What is it?
- Non-Profit business association.
- Sustained by volunteer effort.
- Formed 25 years ago by community business leaders.
Who can join?
- Membership is open to all who want to do business in the Souhegan Valley; this includes businesses and organizations located outside of the Souhegan Valley.
- For-profit firms from retail, commercial, industrial, professional, corporate, and service sectors.
- Governmental bodies such as the town offices, and school districts.
- Non-Profit (charitable/philanthropic/fraternal) groups.
- Civic members.
Who’s in charge?
- The members – Each Chamber of Commerce is locally governed and answers only to its members.
- Per its By-Laws the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce is governed by a Board of Directors who determine Chamber direction, policies, and activities.
- Directors are elected from and by the Chamber membership and are all volunteers.
- Volunteers run chamber committees and activities.
- Day-to-day operations of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce are the responsibility of a full-time executive director.
Who funds it?
- The members fund the Chamber with a combination of membership dues and other income-producing activities.
What Does the Chamber Do?
The Chamber helps to make individuals aware of the activities, services and businesses available in our area, in order to help stimulate the local economy, and enhance, support and promote the prosperity of its members.
- Raises awareness of the community, its businesses, and activities by maintaining a staff who answer inquires and sends out free information to individuals.
- Helps to create a positive image for the Souhegan Valley.
- Works to stimulate the local economy.
- Provides free information to individuals about the area.
- Encourages the public to use local services and products.
- Creates business activities and opportunities.
- Enhances, supports, and promotes its members’ businesses.
- Promotes a positive business environment.
- Nurtures new businesses that become members.
Why should new businesses become Chamber members?
Often new business owners are entrepreneurs who have started their business because they have an expertise in a certain field. While processing an expertise is an important part of having a competitive edge, as each new business owner finds out there is much more needed to run a successful business, such as knowledge about handling advertising, promotion, new client recruiting, billing,
leases, payroll taxes, etc.
Truly, most new business owners need all the help they can get. Through their Chamber membership they can receive business community support and benefit from the unique advantages of belonging to the Chamber.
Via Chamber membership, a new business can become known to prospective customers in the community — faster
The Chamber introduces new members to the community and actively promotes their business.
Chamber members have higher visibility in the community. New businesses extend their marketing efforts, at a relatively low cost, when they belong to the Chamber.
The public trusts the Chamber of Commerce and they trust Chamber members
New businesses that are Chamber members enjoy more credibility, faster. The public reasons that those who join the Chamber are serious about their business, plan to succeed, care about their reputation and assume that they can be trusted.
Chamber members help each other with advice, support and referrals
Chamber members find many friends and resources in the business community that they can turn to for advice, support and referrals.