An SOS for SOS!


The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 46th Annual Start of Summer. This wonderful event runs June 13-15 and is a community favorite! SOS features food, arts & crafts, parade, children's activities, live music and entertainment, waterball, beer tents, fireworks and a carnival! Not only is this a wonderful celebration for the community, it is also the Chamber's largest fundraiser for the year. The Chamber is looking for help in defraying some of the costs of entertainment, fireworks, and cleaning up … [Read more...]

EXPO FREE trip winner!


The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winner of the free trip to Cancun Mexico! The all-inclusive trip was given away during the Chamber's 10th annual Community EXPO! The trip was made available complements of Apple Vacations and Riu Hotels & Resorts. The Chamber worked closely with member Antor Travel to be able to offer this wonderful trip. There were ten finalists vying for the grand prize and Ryan Martin picked the lucky envelope. Ryan Martin, and guest, will enjoy a wonderful stay at … [Read more...]

Grand Carriages make for a grand holiday tradition

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It is that time of year. A time when you should stop the crazy, hectic world and reflect on family and those wonderful holiday traditions that make you feel connected. Rockford's holiday carriage rides have become one of those traditions for many area families. Picture it. You are standing in downtown Rockford and giant snowflakes are falling from an inky sky that is dotted with thousands of glittering stars, your warm breath being marked by the cold night air. All around you the decorations of the season are letting … [Read more...]

EXPO slated for March 15

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Download brochure here. Download "How to make the most of your EXPO Investment" here. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating its 10th Annual Community EXPO in 2014! The date is fast approaching with plenty of excitement and entertainment for the attendees. The EXPO will again be featuring four $500 cash giveaways – a favorite among attendees. To celebrate 10 years, the EXPO Committee has decided to change a few things for this wonderful milestone. For this special celebration, EXPO will be … [Read more...]

Santa Parade Volunteers Needed!


Will you be an elf? We need help welcoming Santa to Rockford on Saturday, December 7, 2013. We always throw a big parade for him, but we are always concerned about the safety of the children who line the streets and while they are brimming with excitement to see the big guy in red, they also need to be kept back from the middle of the street.We need volunteers to line the streets for crowd control, a very important role in keeping the children away from the vehicles and candy that isn’t right near the edge. We are … [Read more...]

It is time to become politically active!


Without further ado, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce is announcing its return of Chamber University! Chamber U is a great way to learn and expand your base of knowledge. The final installment of Chamber U for 2013 is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 at Thought Design, located at 10 E. Bridge St. The class runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Class: How to become involved in the Political Process; Thought Design; Professor Dr. Michael Shibler Class Description: Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public … [Read more...]

Visit Field of Dreams during special event!


Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and non-members are invited to a special program/fundraiser Sept. 25 - "Building a Field of Dreams in Rockford - a Sneak Preview of the Art Van Sports Complex." Join us for this fun afternoon event that includes an exclusive shuttle bus tour of the championship-caliber baseball/softball complex by West Michigan Sports Commission President Mike Guswiler, followed by a baseball-themed happy hour at Rockford Brewing Company. Learn about the status of the construction project, the … [Read more...]

Rockford celebrates Heritage for first weekend of Harvest Festival


*See below for downloadable applications for events! The Rockford Chamber of Commerce invites you to harvest some family fun. The first installment of Harvest Fest, Heritage Weekend, will feature hayrides, scarecrow making, children’s activities, a craft fair, chili cook off, car show, a live and silent auction at the Rockford Area Museum, an entertainment tent and many other fall activities. The event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-29 and features a block-buster weekend of activities – both old … [Read more...]

Thought Design hosts Chamber University

Denise VanEck teaches the class about the brain and synapses.

The Chamber launched its first installment of it 2013 school year for Chamber University! Professor Denise VanEck took students on a walk through brain fitness. Twenty students learned plenty about how to get creative juices flowing, how to calm down in the middle of stress, and how important it is to keep the mind keen through mental exercise. You can read all about this great classroom experience here. … [Read more...]

Sweet Chocolat ~ May 3

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Sweet Chocolat will be appealing to peoples' fancies again in 2014! But, why wouldn't it? When you pair delicious chocolate with shopping, it is a match made in heaven. The Downtown Decadent Chocolate Stroll is going to be a wonderful addition to the HEART Business Association's Event Calendar. The event, takes place Saturday, May 3 from 1-6 p.m., showcases not only the downtown merchants, but also offers delicious chocolate at every participating merchant! The folks downtown have worked hard to make the evening an … [Read more...]