Santa Cruz Area Chamber Business After Hours
Sponsoring a monthly Business After Hours with the Santa Cruz Area Chamber is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business, meet prospective clients, and build relationships with business people from small, mid-size, and large Santa Cruz county companies.
To be a Business After Hours Host you must be a Santa Cruz Area Chamber Member. You may co-host the mixer with another business, caterer, or winery that is not a member of the Chamber with approval from the Chamber. If you are not yet a member and would like to host a Business After Hours, please call us. We’d love to sign you up and may be able to help you increase the value of both your membership and the Business After Hours.
Business After Hours hosts are responsible for providing a non-alcoholic beverage and wine (additional beverages are optional), hot and/or cold hors d’oeuvres, and cups/glasses, ice, beverage openers, napkins, plates, and utensils as needed. Your location and parking lot should comfortably accommodate at least 100 people. For more information on Business After Hours, see the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce Operation Policies and Business After Hours Guidelines.
Business After Hours Request
Please complete and sign the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce Operation Policies and Business After Hours Guidelines form to apply to host a Santa Cruz Area Chamber Business After Hours. The Chamber holds only 12 Business After Hours each year so sponsorship of a Business After Hours is subject to availability. If a Business After Hours doesn't work out for your business, please contact us for other ways we can help promote your organization. Please contact Jodie Kench at the Chamber at (831) 457-3713 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Business After Hours. We will let you know if there is an opening in our mixer schedule for you.
Making the most of your Business After Hours
If you are selected to host a Chamber Business After Hours, your business should:
______a. Set goals for how many guests you'd like at the Business After Hours
______b. Develop a marketing plan to achieve those goals
______c. Develop invitations/announcements list
______d. Identify important event participants
______a. Decorations, food, drinks, marketing materials
______b. Invitations or flyers and/or advertising
______c. PR including press releases and local calendar listings
______d. Photographer, videographer
______e. Follow-up to event – optimize marketing
On the day of the event:
______a. Set-up business for the event
______b. Prepare your staff to make the most of guest interactions
______c. Support your vendors’ set-up (food, photos, etc.)
______d. Have a great time!
Please note: Any promotional materials must include the Chamber logo and be approved by the chamber before publishing.