Annual Chamber Events
The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce proudly supports the following Events & Programs.
Business After Hours
IT’S BACK!! Business After Hours is a fun gathering that helps forge new business relationships and renew existing bonds in a relaxed, casual networking atmosphere. Business After Hours is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at local Chamber locations. Check our Community Calendar or the monthly Chamber Courier on our website to find locations.
We highly encourage everyone attending to wear a mask and practice social distancing. A sanitation station will be available.
Would you like to host a Business After Hours? Contact the Canton Chamber to get more information at 309-647-2677, Ext 3.
Community Work Day
The Business & Community Development Committee of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce partner with United Way for Spoon River Country and the Canton Rotary Club for our Annual Community Work Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021 9:00am-12:00pm. Rain Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021. We are looking for volunteers in the community to help with this project. Volunteers who participate will be assisting with projects at local non-profit agencies, our schools, and downtown Jones Park.
Chamber Golf Outing
The Annual Chamber Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, May 21 at WEE-MA-TUK Country Club. It features great golfing, prizes on every hole, food and fun for everyone. Lunch at 11:00 am, tee-off at noon. There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses in the area to participate in. Contact the Chamber office. Team registration is now open. Click on link above to get signed up today!
Sponsoring an event with the Chamber shows your support for our community. Some events have limited numbers. Sign up today by sending us an email on which sponsorship’s you would like to be a part of and the Chamber office will send you an invoice.
One way to make sure money stays in the community is through our Chamber Check program. Chamber Checks can be purchased in the Chamber office or MidAmerica National Bank and redeemed just like a check or cash at most Chamber member businesses. They are purchased as gifts, raffle prizes, employee of the month awards, thank you gifts, birthday, graduation, retirement, anniversaries, special occasions or just because. They can be purchased in denominations of $5, $10, and $20. This program has the potential to generate considerable local economic impact and reminds consumers to Shop Local!
The Shop Local campaign is a Canton Area Chamber of Commerce program administered by the Business & Community Development Committee to support local business. Spend it here! Keep it here!
Youth Leadership Academy
Canton Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing our students for the workforce and providing them with a mentor program opportunity! Offering workshops that cover real world business practices, job skills and soft skills through a partnership with Spoon River College Outreach and our Young Professionals Committee.
Would you be interested in becoming a sponsor of this amazing program? Contact the Canton Chamber to get more information at 309-647-2677.
Canton Cruise In
The Canton Cruise-In will be celebrating 30 years! In 2021 the Canton Cruise In will be held on Friday, June 18 from 4 to 8 pm. Come out and see over 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles spread out throughout downtown Canton. This is a great kick off to the Father’s day weekend, so treat Dad and the whole family to an amazing car show.
This year, masks will be required to be worn by those participating and attending the event and sanitation stations will be set up throughout the downtown. Please practice social distancing. Be on the look out for more information!
Taste of Canton
The Taste of Canton will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from Noon to 4:00 pm at Big Creek Park up on the North side.
Interested in being a sponsor of this event? Contact the Canton Chamber to get more information at 309-647-2677.
Women in Business
Ladies, join us for our Women in Business the first Friday of November from 8:00 – 9:30 am. Event usually includes a nice breakfast and an inspirational speaker to help you energize your professional career.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, it falls on November 28th. Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs, to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and strengthen our community.
Meet the Candidates
Meet the Candidates is an open forum that welcomes anyone to come and listen to those who are running for an office here in our city, county or state.
These forums usually happen in March and October during an election year at the Donaldson Center in Canton beginning at 6:30 pm.
The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual hosts an Annual Dinner & Awards each year. Its purpose is to celebrate, honor and thank the membership and honor the Annual Chamber Excellence award recipients. The 96th Annual Dinner & Awards will be on February 11. We are working on a Virtual meeting experience. Stay tuned!