The Tampa Bay metropolitan area is a vibrant job market, and the Chamber of Commerce is devoted to helping its members expand their network and gain a competitive edge. To this end, the Chamber organizes several monthly networking events, ranging from small gatherings to large conventions. These events provide an invaluable opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with influential opinion leaders, collaborate with larger companies, and promote their business to other members of the Chamber. The Alt Summit is one of the most sought-after conventions in the area.
It offers a variety of panels hosted by today's most influential thought leaders, as well as the chance for smaller entrepreneurs to introduce themselves to larger companies for potential paid collaborations. For those looking for more regular networking opportunities, the Classic Babe membership provides guaranteed monthly in-person events in Tampa. The Chamber also hosts off-business meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at alternate partner companies in the Upper Tampa Bay region. These meetings offer a chance to meet other business owners, exchange business cards, relax with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres during “happy hour”, and promote your business individually to other members of the Chamber. Additionally, Chamber meetings, trade shows, committees, and special events such as Oldsmar Days & Nights and Oktoberfest are excellent opportunities to meet, network and build relationships with business owners, community leaders, and the general public.