• Thurs., Sept. 18, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

Nearing the release of his latest book and the debut of a six-part PBS series of the same name – How We Got to Now – Steven Johnson will keynote the region’s premier networking event. The 62nd Annual Dinner will weave a fascinating tale using the insight of our past as foresight for our future. The FUTURE PERFECT yet to be realized.

Last year we sold out. Don’t wait to register.

Thank you for all of your support. The Annual Dinner is sold out. Please contact Kennedy Cullen at to be placed on a waiting list. 


Thursday Sept. 18, 2014  - SOLD OUT! 
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center 

Exactly 100 years ago, the Madison Board of Commerce composed a beautifully written book of business promotion outlining this region’s attributes and the incredible potential yet to be realized.

This book of “Facts—but not Boasts” was eloquently hopeful, casting Madison as “The Future City.” It was also a candid acknowledgment that Madison was “Not a Perfect City.”

These words ring as true today as they did a century ago. The state of our region remains an unrealized perfect. From this moment forward, FUTURE PERFECT will be our call to action.

The 62nd Annual Dinner will unveil a re imagined book of business promotion and weave a fascinating tale using the insight of our past as foresight for our future. The FUTURE PERFECT.

4:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program

2014 Annual Dinner Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors:

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 Silver Sponsors:

BMO Harris Bank
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
M3 Insurance
Oakbrook Corporation
Summit Credit Union
The QTI Group Inc.
Tilt Media Inc.

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Bronze Sponsors:

American Transmission Company
Associated Bank
Badger Air Community Council
Boardman & Clark LLP
Clifton Larson Allen LLP 

First Weber Group
Krupp General Contractors

Madison College
Madison-Kipp Corporation
Meriter – UnityPoint Health
St. Mary’s Hospital
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Webcrafters Inc.

Raffle Sponsor:


Stage Sponsor:

Electronic Theatre Controls

Welcome Reception Sponsor:

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP  

Registration Sponsor:

Wegner CPAs

Entertainment Sponsor:

Neider & Boucher, s.c.

 Dessert Sponsor:

Park Bank

Support Level Sponsor:

EZ Office Products
Morgan Murphy Media

Last year we re-energized the region’s premier networking event, bringing you new ideas and providing even greater opportunities to connect with fellow business leaders and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in our community. The 62nd Annual Dinner is an opportunity to learn and connect deeper into the business community. It is right where you want your business to be. Where it needs to be. The businesses that attend are as diverse as the many levels of sponsorship opportunities available. We would be excited to share more details and walk you through a variety of ways to gain high-level, quality exposure for your company. Contact RJ Pire today.

Raffle Prizes:


Past Annual Dinner Presentations

61st Annual Dinner “Innovation has a Location”
September 12th, 2013
Debra Kaye

60th Annual Dinner “Reveal”
Date:  October 11, 2012
Keynote Address:  Daniel Burrus | Founder and CEO, Burrus Research Associates

59th Annual Dinner “Exposed”
Date:  October 11, 2011
Starring:  Vita Plus, Madison Investment Advisors, JP Hair Design, Kelly Moss Motor Sports, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
Entertainment provided by:  UW Marching Band
MC:  Rebecca Ryan | President, Next Generation Consulting

58th Annual Dinner “Why And How Even the Most Intelligent Cities Are Developing 20/20 Foresight”
Date: October 7, 2010
Keynote Address: Dr. Colin Harrison | Director of IBM’s Corporate Strategy Team, Creator of the “Smart Cities” initiative at the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland

57th Annual Dinner
Date: October, 2009
Keynote Address: Thomas Jacob “Jake” Leinenkugel | President, Leinenkugel Brewing Company

56th Annual Dinner  “A Place Called Wisconsin”
Date: September 16, 2008
Keynote Address: John and Tashia Morgridge | John is Chairman of Emeritus of Cisco Systems.  Tashia is retired teacher and author.

55th Annual Dinner  “Trust in Brands and Business”
Date: October 25, 2007
Keynote Address: Robert A. Eckert | Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, Inc.

2014 Keynote Speaker

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Steven Johnson: Steven explores the power and the legacy of great ideas, why and how ideas happen, and their sometimes unintended results. Steven’s upcoming book, How We Got to Now, has inspired a six-part PBS series of the same name – scheduled to debut in October. His bestselling book to date, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, was also the subject of his popular TED talk attracting more than 2.6 million views. Steven’s last book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, proposes that a new model of political change is on the rise transforming everything from local government to classrooms to health care. He is a contributing editor to Wired magazine and has appeared on many high-profile television programs, including The Charlie Rose Show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Click here for more information on Steven Johnson.


Ticket Cost:

Member Individual Ticket: $125.00
EARLY BIRD PRICE ENDS August 29th: Member Table Price: $1,100  (Table of Ten)

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $150.00
Non-Member Table Price: $1,500 (Table of Ten)


Chicken Dinner
Vegetarian Dinner

*Please note any gluten and allergie preferences

What Others Have Said

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    Teena Browder, Cork ‘n Bottle
  • My small business has a voice in local politics with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, I have a voice here. We’re all business people and we look at the bottom line. The return on investment from my Chamber membership and the advocacy it provides is far above what I get from other organizations.

    Tim Lightner, Owner, Two Men and a Truck
  • The Chamber has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of the local business community, and to create and preserve the conditions that allow businesses to thrive, for the good of the entire community. I can think of no organization that is better equipped to guide us through this time than the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and we all owe it our full support, to our mutual benefit.

    David Stark, President, Stark Company Realtors
  • The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent resource for my small business. The Chamber provides multiple channels for business awareness, networking opportunities and helpful educational programs. Being a member of the Chamber has really made a difference in helping expand my business visibility, growth and development in Dane County.

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