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Networking Opportunities


Our current portfolio of regular networking events includes:


BA5 - Business After 5

Generally held on the last Thursday of each month, these networking functions are held by a host company to which all chamber members and their staff are invited.

Behind the Scenes

Where members can host a smaller function and invite other chamber members to tour a business

Connect to your chamber network

A one-hour presentation which teaches you how to network. A popular session held regularly for you and your staff to enable you to make the most of the networking opportunities that you will come across.


Golf Tournaments

February - Dunedin Golf Tournament held at the Taieri Lakes Golf Club

September - The Otago Chamber of Commerce Alexandra Blossom Festival Tournament held at the Alexandra Golf Club


Home and Business Series

Networking  and presentations for SMEs who work from home, have smaller staff or who like to network in a smaller group. These functions are generally held mid morning or mid afternoon with relaxed discussion over tea and coffee.

Open All Hours

Held after hours in a member retail outlet, a host will introduce their business and invite members to view merchandise, take up discounts, special deals and door prizes on the night.



  • An owner of a restaurant 30 minutes from town went to a BA5 and swapped business cards with a number of people. Over the next three months he got eight group bookings averaging 12 people each from the people he met at the BA5.
  • A tyre salesman joined the Chamber and began to attend networking functions. The day after his first BA5, someone he met drove in with a Porsche 911 and bought four tyres at $900 each. In total he estimated he sold $5,000 worth of tyres to people he met in the first two months of membership.
  • A couple who owned a commercial cleaning firm went to a BA5 and got talking to an old school friend. The friend owned a large student residential complex and by the end of the evening the cleaners had secured the job of cleaning the whole complex at the end of the student year.
  • A graffiti removal specialist attended a BA5 wearing his franchise uniform and within 15 minutes of walking in was tapped on the shoulder by a building owner and asked to call in the next day for a job.