• Official Chamber Events

  • Ribbon Cuttings and Mixers

    Ribbon Cuttings and Mixers can help promote your new membership, location, business milestone, new staff members, expansion or any other occasion of your choice. They’re also great opportunities to meet other business owners and members of the community.


    Cost: $350

    • Typically held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings
    • Includes ribbon and gold-plated oversize scissors
    • Marketing includes listings on MPCC’s web based event calendar, Chamber Connection e-Newsletter, social media and in ChamberLink in the Monterey Herald
    • Ambassadors, Board Members, community members and MPCC associates attend
    • A post-event photo and recap will be published in ChamberLink, posted on social media and featured in our Tuesday Chamber Connection e-Newsletter



    • Held once or twice a month, typically on Thursdays
    • Host provides food and refreshments
    • Entry fee is $10/member and $20/prospective member
    • Marketing includes listings on MPCC’s website event calendar, Tuesday’s Chamber Connection e-Newsletter, social media and published in ChamberLink
    • Ambassadors, Board Members, community members and MPCC associates attend
    • A post-event photo and recap will be published in ChamberLink, posted on social media and featured in our Tuesday Chamber Connection e-Newsletter


    Ribbon Cuttings and Mixers 101

    Who to invite?
    Customers, neighboring businesses, suppliers, prospects, personal friends and family and community leaders

    How to promote?
    Prepare an in-store flyer/announcement, promote on social media and/or send an email campaign to clients/customers; offer business card drawings and have collateral materials (business cards, brochures, flyers) available in various locations during the event

    Serve refreshments!
    Small bites and a variety of beverages are key. Prepare your own, hire a caterer or partner with a Chamber Member restaurant/caterer/winery for shared publicity. Offer alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, champagne) through a licensed outfit as well as non-alcoholic beverages (water, soft drinks, coffee, iced tea)

    Contact info@montereychamber.com or call (831) 648-5350 for more info

    Official Chamber Events


    Annual Membership Luncheon (January)

    Our Annual Membership Luncheon recognizes long-standing Chamber members for five or greater continuous years of membership (recognized in five-year increments), introduces the new Board of Directors and recognizes any retiring Board Members. Many businesses invite their employees to share in the recognition of their company and organization. This popular annual event is an effective venue to network with fellow members, potential customers and clients and community leaders.

    Annual Awards Dinner (March)

    This elegant annual event provides excellent exposure to a wide array of business and community leaders and to the community at large. Five community-wide Chamber Awards are presented each year: Citizen of the Year, Robert C. Littlefield Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service, Ruth Vreeland Public Official of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Business of the Year.

    Annual Business Excellence Awards Dinner (July)

    The Chamber’s annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA) Dinner increases public awareness of the vital role business plays on the Central Coast, and gives recognition to those businesses that have achieved excellence in their fields. 400-plus Peninsula business and community leaders attend to show their support for the local businesses that make up the backbone of our community. 2,000-plus votes are cast by Chamber members as well as the general public, and awards are presented to the top businesses in 16 categories.

    Annual Leadership Luncheon (September)

    Our Annual Leadership Luncheon gives community leaders, local business owners and engaged citizens an opportunity to gain further insight into the current business climate on the Monterey Peninsula. An impressive panel of federal, state and local elected officials cover topics such as: new projects taking place in their jurisdictions, new business coming to the region and important issues that have impact on the future viability of our local economy.


    Monterey Bay Business Expo (October)

    Our Monterey Bay Business Expo (MBBE) is designed to promote regional businesses and nonprofit organizations in the community in an effort to strengthen the local economy and encourage consumers to buy locally. This annual event is an opportunity for all businesses in the region to build brand awareness and to showcase and sell their products and/or services to the members of Monterey County’s largest Chamber as well as to the community at large. Local restaurants provide complimentary samples and local wineries provide tastings.

    New and Prospective Member Orientation

    Members of the Chamber Board of Directors make presentations on their particular areas of interests and answer relevant questions. These events are open to existing and new members as well as perspective members. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate leadership around the importance of building and communicating with the business community. It’s also a great way to stay on top of what’s going on in the Chamber.