recommended
  • Table space will be provided for you to display promotional literature.
  • Gets two complimentary breakfasts as a part of your sponsorship. Cost is $275.
Attendees
  • The early morning enthusiast who likes direct contact with potential clients
  • Loves to distribute business cards!
  • Collects business cards from others and follows up!

 

Monthly Member Lunch

  • Typically held on the third Thursday of the month, from 12 to 1:30pm.
  • Attendance is approximately 30 to 50 people
  • Attendees network at their lunch tables
  • Host and Sponsor give brief presentations while the food is being prepared
  • Door prizes and announcements are given at the end of the meal.
 The Host:
  • Please set two registration tables and one extra table that can be used for late arrivals. 
  • The event size and timing needs adequate wait staff numbers
  • Host presentation occurs while food is prepared
  • Menu should include no more than three entrees with a pre-set beverage
  • The Chamber will bring door prizes for the event or you may do so

 

The Sponsor: 

  • Talk about your business in a relaxed, casual setting
  • You get a display table and an opportunity to address the group
  • Have “more in-depth” conversation with those at your lunch table. 
  • A small gift or memento for each guest makes a lasting impression
  • Two complementary lunches are included in your sponsorship. Cost is $300.
 


Attendee: 

  • Enjoys eating and networking in a relaxed surrounding
  • Remembers Host and Sponsor gave them a great time!
  • Bring business cards, connect and follow-up
 






Business After-Hours

  • Typically held on the second Thursday of the month, from 5 to 6:30pm
  • A great opportunity to unwind, relax and meet new business contacts or connect with those you already know.  
  • An average of 60 to 80 people attendThe only set format offers brief remarks by the host and sponsor.

 

The Host: 
  • Provides adequate space for a large number of people to freely move about and network
  • Has easy access to happy hour beverage prices and service. 
  • There should be a few seats available, but the main group will stand. 
  • Registration tables at the entrance
  • You will have great op to address the crowd

 

 The Sponsor: 
  • This is a great opportunity to showcase your products and services
  • You have five minutes to address the crowd
  • Attendees enjoy casually networking with the sponsor. 
  • Invite your staff to “work the crowd” and make new business contacts. 
  • A give-away or door prize keeps your name remembered long after the event. Cost is $275.

 

Attendees: 

  • Enjoy a casual networking atmosphere
  • Bring lots of business cards to maximum networking visibility
  • Bring business cards, connect and follow-up
 





For more information about the Chamber’s events and to get placed on our events schedule, contact Gloria Arnold at garnold@bccchamber.org  or call 301-652-4900.