Chamber Events Include Visit From Transportation Secretary, Small Business Day on Beacon Hill & More

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The Charles River Regional Chamber has plenty going on this spring, including a talk with the Transportation Secretary, a young professionals group, Small Business Day at the State House and an LGBTQIA+ Happy Hour.

See the information provided by the Chamber below:

Addressing our transportation challenges: A conversation with MassDOT Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt

Tues. May 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Bond Street, Watertown
$10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

It’s not possible to meet our region’s housing, climate, and workforce challenges without a safe, reliable, and accessible transportation system that meets the needs of all users whether they walk, bike, take public transit, or drive. Join us for a conversation with Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Monica Tibbits-Nutt for an overview of the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s plans for improving the state’s transportation system and the role we all must play in supporting this effort.

9:30 a.m.: Registration and Networking

10 a.m.: A Conversation with Secretary Tibbits-Nutt

Tickets are nonrefundable but may be transferred to another guest. 


LGBTQIA+ Happy Hour at Flora’s Wine Bar

Wed. April 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
1284 Washington St, West Newton
Free, open to members & nonmembers

We’re returning for another evening of networking for LGBTQIA+ professionals! Join us at Flora’s Wine Bar in West Newton to connect with the community and grow your professional network.Event is free and open to members and nonmembers (invite your friends and colleagues!) Complimentary apps. Cash bar.*Registrations help our hosts plan but are not required.


Young Professionals Group

Networking Lunch at Moldova Restaurant
Thurs. April 25, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
344 Watertown Street, Newton
$30, open to members and nonmembers ages 21-40, advanced RSVP required.

Join the chamber’s young professionals group for our first-ever lunchtime networking event. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch prepared by our hosts at Moldova Restaurant while engaging in conversation with fellow young professionals (ages 21-40) from throughout our region.

Networking and registration start at 11:30, lunch served noon to 1 p.m. 100% of the event fee goes to our hosts at Moldova for food, staff, tax, and tip.


Coffee Connect at E.A. Davis

Fri. April 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
E.A. Davis & Co by MAHI GOLD Outfitters
579 Washington St, Wellesley
Free, open to chamber members & those interested in learning more about becoming a member.

Join us in Wellesley for the first Coffee Connect of Spring! Enjoy some morning conversations over coffee and fashion as E.A. Davis opens their store early for our signature morning networking series.Coffee Connects are hosted by chamber member businesses throughout our four communities, typically draw upwards of 70 local professionals, and are open to members and those interested in learning more about becoming a member. Attending is a great way to make lots of new connections and get to know the chamber, our members, and our programs. The event is free and preregistration is requested (plus as an exclusive member benefit, chamber members can preview the RSVP list before the event.)


NEW EVENT: Arts & Networking at the Davis Museum

Wed. May 1, 3 to 5 p.m.
106 Central Street, Wellesley College
Free, open to all

Join the chamber’s Arts & Culture Committee and DEI Networking Group at the Davis Museum on the Wellesley College campus to build connections with other professionals of color and those in the arts & culture sphere, while experiencing and exploring the art of Lorraine O’Grady.

“Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And” is the first major career survey of the acclaimed artist’s work. Over four decades O’Grady has probed issues of race, class, and gender through performance art, collage, photo installation, video, and text.“Both/And” is on view at the Davis through June 2. Photo: Joel Haskell


Small Business Day on Beacon Hill

May 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston
Free, RSVP requested

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts, National Federation of Independent Businesses and Massachusetts Restaurant Association are once again co-hosting Small Business Day on Beacon Hill at the State House.

This year’s program will stress the importance of meeting with your legislators in the State House to tell them, face to face, how their policies have a real-world impact on your small business. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to be a part of the solution


  • Labor shortages vs. the bills allowing more time away from the workplace.
  • Unemployment Insurance … a $2.7 billion problem and rising.
  • The high cost of offering health insurance.
  • The expense of creating a new job due to rising wages and mandates.
  • From 34th to 46th, why Massachusetts is losing tax competitiveness. 


50th Annual Theodore D. Mann Newton Mayor’s Community Breakfast

Wed. May 22, 7 to 9:30 a.m.
UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus, 100 Carlson Ave, Newton
$40 Single Ticket, $320 Table of Eight

Join Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, the Harmony Foundation, the Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, and other event partners for the 50th annual Newton Mayor’s Community Breakfast, which will be held under a big tent facing Shaw Hall on the UMass Amherst’s Mt. Ida Campus.

This annual gathering brings together residents, clergy business leaders, public officials, and community organizations.

This event is organized by the Harmony Foundation, the Charles River Regional Chamber is assisting with event registration.


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