Connection Events

What is a "connection event?"  It's any meeting of business members where the goal is to develop your network or build upon existing relationships.  The Salem Chamber has a variety of open and niche programs to meet your business needs or personal preferences.  Browse the events below, or view them all on our calendar.


Timely, entertaining and provocative, the Forums feature presentations by well-known, respected—and sometimes controversial—business and community leaders.

The series runs September through May and is held on the second Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.

Register below for the full season or for specific lunches.
Season schedule

Chamber Members: 2014-15 Forum Season Tickets are available now!
Purchase before September 1st and get the whole season (9 lunches) for $150 - a 15% discount.

The 2014-15 Forum Speaker Series will feature a more exciting line up than ever. Hear from people such as Todd Van Horne, global creative director for football and baseball at Nike; our local, Grammy-winning film composer Dave Metzger, who will share about his role in the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” from the Disney/Pixar movie Frozen; and international motivational speaker Lou Radja, who practices global citizenship while residing right here in Oregon. Join us for this and more by purchasing Season Tickets.

Get yours now online, or call us at 503-581-1466 for personal assistance.


Table Sponsorships
Personalize your experience at the Forum Lunches. Benefits include:
- 8 Season Tickets ($1,500 value)
- Use the season passes as you choose - invite clients, coworkers, colleagues, etc.
- Reserved table - your table will be in the same location at every lunch.
You choose the location (first come, first served).
- And more!
Purchase online or call Madeline at 503-581-1466 x303

Forum Fastpass

Single Forum tickets will now be available to purchase online prior to each lunch for $18 (a 10% discount). Just pre-print your admission pass or carry it on your smartphone for a fast, easy check-in.

To attend a single lunch, follow its registration link in the schedule below. Tickets will be available 90 days in advance of each Forum date.

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Greeters - Salem's Premier Networking Event

Greeters is the largest and most active business networking group in the Salem area. Attendance ranges from 125 to 175 participants each meeting. There’s no better way to make contacts, form professional relationships and get your products and services out in front of others.


Where is the next Greeters? Find out on Salem Chamber News & Weather [video] or our Calendar


Submit an announcement for the printed program


Held Fridays from 8:30 to 10am, members congregate at a different Chamber member’s location each meeting. Greeters is designed to maximize members’ networking opportunities with features like self-introductions, new member introductions, 2-minute testimonials, host interviews and printed announcements.


Lively and uplifting, attending Greeters keeps members connected to what’s going on in the Chamber business community and who’s new to the organization. Door prizes promote members’ businesses as well.


Hosting Greeters:

Any Chamber member whose place of business can accommodate 150-200 people seated, with additional space for registration and information, can host a Greeters meeting. Parking for 125 cars or more is required as well. If a member’s location cannot accommodate the group, the Chamber will secure an alternative location at no cost to the host. Hosts also provide coffee, juice and other appropriate breakfast beverages and items like fruits, pastries and donuts. The host is featured in an interview conducted by the Greeters chair.


Greeters Announcements:

The "Greeters Announcements" flyers are used by members to promote events, activities and new products and services. Announcements in 45 words or less can be e-mailed to greeters {at}, and announcement forms are available at the meetings or can be faxed by calling the Chamber office at 503-581-1466.


These guidelines are designed to make your Greeters experience positive and productive:


Self-introductions: Please limit self-introductions to your name, the name of your business and your special "tagline." Attendees are also asked to be appropriate and professional in their comments and to remain quiet and attentive and courteous while others have the floor. No announcements are allowed during self-introductions.


New Members: As a new member, you will be identified with a red dot on your name tag in order to help other Greeters identify new contacts to network with. Fill out a "New Member Card" at the door and give it to one of the Greeters Team members. All new members who fill out the card will be introduced and interviewed by the Greeters Chair.


Guests: Guests may attend Greeters twice before they join the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. All guests are asked to fill out a "Guest Card" and may be introduced by the member they attend with. Your name tag will be marked with a blue dot. Guests will not be interviewed and are asked not to make announcements about their business during self introductions.


Donations: Members are encouraged to donate $1 at the door in order to be eligible to win door prizes at the end of each Greeters meeting. This money is used for Holiday Food Baskets, Gift of the Heart, and other charitable functions of Greeters.


Door Prizes: Door prizes are a great way to promote your business. Please make sure your gift is valued at $10 or more. Coupons or gift certificates used for door prizes must not require purchase restrictions of any kind. Members are allowed to bring only one door prize each meeting.


Political Statements:  The Salem Chamber wants to keep Greeters a place where people feel free to enjoy what Greeters is all about - networking. Please keep personal political campaigns and slogans from becoming the focus when you are given the microphone for the purpose of your self-introduction.


Cell Phones & Pagers: Please use common courtesy regarding cell phones, radios and pagers during the meeting. In other words, turn them off!


Specific questions about Greeters? Contact Marla McColly, 503-581-1466 x310, Marla {at}

Connect for Lunch

One Good Connection Is Worth 1,000 Business Cards


Connect for Lunch

When you enroll in your Chamber's Connect 4 Lunch program, you will be invited each week to have lunch with three other business people. For a nominal fee — just a little more than what you'd leave for a tip — you can make up to 100 new personal connections over the course of a year: real connections that can lead to real results for your business.

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Chamber Business Women


If you're a woman doing business in Salem – Chamber Business Women (CBW) is for you! CBW is a networking, education and support group for professional women and women entrepreneurs.

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