Greater Grays Harbor Programs
Greater Grays Harbor is dedicated to helping your business succeed. To that end, we have a number of programs for our members to participate in.
Where would we be without our ambassadors? A group of volunteer members, these stalwarts set up Greater Grays Harbor's monthly networking events, perform ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate new businesses and honor our Business of the Month. The ambassadors create goodwill wherever they go, and they are integral to Greater Grays Harbor.
Every month Greater Grays Harbor offers Business After Hours in partnership with a local business. Appetizers are served, prizes are distributed and local business leaders get to meet and greet in a relaxed setting. Generally 50 people or more will show up at these events, they’re just that popular.
Expo and Bite of Grays Harbor
Every March, Greater Grays Harbor hosts the largest trade show in the area, the EXPO Grays Harbor and Bite of Grays Harbor. It is the only trade show that connects local customers to local businesses. More than 100 businesses and restaurants take part in the event, which attracts thousands of Harborites. Food, prize drawings, entertainment, and more all make for a lively day of networking, meeting customers and chatting with your neighbors.
Shop Harbor First
Greater Grays Harbor promotes a 'Harbor First' mentality when it comes to doing business, and bears it out with our "Shop the Harbor First" program. We put out ads during the shopping season reminding people that when they shop, they should stop in our local retail establishments. We talk about it on local radio shows. We brand our stationary and promotional materials with a "Shop the Harbor First" logo. And our networking programs are especially intended to connect local businesses with each other for trade.
Harbor Young Professionals (HYPe)
HYPe, which stands for Harbor Young Professionals, was founded by three enterprising young women with Facebook accounts with little or no connection to the Chamber. Originally intended to give area young professionals a space to meet and greet and learn about local businesses, HYPe has now been taken under the umbrella of Greater Grays Harbor.
Now, the group is considered a talent pool for Greater Grays Harbor members, and HYPers can get professional development and marketing through GGH. At Greater Grays Harbor, we want our young talent to stay and flourish here. We see helping HYPe as part of that mission.