Westfield Chamber of Commerce launches “Coffee with the Chamber”


By Anna Skinner

With monthly membership luncheons and All Business After Hours events, there are multiple ways for chamber members and others to get involved with the Westfield Chamber of Commerce.

However, President Jack Russell wanted to develop a casual program that would target members and non-members of the chamber. Cue Coffee with the Chamber, a casual meeting for chamber members and non-members that features speakers. The new program debuts next week from 8 to 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Union, 136 N. Union St.

“It’s a new morning program where we will discuss culture, social media and other aspects to support small businesses,” Russell said.

Speakers from the local and state level are sought, and coffee and food will be provided. The event is free for members and is $10 for non-members.

“It’s targeted towards everyone, for a business that their marketing staff is themselves or if they’re a small company that doesn’t have marketing and for owners to understand the power of social media and power of how import culture is,” Russell said. “Millennials are slowly becoming an important part of the workforce, and now millennials have a different perspective of how business works.”

Certain examples that may be highlighted in the meeting are Tinderbox and Fat Atom. Russell said, to begin, he plans on hosting Coffee with the Chamber quarterly on Tuesday mornings.

“Another important thing that we lacked at the chamber was an interaction with our restaurants, and I wanted to create a breakfast series,” he said. “We have a lot of businesses that serve lunch and dinner, so they can’t come to the luncheon or business after hours, and this will give us another program to attract the restaurant community and teach them about culture and social media and how to get their name out there in a growing community.”

For more, visit westfield-chamber.org.