Busy time for Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce

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General meeting to renew agreement with town

AMHERST – These are exciting times for the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce.

Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce executive assistant Patti Colson and president Gladys Coish look over plans for the organization’s general meeting on Sept. 17 at town hall.

AMHERST – These are exciting times for the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce.

After several months of preparation and numerous committee meetings the chamber is set to announce its plans for the upcoming year at its general meeting on Sept. 17 at the Dominion Public Building.

The meeting runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature light refreshments from Duncan’s Pub and the swearing in of the chamber’s board of directors.

The evening will also include the signing of an updated memorandum of understanding with the Town of Amherst and an update on what’s been taking place on the committees over the summer.

“We have been very busy since May. While the chamber before was not meeting regularly we have been meeting once or twice a month and the committees have all been very active,” chamber president Gladys Coish said. “The heads of each of the committees will update everyone on what’s been taking place on their respective committees at the meeting on the 17th.”

Coish said one her biggest priorities is to grow the chamber membership to more than 200 members and to promote the organization’s Get Connected strategy.

“We have one strong voice as a group and accomplish much more than working in silos or individually,” she said. “The other thing that is key for us as an organization is creating partnerships that are beneficial to everyone. That way, we can accomplish a lot more as an organization.”

The chamber also plans to use the meeting to unveil an as of yet unannounced initiative. It’s also proposing to handle some of the economic development duties of the town as it relates to tourism and tourism promotion.

Executive assistant Patti Colson said the chamber is also going to partner with the town during Idea Day, Oct. 11. The chamber is going to host a luncheon at the Christ Church Parish Hall to collect ideas and input from members and non-members from the business community.

These ideas will be forwarded to the town.

Colson said a similar event was held last year prior to the municipal election campaign at which time Mayor Robert Small met with chamber members for an open discussion on what they felt the town’s priorities should be.

The Idea Day luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The last time we did this there was a real good flow of ideas back and forth between the chamber members and the business community and the mayor,” Colson said. “We’re hoping we’ll see that again with lots of input and suggestions that we can present to the committee.”

The chamber is also busy preparing for Small Business Week in October.

Colson said there will be business seminars during the week as well as a small business expo at the Amherst Centre Mall for small, medium and home-based entrepreneurs.

There will also be a Dragon’s Den like Chamber Pit at which time prospective entrepreneurs and NSCC business students can pitch their business ideas.

Colson said there are plans for an economic summit featuring representatives of the business community talking about their ideas, what has worked and what hasn’t.



Organizations: Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce, Dominion Public Building, Get Connected Christ Church Parish Hall Chamber Pit

Geographic location: AMHERST

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