As with any organization, there is sometimes a mystery about them. Even though Chambers of Commerce have been around for centuries, there are still misconceptions about what they are and what they do.
One of the sayings in the chamber world is that if you've seen one chamber, you've seen one chamber. Meaning that each one offers programs and events catered to its community and its member investors. As defined by Wikipedia, "a chamber of commerce (or board of trade) is a form of business network, for example, a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization."
The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce is governed by a 14-member board and managed by me, the Executive Director, and greatly assisted by Liz MacDonald, Administrator, and several dedicated volunteers called Ambassadors. Our mission is to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County by supporting the state and county economic development efforts while meeting the needs of our communities and members. Our vision is to create a community where every citizen, individual and corporate, can reach their full potential and become a positive contributor to Newberry's economic well-being and quality of life.
A few ways in which we help businesses is by providing opportunities to network and build relationships; by referring clients for services, supports, and products; and by providing resources and information related to current business needs and trials. Stop in or call to see how we can work with you!