About The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1888, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the heart of 14 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We create and foster a prosperous business environment and support the growth and profitability of our members. We provide the resources, advocacy, information, networking and marketing opportunities for our members’ success.
WHAT IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is a “not-for-profit” organization made up of voluntary members from the business community. Members invest their time and money to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, or state. Through this network, businesses are able to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests.
A Chamber of Commerce helps create job opportunities through stimulation of commercial and industrial growth. It supports the business community by providing: Exposure through advertising, promotion, and visibility; the Impact of a “collective voice” regarding issues that affect your business; Education through professional development and information necessary for success; and Referrals of only member businesses and their products and services through our office and local visitor’s center.
WHAT TOWNS DO WE COVER?
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce covers 14 towns and cities in Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. That includes: Boxford, Groveland, Georgetown, Haverhill, Merrimac, West Newbury, MA and Atkinson, Danville, East Kingston, Hampstead, Newton, Kingston, Plaistow, and Sandown, NH.
HOW DOES A CHAMBER WORK?
The work of GHCC is funded through the investment of the members and local cultural & arts organizations (dues, sponsorships, business partners and grants.) The funds achieved support the development of programs and initiatives that positively impact local business and industry. The Chamber is NOT a government agency. A local business does NOT automatically attain membership through location or by association. It is a voluntary membership with paid dues, similar to other professional organizations and networking groups.
In exchange for the member investment, the GHCC provides opportunities for visibility, education, advocacy and a cooperative voice. While many communities throughout America, and even around the world, have a Chamber of Commerce, each Chamber is unique in both the services that it offers and the businesses it represents. Most chambers of commerce have an interest in building and promoting local businesses in the hopes that the success of the business leads to prosperity in the community.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Chamber represents and promotes the area’s economy and encourages business investments and development, broadening the tax base and strengthening business. To business prospects and visitors, the Chamber is the community’s front door, welcoming visitors from around the world.
WHO IS IN CHARGE?
The governing body of the Chamber is its Board of Directors. From small business owners to attorneys, the 24+ member board represents a cross-section of the Chamber’s membership. The Board’s function is to determine policy for the organization. The Board is also responsible for the Chamber’s finances, considers and approves the budget, and determines the appropriate membership investment schedule.
The Chamber also employs a mix of full and part-time staff. The staff manages the day-to-day functions of the organization, including planning and hosting special events, publishing the Chamber’s newsletter and website and fostering community development in the region.
HOW DOES CHAMBER SUPPORT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY?
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce performs many functions to foster the growth of the business community. It is important to us that our members have the tools necessary to achieve success in their businesses. The Chamber recognizes its members’ contributions to the local economy and works as their advocate at all levels of government.
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce hosts regular networking opportunities such as monthly Business After Hours, Business Before Coffee – Eye-Openers and twice monthly lunches, which facilitate relationship building, lead generation and professional development among Greater Haverhill’s diverse business communities. It also organizes dozens of special events and programs each year throughout the community.
Members are included in our Annual Community Resource Guide and Business Directory, which is distributed throughout our Chamber’s region.
HOW IS THE CHAMBER FUNDED?
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is a business, and it incurs the costs of operation. These expenses are paid for by membership dues, fund-raising events and grants. Members, individuals, and firms representing all types of business, industry and professions share in the financial support of the Chamber. All share a mutual desire to achieve a better community for all of its citizens, thus making the Chamber of Commerce a tangible investment. The Chamber of Commerce is not a charity, we are an advocate organization for local businesses.
HOW DOES MY COMPANY GET INVOLVED?
Join today and benefits begin immediately. Benefits go far beyond networking. Members may participate in any of our professional development or special events. Through the Chamber, member businesses form a “collective voice” to advocate on behalf of the community-at-large, economic prosperity and business interests.
Considering the many benefits a Chamber membership provides, joining the organization is extremely affordable. Membership is encouraged!!
WHY INVEST IN THE CHAMBER?
The Chamber of Commerce is the sales force for the community and business. We promote the products and services of our members through brochure display, referrals and networking. The united voice of the Chamber has often proven effective and beneficial to business where a single voice can go unheard. The rewards of belonging to the Chamber are full-time representation and year-round results. When you join the Chamber, you are hiring extra staff; you hire a business adviser, public relations liaison, business broker, information coordinator and more to assist your business.