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A Recap of our Good News Breakfast Salute

For those who missed our Good News Breakfast Salute on Friday, April 10 at Amesbury Flatbread Company, the Daily News of Newburyport nicely recapped the morning’s events and remarks, including this tribute to our fine City from Amesbury Chevrolet’s Brian Fecteau:

“You go to other towns or cities and there is a problem or a roadblock,” Fecteau said. “Every time we went here to the mayor’s office, or to the building inspector, it was always, ‘How can we figure this out?’ It is a team effort.”

Read the whole story and see our photos on Facebook.


2016-02-09T14:21:35+00:00 April 11th, 2015|

The Provident Bank: A Member Spotlight

(L to R) President Charles F. Withee; Senior VP Retail Banking, Business Development, HR & Marketing Anne Lapointe; CEO David P. Mansfield; and CFO/Executive VP Carol L. Houle, CPA

(L to R) President Charles F. Withee; Senior VP Retail Banking, Business Development, HR & Marketing Anne Lapointe; CEO David P. Mansfield; and CFO/Executive VP Carol L. Houle, CPA

Established in 1828, The Provident Bank is the 10th oldest bank in the country and has seven branches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The team of 116 employees provides value to the top businesses in their communities through banking expertise and creative financial solutions, all executed in an environment of trust and teamwork.

A long-time advocate of charitable organizations within the markets it serves, The Provident Bank supports many through individual donations and additionally via the Bank’s program, “Our Community, Your E-Vote.” Employees also serve on a variety of community-oriented committees and cumulatively volunteer for hundreds of hours every year.


Though banking has become second nature for many consumers, this charter member of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce reminds us that money is safer with some financial institutions than others. To explain, those with Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF) protection, such as The Provident Bank, provide greater security at no cost to the customer, above and beyond the $250,000 FDIC limit.

Third-Party Resources

To help nonprofit organizations prepare for successful years ahead, The Provident Bank also suggests this read, “Risky Business: Why all nonprofits should periodically assess their risk.” Another valuable resource for those interested in banking as a career is the American Bankers Association website.

The Provident Bank encourages local companies to join the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, citing these benefits as being most helpful over the years:

  • Networking events to meet potential customers
  • Partnerships for providing banking education
  • Getting to know the new businesses coming into town

Want to learn more about The Provident Bank? Visit https://www.theprovidentbank.com, LIKE the Bank’s Facebook page, and connect on LinkedIn.

2017-06-05T16:15:00+00:00 February 8th, 2015|

Adopt a Lamppost.

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Did you notice the kissing balls went up in downtown Amesbury right after Thanksgiving? This is all a part of the Beautification of Amesbury initiative, funded in part by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce’s charitable foundation and proceeds from the Chamber’s Annual Block Party in June on Main Street.

Further contributing to the effort to keep Amesbury beautiful are the many people and businesses who have adopted a lamppost or bench in the downtown area, like Fritz Deguglielmo, C.P.A. Only adopted lampposts have hanging kissing balls in winter and flower baskets in the summer.

If you are interested in adopting one of your own (forever) with a one-time tax-deductible donation, please email Melissa@amesburychamber.com. Many are still available.

We also want to acknowledge and thank the Sherrill family for their help hanging the kissing balls every year! Pictured here are Juliann and father Matt Sherrill. We greatly appreciate you taking an entire day to dress Amesbury up for the holidays! Now, if only someone would adopt that available lamppost they are standing with in the Upper Millyard!

2017-06-05T16:15:02+00:00 December 8th, 2014|

Shop small. Shop local.

shopsmallamesburyVery soon, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our families and planning our holiday shopping itineraries. I hope you will join me in shopping locally on Small Business Saturday, November 29. This initiative was started by American Express in 2010 and officially recognized by the U.S. Senate in 2011 because of its tremendous value to business owners and the cities they operate in.

Did you know that roughly 92 percent of American businesses are small businesses, and many of these are Main Street shops, like our very own in Amesbury? There are many statistics about the benefits of shopping locally, but one that really hits it home for me is from small business advocacy group The 3/50 Project which contends that of every $100 spent at a local retailer, $68 will return to the community through taxes and payroll. If that isn’t reason enough to shop small this holiday season—and year round—do some of your own research too. It’s really enlightening once you realize the full impact.

Between now and Small Business Saturday, we will try to build more awareness of this important initiative and the terrific small businesses we have in Amesbury. Please do your own part to be a Neighborhood Champion.

2017-06-05T16:15:02+00:00 November 17th, 2014|

Gordon Rug Company Opens New Store on Macy St.


Gordon Rug Company owner Jeff Gordon (center wearing gray tie) cuts the ribbon in a ceremony sponsored by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. To his left is Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray. Also pictured is Gordon’s wife Sue (to his right).

The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of the new Gordon Rug Company store, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray, and Chamber president Paul Gagliardi.

The new store sells rugs and carpets and offers on-the-spot custom binding and installation services. Owner Jeff Gordon has worked in the carpet industry for 17 years, and works with several local designers and stores throughout Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Custom binding is achieved thanks to a large in-store air table that can easily lift a 350-pound carpet.

Customers can find out more by visiting the store’s website at www.gordonrug.com

2017-06-05T16:15:02+00:00 September 17th, 2014|

Leo’s Super Bowl & Patriot Vending Present New Game Room

Executive Director Melissa Cerasuolo (far right) assists owner Steve Belmonte (third from left) in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new game room.

Pictured here cutting the celebratory ribbon are, third from left: Steve Belmonte owner of Patriot Vending & Amusements Inc., Mike & Elza Leo, owners of Leo’s Super Bowl, Patty St. John from the Newburyport Chamber and Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Cerasuolo, far right.

Mike Leo owner of Leo’s Super Bowl, in partnership with Steve Belmonte, owner of Patriot Vending & Amusements recently celebrated the Grand Opening of the newly expanded Arcade Room.

“The improvements have gone from A to Z,” said Patriot Vending & Amusements Owner owner Steve Belmonte. “We’ve gone from older games to newer games, and we’ve upgraded the prize counter and prizes as well.”

The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce celebrated the completion of the project with a ribbon cutting ceremony for staff, friends and family.

The renovation project cost $400,000, took nearly three months to complete, and took into account the family nature of their customers, Belmonte said.

“There are no violent games in here. It’s all family friendly,” Belmonte said. “We want people to come here and really feel they got value for their money.”

The newly renovated game room sits adjacent to Leo’s 24-lane candlepin bowling center. More information including hours of operation and league signups can be found at www.leossuperbowl.com

2017-06-05T16:15:02+00:00 September 13th, 2014|

New Member Open House

North Boston Ribbon CuttingExecutive Director Melissa Cerasuolo (far left) welcomed North Boston Oral and Facial Surgery to 242 Main Street, Amesbury with a ribbon cutting. Surrounded by friends, family, colleagues and local leaders, Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray and Dr. Bart Blaeser, D.M.D. M.D (center) cut the ribbon. Learn more about this new business at the practice’s open house, Thursday, September 4, from 5 to 8 p.m, or online here.

2017-06-05T16:15:02+00:00 August 26th, 2014|