GPCC Signature Events

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's "Signature" or annual events are cornerstone to its well-earned reputation for offering members the opportunity to hear first hand about key business issues from top decision makers; access to a broad and powerful knowledge base; learn successful business practices; and network with key business leaders.

Learn how you can sponsor one or all of these great events to complement your community outreach initiatives, reinforce your brand among many business and civic leaders and demonstrate support of the Chamber and its efforts. Contact Darlene Reza Rossi, vice president development & signature programs at

Legislative Lunch — February

Leaders from both the Rhode Island House and Senate take part in this interactive forum focused on the key legislative issues facing the state's business community. Upwards of 700 of the region's most prominent business leaders attend this annual event to understand the progress that our legislative body is making in addressing the concerns of both small and large businesses.

Congressional Breakfast — March

Over 500 of the region's most prominent business leaders attend to hear from Rhode Island's congressional delegation about the many critical issues facing the business community on a national level. Each Congressman is given time to brief guests on their priorities in Washington and answer questions that address Chamber concerns.

The Garage featuring the Economic Outlook Luncheon  — May

Drawing its name from the start-up ingenuity in Silicon Valley that led to the creation of companies like Apple, Google and others, The Garage is the place where the private sector creates a mash-up of all good things happening in the local business community. Revenue generating companies share their success stories and best practices in an effort to inspire, cross-pollinate and grow key economic sectors. Visit The Garage website for details at 

The Economic Outlook Luncheon kicks off The Garage event and welcomes more than 500 members and guests to listen to top Rhode Island business and civic leaders speak about their experiences and share insights into their success. This year's keynote speaker is Scott Donnelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Textron, Inc. Consistent with the theme of The Garage, where the power of a single idea can ultimately transform the world; Donnelly will be discussing the importance of product innovation at Textron businesses today.

The Garage featuring the Knowledge Economy Forum - October 23, 2014

This second installment of The 2014 Garage series will kick off with the annual Knowledge Economy Forum featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Atkinson, president and founder of The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation who will discuss his organization's 2014 New Economy Index. Following the Forum, The Garage "Strengthening the New Economy" Company Showcase will highlight Rhode Island companies that represent knowledge-based, innovative, globalized, entrepreneurial or IT driven industries – many of the categories in which Rhode Island made significant progress in this year's New Economy Index. The event will culminate with a Networking Reception offering attendees the opportunity to meet the presenters, make new connections and expand upon ideas heard at the afternoon sessions. Visit The Garage website for details at Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor.

Annual Meeting — November 24, 2014

One of the Chamber’s largest annual events, the Annual Meeting attracts upwards of 800 members and guests to hear about the Chamber’s advocacy initiatives and partnership efforts regarding economic development, job creation and effective public policies and government. Nationally recognized keynote speakers have included Steven Spinner, president and CEO, United Natural Foods Inc.; Michael Mahoney, president and chief executive officer, Boston Scientific Corporation; Paul Salem, senior managing director, Providence Equity; and Gail Boudreaux, president, UnitedHealthcare.

Quarterly Forums

Breakfast/Policy Forum

Staying on top of current issues is a competitive advantage to any business. The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast/Policy Forum, offered four times a year provides members the opportunity to hear about trends from experts on topics such as pension reform, workforce development, healthcare reform and cost containment, marketing and much more.

The Chamber Experience

The Chamber Experience is designed to foster dynamic and thoughtful dialogue between member constituents and key Chamber personnel and board members. We encourage attendance and participation from those individuals and organizations interested in learning more about the government affairs priorities and economic development agendas of the Chamber. The Chamber believes strongly that an informed and engaged business community will assist in strengthening its position on issues of relevance to the overall private sector.

The Inside Track

A showcase opportunity for Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) member businesses! At the GPCC we want to foster interesting conversations, “aha” moments and productive collaborations between our members. To do that, we host an engaging, dynamic program -- The Inside Track. The Inside Track is a simple presentation format, where member businesses display 20 images (each for 20 seconds, for a maximum of 7 minutes) that help portray how your business’ product lines and services address needs in the marketplace. Accompanied by live commentary, The Inside Track is a platform to tell your story, and inform attendees on the latest trends and offerings in your field. It's a concise, rapid-pace program that helps to promote your expertise within the RI business community. In addition to the presentations, The Inside Track will also include an educational component. A maximum of four presentations will be booked for each session, which will accompany a learning opportunity on a relevant topic. For more information, please contact Member Promotion at

Industry Exchange

Industry Exchange is a newly designed Chamber networking forum where individuals can come to dialogue and interface with a diverse audience of members. Through this forum the Chamber hopes to provide a consistent platform that will bring people together from various industry sectors for a time of networking, collaboration, sharing and referring. Come prepared to discuss and market your business and communicate what your needs are in the marketplace today.

Collaborations for Credit

GPCC has forged partnerships with organizations such as the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA) and the Rhode Island Society of Human Resource Managers (RI SHRM) to provide content rich programming, dynamic networking and professional development credit opportunities for participants of industry and topic specific forums.