Looking Back at 2019
As 2019 draws to a close we just want to take a moment to thank each and every member and supporter for making the Chamber’s 99th year a great success.
2019 began in a memorable way, with the gas outage during which the Chamber worked with State and Federal officials to coordinate and share information to the local business community. It was a true test for our city by the sea and showed how our community can pull together during hard times. February we hosted Governor Gina Raimondo at our Politics & Pancakes event and it marked the end of an era with us shutting our doors at 35 Valley Road in preparation for the move to Innovate Newport. We were happy to host another successful Expo at Gurney’s in March which is our favorite event for local businesses to showcase their products and services (hint early registration for 2020 is open now)! On April Fool’s Day we were thrilled to move into our new office at Innovate Newport and in May, Connect Greater Newport, the Chamber’s economic development division, hosted the first business walk across the Greater Newport region.
June brought our Annual Golf Tournament at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club and our popular Women in Business Luncheon at Marble House. Summer arrived and for the 2nd year we welcomed interns from the Prepare RI program, announced new partnerships with the Center for Women & Enterprise & the U.S. Small Business Administration and we held a round-table with RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner! Among many of the important issues his office is working on, Treasurer Magaziner surprised us when he announced the Chamber had unclaimed property. Businesses and individuals can search the new database here.
We welcomed RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor to speak about Opportunity Zones during our September Economic Update Luncheon and have been happy to work with CommerceRI throughout 2019 on several initiatives.
October was a big moment for the Chamber when we unveiled our new logo and new name, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. Before we knew it, November had arrived, and we hosted our Annual Holiday’s by the Sea kick-off event and Press Conference and announced our window decorating competition for the local businesses. We laughed our way into December at our Annual Auction, Comedy & Cocktails Celebration and are plunging into the new year in by supporting our own Jo-Anne Gorton raise funds for A Wish Come True at the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day.
This is just a sampling of all we've accomplished in 2019. We couldn’t be more grateful to our members for all the support and participation throughout 2019 and are looking forward to 2020, the Chamber’s Centennial year!