June 7th | Emerald Downs

Check In at 5:30pm | Dinner Begins at 6pm | Live racing at 7pm

Join us for an evening out recognizing businesses and organizations who are impacting the Auburn Area. Come CONNECT while you enjoy entertainment, dinner, horse racing, and business awards recognition. Proceeds benefit Auburn Center for Social and Economic Policy, providing leadership and education impacting our business community and schools. 
Click here to view photos from last year’s event.

Tickets $65 | Click here to purchase tickets.


The following categories are open for nomination for the Auburn Area CONNECT Spotlight on Businesses Awards. Nominators and Nominees do not need to be Auburn Area CONNECT Members.

CONNECT Achieve Award 
Recognizing a business that has excelled in creating, implementing, or supporting education and/or workforce development.

CONNECT Large Business Award 
A business with 26 or more employees that supports the business community in innovative ways through volunteer engagement, financial sponsorship commitments, meaningful partnerships, and exemplary service and commitment to fellow Auburn Area businesses and community.

CONNECT Small Business Award 
| A small business with 25 or fewer employees that stands out among the landscape of Auburn Area business base by one or more of the following: mission-driven work; providing unique products and/or services; demonstrating a willingness to continue to engage and enhance our chamber membership. An example might be a family-owned business or a solo business owner who embodies what it means to be a successful entrepreneur while also being involved in the community.

CONNECT Champion Award 
Recognizing a business who has been a catalyst for change regarding workplace diversity and inclusion and/or implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment.

CONNECT Impact (Bill Kyle) Award 
This award recognizes a business or individual that has contributed outstanding legislative impact to the Auburn Area.


Please submit a completed nomination form with the below information, along with a nomination statement.  Email or mail to the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce. Submissions must be in no later than May 3, 2024. All Auburn Area businesses are eligible — judges will determine winners based on the content, impact, and relevance to the award in which they are nominated for.

To nominate a business or individual, 
click here.


 | SOLD 

 | $450 | Sponsorship Available

Includes dinner for 6 and 6 drink tickets. Logo on all digital and print marketing.


AWARDS SPONSOR | $550 | 5 Sponsorship Opportunities Available   

Includes the opportunity to present an award at the event and your logo on the presented award. Includes dinner for 6 and 6 drink tickets. Logo on all digital and print marketing.



For your gracious donation, your logo will be displayed on digital and print marketing as a Silent Auction Sponsor on day of event. Proceeds benefit leadership and education for businesses and school programs.


To download the Sponsorship and Silent Auction Donation form, click here.


Please email your completed form to [email protected].


For more information about sponsorship and donation opportunities, email [email protected].

For questions regarding the Auburn Area CONNECT Spotlight Awards Event, please contact [email protected] or call 253.833.0700.