Annual Awards Banquet

The Annual Awards Banquet recognizes and honors individuals who have dedicated their time to serving the community.


Business After Hours

Business After Hours (BAH) is one of the Chamber’s premier member networking events. Business leaders in the community use these gatherings to discuss and share ideas in a relaxed, social atmosphere while learning about other member businesses. BAH events are also excellent opportunities for new Chamber members to introduce themselves to the group and talk for a minute or two about their business.

BAH events are held monthly and are hosted by a Chamber member. Past functions  have been held at the West End Zone in Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium, the Courtyard by Marriott and Clemson Downs.


Central Railroad Festival
Held in April of each year on Main Street in downtown Central, the Central Railroad Festival celebrates the railroad history of the town as the midway point between Atlanta and Charlotte. Features of this event include dozens of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities and model trail demonstrations.


Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
This annual event will be held October 15, 2021, and is open to the public. The tournament offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and friendly competition among teams of four. Registration fee includes lunch, snacks and beverages on the course. 


Held on July 3rd of each year, ClemsonFest is the signature community event of the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce and the largest Independence Day celebration in our area. Thousands gather to enjoy live entertainment, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities and the huge fireworks show.


Economic Forum
Held annually in February, the Economic Forum gives local business leaders and residents an opportunity to gain insights into the current economic outlook on local, state and national levels. This event features presentations by and discussions with the most reputable economic researchers in the area.


Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings

The Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce offers Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies as a complimentary service for Chamber members. Ceremonies can be performed as a stand-alone event, part of a grand opening, or as part of a Business After Hours event.  

The Chamber brings the camera, official scissors, and of course the ribbon! We promote your Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in our weekly newsletter, social media posts, and word of mouth. We also publicize the event by sending press releases to the local newspapers, and radio and television stations in hopes of receiving coverage for your event.


Holiday Reception

Held in December of each year at the Courtyard by Marriott of Clemson, the Chamber’s Holiday Reception invites the community to gather and celebrate the holiday season. This event includes a food drive and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Clemson Community Care.


Membership Luncheons

Membership luncheons bring together Chamber members and community leaders for educational and informative guest presentations.  

These luncheons provide ample networking and promotional opportunities that include:

  • Introductions of new and renewing members, guests and visitors

  • 20-minute featured keynote speaker

  • Presidential Report

  • Non-Profit Award


State of Community State of Central Address
This event in the Central community features presentations from the Mayor of Central, President of Southern Wesleyan University and various elected officials pertaining to issues pertinent to the Central community. Held at Southern Wesleyan University in March of every year, proceedings include presentation of the David Spittal award, given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the growth of Central.

State of Clemson Address
The State of Clemson is an annual event of the Clemson community with presentations from the Mayor of Clemson, the President of Clemson University and other elected officials from the State, County or School Board pertaining to issues pertinent to the Clemson community. This event is held in February of each year. Each year, the Catherine Smith and Abernathy/Cox Awards are presented to individuals or organizations that have dedicated their time to community service efforts.


State of Pendleton
The annual State of Pendleton is a joint presentation by the Clemson Area Chamber and the Pendleton Area Business Association. The event promotes the progress of the community and to hear the plans for Pendleton’s future from town government, Tri-County Technical College, The Pendleton Schools and transportation.