How to Get Involved
Please contact the Chamber at (217) 345-7041 if you are interested in being involved in anyway!


These volunteers are the Chamber’s primary liaisons to membership. They play a vital role in member retention, recruitment and communication. Being a Diplomat provides the volunteer with extended business contacts through active association with other volunteers and members, regular monthly meetings with other Diplomats and Chamber staff, and professional and community recognition for both the volunteers and their firms. The group meets from 12:00 noon to 1 PM on the third Thursday of every month.

Business Before/After Hours

These events provide members with the opportunity to network with other members of the business community in an informal social atmosphere. After Hours are held from 5 to 7 PM and a different business hosts each time.  Before Hours are held from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.

Business Open House

A special event hosted by member businesses, which allows clients, friends, members, and the public the opportunity to ask questions and discover what each business is all about.

Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Held each January, the Annual Dinner gives members the opportunity to network on a grand scale. This gala event includes a silent auction which showcases member products and services and the announcement of the Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Diplomat of the Year.

Tour de Charleston

This annual bike race promotes the biking community that Charleston has come to be. It is held on the first Saturday of June each year. Sponsorships at a variety of levels are available as a way to promote your business throughout the day.

Seminars & Workshops

Special guest speakers are scheduled to provide information on timely topics and issues of importance to the business community.