Riverhead Chamber hosting two networking events Thursday

Thursday morning's networking event will be held at the Hyatt in downtown Riverhead.
Thursday morning’s networking event will be held at the Hyatt in downtown Riverhead.

Looking for networking opportunities? The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce is hosting two events Thursday, Oct. 9. 

The first is the “East Meets West” breakfast and panel discussion. The morning meeting will address ways of connecting with business leaders and elected officials on the East End. It will also include a discussion on the area’s economic strength and its business community.

Panelists include Joseph Campolo, managing partner of Campolo, Middleton, McCormick LLP; Sheryl Heather, executive director of Southampton Business Alliance; William Ayers, director of relationship management at Business Banking Group Astoria Bank and Monique J. Gablenz, director of the Stony Brook University incubator at Calverton. The event will be moderated by Marty Cantor, director of the Long Island Center for Socio-Economic Policy.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9 a.m. The panel discussion from 10 to 11 a.m. is in the Hyatt Place’s Sea Star Ballroom in Riverhead.

Individual seats are $45. Display tables (includes two seats at event) are $300. And reserved tables for 10 are $450.


The second event, “Art Means Business” is scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday in Westhampton.

Attendees can get details on the new “Destination Downtown” grant opportunity for arts organizations working in collaboration with the business community to facilitate downtown revitalization. There will also be a panel discussion called “JumpstART” where attendees can learn how artists can expand their business skills and how businesses work with artists. The event will conclude at 5 p.m. with a networking party with wine provided by Martha Clara Vineyards.

Registration is $10 in advance for members of East End Arts, Eastern LI Executives, Riverhead Chamber, Westhampton Chamber. The cost is $15 in advance for non-members or $20 at the door.

The event is being held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach.