Erie Regional Chamber Programming

The Erie Regional Chamber is fully invested in educating and supporting the business community through a variety of learning opportunities. The topics featured in these educational sessions are selected based on feedback from you, our member organizations, to ensure that we’re offering training that most aligns with your needs, challenges, and goals. If you have an idea for a seminar topic, please email Program Director, Amanda Kochirka at Check out the Erie Regional Chamber event calendar to learn about upcoming program dates.

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Erie Ambassadors

The Erie Ambassador program is designed to give community professionals a “behind the scenes” look at what’s taking place to move Erie forward. The 12-week course gives an inside look at numerous local organizations that play a significant role in Erie’s revitalization and resurgence. The program content is built around the Target Industry Analysis performed by Garner Economics and allows participants to hear directly from the source about the work happening in a variety of industries to position Erie for growth and prosperity into the future. Learn more about the Erie Ambassador program. 


Quarterly Programs:

Master Classes

These sessions allow small business owners to learn from topic experts about subjects that may seem simple on the surface but can be the source of major stumbling blocks for entire organizations or for an individual (i.e. networking, communication). The sessions are interactive and involve the opportunity to practice the skills being presented throughout the class – resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of the topic and an easier path forward for continued skill building upon completion of the class. 


ATHENA Speaks is a women's empowerment guest speaker series presented in partnership with ATHENA Erie. Women are changing the landscape in many organizations and their needs can be met through women leaders sharing and collaborating. ATHENA Erie and the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership have come together to collaborate on reaching the community of women and men who are ready to support and sustain these important changes. ATHENA Speaks is intended to develop, support, and honor women leaders by presenting keynote and panel presentations on the most relevant subjects. Past topics have included the gender gap in today’s fastest-growing career paths, gender balance in board service, and overcoming obstacles as a woman in a leadership role.

Diversity in Action Series

Diversity & Inclusion are so much more than “hot topics,” they are concepts that organizations of all sizes should be embracing and developing strategy around. However, not all organizations know where to get started in better implementing D&I into their culture. Join us for a series of seminars hosted by Tesha Nesbit-Arrington, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Community Outreach for Erie Insurance, which will address a variety of topics related to Diversity & Inclusion and how you can embed these crucial elements in your company culture.


Monthly Programs:



Knowledge is power. Our seminars demystify areas of owning and/or operating a business that could be hindering your company’s growth. These sessions allow attendees to be in the room with the presenter, ask the questions they’ve been afraid to ask, learn from other members of the business community, and explore tools to move beyond common challenges for a more successful business.


The monthly webinar offerings allow participants to get a 30,000-foot view of a topic to allow them to assess whether or not they’d like to pursue more in-depth learning opportunities about it. These sessions are brief (30-45 minutes) and are offered for free. Webinars allow the presenter to give an overview of their area of expertise and provide participants a taste of the key best practices related to their topic as well as the foundation to determine if they’d like to seek further training on the topic. 

If you have additional questions about upcoming programs, please contact Program Director, Amanda Kochirka, at

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