Member Benefit Spotlight: Networking

Business owners and organizations know that one of the most valuable assets they can attain is a connection. The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce offers the ability to connect like-minded individuals through a variety of methods.

One of the most utilized methods is our quarterly networking events. Chamber members are invited to mingle and exchange information with other members in the community at a local establishment. These events can be held at a coffee shop in the morning before work, a bar for a post work happy hour or a restaurant. 

Attending the networking events is free for all members and prospective members but if anyone wants to get more out of the Chamber’s wide array of connections, sponsoring networking events is also an option. The most recent event was sponsored by Country Financial which allowed them to expand their business contacts. “The event allowed us the opportunity to meet several people and businesses in a short amount of time,” said Art Hayes, Country Financial Agency Manager. “These connections are with other businesses that I can help or could help me in the future. Overall, the happy hour was a positive event for us as a company and as individuals. The chamber has been very supportive and proactive in helping us establish a presence in Terre Haute.”

The networking events also offer positive interactions with the Chamber members that host them. Connie Wrin, owner and operator of The Verve, hosted the most recent event. “Thanks to the amazing people who work for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, we had a great attendance.” While The Verve has been a downtown Terre Haute staple for decades, the networking event served as a way for Wrin to introduce her business to new individuals. 

Another way the Chamber can connect members is through the various boards, committees and task forces that meet regularly at the Chamber’s downtown office. These groups are made up of community leaders, business owners and executives who set out to achieve a wide variety of the community’s goals. 

“While the goal of many of our task forces or committees is helping the community, it’s also an opportunity to help yourself through networking,” said Josh Alsip, Director of Community Engagement. “If your business or organization is successful it’s a win for the whole community, so offering the ability to make connections is a vital part of how membership can make a positive impact.”

If you are interested in networking through the Chamber or becoming a member, contact Membership and Programs Coordinator Lindsey English at or calling 812-232-2391.