The following was written by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce has gone virtual to better serve our members. We have been offering virtual Office Hours with Connect Greater Newport, Zoom Chamber Connection meetings, HR Round Tables and Ask the Expert Series to keep members connected and informed about the issues impacting their business.  Stay tuned for more program announcements to come!

We are offering virtual Office Hours with Connect Greater Newport, our regional economic development division. Ashley Medeiros, the Project Director for Connect Greater Newport, will be here for any members with questions and concerns, every Monday and Wednesday. If you would like to take advantage of this chance to “meet” with Ashley, you may register at and please specify if you prefer a video chat or a phone call. Ashley will be continuing to support the local business community with information and resources with which she can connect you and your business.

The HR Roundtable Series, sponsored by Onto Mortgage,  is dedicated to bringing professional workshops and educational seminars to Chamber members on issues relevant to human resource management and small businesses.  This series will consist of monthly roundtable discussions over lunch with the local business community, led by experts in the field, resulting in accredited continuing education credits for participants.  Topics may include Talent Attraction, Modern day workforce demands, Customer Service/Soft skills, Business Insurance, employee culture strategies, Remote work best practices, and Knowledge Transfer Strategies for generational workforce.  This series will continue throughout 2020 as virtual webinars, offered at no cost to Members of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

The Ask the Expert Series will be an ongoing opportunity for small businesses to get professional advice related to a variety of fields including insurance, real estate, finance, IT, and more. Mark your calendar for this free, informative and educational webinar series for Greater Newport Chamber Members. This series will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 11a.m.

The Greater Newport Chamber Connections group, is another wonderful program offered to members.  Connections is a dedicated networking group that meets twice a month virtually. Members get to know each other and their businesses, give referrals to each other, develop strong personal and professional relationships with people in their business sphere group and grow their businesses by word of mouth. For more information on how to become part of this group, please e-mail Jo-Anne at with any questions.

For registration, along with the Chamber’s full event calendar, go to: where you can sign up for these Zoom meetings.  You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend.


The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Greater Newport Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region.