Gathering our Community
Signature Chamber Events
Chamber Hosted Events
We host annual signature events with the support of our local businesses. All events allow our members the opportunity to attend, sponsor, network, and have a good time. Events will follow COVID safety guidelines and restrictions that are applicable at the time.
JANUARY - NOVEMBER
Business After Hours
Business After Hours (BAH) are hosted at Chamber member locations the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (January – November) from 4:30–6:00 p.m.
One of the many benefits of being a Chamber member is the opportunity to network member-to-member. Many business deals have transpired because of the opportunity to interact, exchange information and develop professional relationships. BAH helps make the face-to-name connection while giving the opportunity to shake a fellow business representative’s hand in greeting.
Celebration of Leaders
Looking for old-fashioned winter fun? Head to Winterfest in Crosslake. A Lost Medallion Hunt, sledding, skating, an ice carousel, and horse-drawn wagon rides provide hours of fun. Stop in local businesses to warm up and get free soup as part of Soupfest.
Eggs & Issues
Bridges Career Day
Finding skilled workers is one of the toughest challenges facing our members today. Partnering with 28 regional high schools and dozens of Chamber members, we organize interactive business tours, classroom speakers, internships, and a variety of courses featuring real world experiences. With our flagship Career Exploration Day every March, we welcome more than 2,500 students to Central Lakes College for a spectacular learning event that helps students choose their career pathway.
Crosslake St. Patrick's Day
Crosslake Saint Patrick’s Shenanigans might just be the most fun you’ll ever have (well, without an actual parade). Gather your family and friends to take part in the Lucky Leprechaun Amazing Race! You’ll have 48 hours to visit businesses, answer trivia questions, take awesome pictures, funny videos and win fabulous prizes!
We’re encouraging businesses and residents to get your green on and decorate your businesses and homes! It just could earn you a Yardi Pardi trophy and bragging rights for the next 365 days! Let’s have some fun in Crosslake March 12-13, 2021.
MARCH / APRIL
Everything Expo (POSTPONED)
We’re partnering with Hubbard Radio to host the region’s largest trade show. This exciting 2-day event is open to Chamber members who want to exhibit their businesses to over 4,000 visitors. The Everything Expo is open to the public and has everything that you want, all in one place.
b2b Showcase - business made social
Let’s reconnect and do business at the NEW b2b Showcase, a special members only event in the spacious Cragun’s Sports Centre! Shine a spotlight on your business and show off your latest products and services. It’s time to get out and network again! Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar in a fun themed lounge area.
Take aim at the annual Chamber Sporting Clays event hosted at one of our local hunting preserves and gun clubs. Network with other Chamber members in a fun, competitive setting. Sign up as an individual or as a team.
Stars & Stripes Days
Celebrate our nation’s independence at the Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days. Trailside Park will be buzzing with food vendors, music, games, a parade, and fireworks. Spend 4th of July in Pequot Lakes.
BEAN HOLE DAYS
Join in the historic Bean Hole Days, which dates back to 1938. City bankers asked local farmers to come to town for the day, and they served the farmers beans that baked underground overnight. Today, Bean Hole Days is a reminder and celebration of the city’s history.
CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC
Enjoy a day on one of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s championship golf courses at the Annual Chamber Golf Classic. You’ll spend the day on the greens networking with your peers. The Golf Classic is a scramble format. No matter your skill level, you’re guaranteed to have fun.
Attend Crosslake Days the end of September for this fun family event. The crisp fall air is the perfect backdrop to cool the heat of the chili cook-off contest. You’ll find shopping deals from local businesses and other activities all around Crosslake.
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER
Celebration of Excellence
This annual event celebrates the accomplishments of the Leadership Experience graduating class, the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award recipient, the Business Excellence Award recipient, and the Business Legacy Award recipient. This is the Chamber’s biggest night and event highlight of the year.
The annual Business After Hours Holiday Extravaganza will get you in the holiday spirit at the beautifully decorated Town Hall at Madden’s Resort. Chamber members, you can showcase your business to over 450 attendees. The Holiday Extravaganza is open to the public and is the social event of the season.