Now more than ever, chambers are needed

Why this is the right time to join your local chamber of commerce

No other organization represents the business community like local chambers of commerce.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers have emerged as a vital conduit of communication between state and federal officials and our businesses. Chamber leaders are talking to our governor, state legislators, our congressional delegation and senators, commissioners and many others. We are advocating for the needs of the business community both at the state and federal levels on an almost daily basis, bringing your real-time issues, questions and concerns to top officials.

We have worked tirelessly to provide the business community with the most current information available and to assist them in navigating coronavirus funding options, NH Employment Security, Covid-19 guidelines and more.

Chambers have had to become innovative in presenting our business education programming, and are now hosting webinars and virtual workshops on a range of topics pertinent to Covid-19 issues.

Offering virtual events has boosted morale during times of isolation and allowed our members to maintain important business connections.

As we flatten the curve in New Hampshire and business sectors start to reopen, chambers continue to work harder than ever for each business and for the future of our communities. As the “voice” of business on both state and federal levels, chambers will be crucial during the recovery and over the months and years to come.

No one ever predicted our lives would be so quickly impacted by a contagious virus, and chambers have proven themselves to be a lifeline for our businesses during Covid-19.

Are you wondering if joining a chamber of commerce is worth the investment?

Wherever are you in the life cycle of your business, chambers have programs and solutions for all stages of business.

Why now is the time to join:

• Now is the time to get connected and build meaningful relationships. Chambers offer a variety of options to do this, including networking events, volunteer opportunities, ribbon-cuttings to celebrate our member milestones. Even in times of social distancing and working from home, the chamber offers virtual events to continue the engagement of our members.

• Now is the time to be seen. Chambers are a trusted source and by being listed in our membership directories, you can increase your SEO to help customers better find your business.

• Now is the time to promote your business. As a member you can submit your events, job opportunities and business updates to share with the community. Chambers offer different levels of membership and sponsorship opportunities to maximize your visibility.

• Now is the time to advocate. Chambers advocate for your business every day at the local, state and federal levels. We help you navigate issues that you couldn’t do on your own. When you are a member of the chamber, you are not alone.

• Now is the time to grow professionally. Chambers offer a variety of business education seminars on topics that are relevant to your business, giving you an advantage in business best practices, marketing and technology.

• Now is the time to educate. Many chambers have strong partnerships with local school districts to help in developing tomorrow’s workforce through interactive programs and career exploration. Through us, find future employees by offering internships.

• Now is the time to invest in the future. Through young professionals programs, chambers can foster collective action among young business leaders and entrepreneurs by giving them the tools to mobilize and network.

We invite you to join your local chamber of commerce to help your business grow and thrive during the recovery.
We think you’ll find that becoming a chamber member will be one of the
best business decisions you’ll ever
make.

For a complete list of the approximately 50 New Hampshire chambers of commerce, visit gmsvcc.org.

Wendy Hunt is president of the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and chair of the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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