Community Corner

Choose a Chamber Member

January 20th, 2017|

We’re on the tail end of January and starting to see some of our new initiatives take shape. One that I wanted to share with you is our new window clings for Chamber members to display at their business. I’m sure you’ve seen old ones around town, they look shabby and sun drenched (some even say Alliance for Amesbury, our predecessor). It’s time to freshen those up a bit and make it even easier to choose a Chamber member when you need products or services. Members will receive a new cling when they renew their membership. We have also recently updated our website and changed the categories in our Business Directory to make searching for a business more intuitive.

Why choose a Chamber member? Well, for a lot of reasons. If a business has maintained membership in the Chamber of Commerce they have financially invested in the future of our community. As a group they make it possible for us to address concerns with business regulations and zoning, offer education and leadership programs, as well as impact the quality of life in Amesbury and economic growth. Chamber Members often further invest in community events with sponsorships and gifts. These businesses help fund our scholarships for AHS students and frequently are found to be charitable to other local organizations. Chamber member businesses are reputable and care about their company, employees, and customers. Studies show that consumers favor Chamber businesses. For that benefit to emerge consumers must be aware of ones membership status. Therefore, we bring you new window clings and an easy to navigate business directory.

Next time you (or someone you know) need services or products, Choose a Chamber Member! Tell them we sent you!

It’s easy, just look for our logo or search our Business Directory which can be found here: http://amesburychamber.com/business-directory/ (Bookmark it for easy access)

To read about some of our successful businesses click here: http://amesburychamber.com/success-stories/

Kicking Off 2017

January 11th, 2017|

Happy New Year!

We’re always striving to be more accessible and transparent so that our members know what we’re up to and the community knows why we’re here. So in 2017, I’m setting a goal to write a blog post here in the Community Corner once a week. I’ll take a short break from what I’m doing and tell you about it. Our members have the ability to post too so if they know about something happening that they want to share, I hope they will. In the meantime, you get to hear from me. I’ll try to tell you about projects we’re working on, things we’re learning about, people we’ve met, etc.

Today I wanted to share with you that two of our members who work very closely together are holding a job fair on February 9th from 10am to 1pm. ValleyWorks Career Center is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to enter or re-enter the workforce, or hire new employees. They are located at Northern Essex Community College right in Haverhill. ValleyWorks is hosting this job fair at the college. I know many of our local businesses are hiring and a lot of people in town are looking for jobs. So, if you’re hiring you might want to look into getting an employer booth. If you’re job searching you should plan to attend.

Here is a link to the flyer with more details: http://www.valleyworks.cc/documents/FebruaryJF2017.pdf

Here is a link to the list of employers already planning to attend: http://jobquest.detma.org/JobQuest/JobDetails.aspx?jo=8338801

Here is a link to the information for employer booths: http://amesburychamber.com/event/job-fair/?instance_id=1398

The Chamber has also recently launched a Job Board, member businesses have unlimited access to post open positions and I hope the community will use it to find jobs. You can find the links under ‘Business Here’ on our website. I know right this very moment there is 1 full time and 1 part time job posted there.

In business,

Kassandra

Free Monthly Appointments with our Senior Business Advisor

March 25th, 2016|

Did you know that just one of the many wonderful benefits of being a Chamber Member is that you have free access to a small business advisor?

Walter Manninen, Senior Business Advisor at the Enterprise Center of Salem State University is available here at the Chamber every second Wednesday of the month at 9 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Walter is highly sought after so be sure to book in advance by calling the Chamber at 978-388-3178 or email Jeanne@amesburychamber.com.

CrossFit Amesbury Preps Jets for Success

September 2nd, 2015|

After just one month with our doors open CrossFit Amesbury (CFA) has made huge strides; not only in growing our own community, but also having an impact on Amesbury. Over 2 weekends in July CFA hosted the Amesbury Jets in preparation for their upcoming season. Over 40 athletes from the Jets joined us for 2 Strength and Conditioning sessions at our new facility located at 21 Water Street.

This was an amazing opportunity for us to have a positive impact on the organization as well as its athletes. We took the time to educate the athletes on the importance of strength and conditioning, and also took some time to help them understand the importance of proper nutrition and hydration before, during and after their training.

We look forward to growing this partnership and helping the youth of Amesbury understand that CrossFit transcends beyond adult training and can be a very positive tool in helping all types of people become healthier, lead more active lifestyles as well as gain mental strength and clarity along the way.

We are very grateful for the opportunity to be part of this community and appreciate the warm welcome we have already received.

Yours in Fitness,

CFA Staff

Annual Boat Cruise Photos

August 14th, 2015|

August 12, 2015
Annual Amesbury Chamber of Commerce
Boat Cruise

Meet your Executive Director

July 6th, 2015|

Kassandra GoveEffective July 1, Kassandra “Kasey” Gove took on her new role as Executive Director at the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce.

“In Kasey’s relatively short tenure, she has immersed herself in the organization by learning every aspect of what we do,” said Gagliardi. “She is an experienced leader, with strong event planning, budgeting and marketing skills. What’s more, she is a fifth generation Amesbury native who is already well connected to the community and many of our members. Everyone is excited for this new Chamber chapter.”

Prior to joining the Chamber in 2014, Gove served as Assistant Director in the Department of Development and Alumni Relations for Boston University, and before that in similar capacity for Clark University of Worcester. Earlier, she gained practical experience at the University of South Carolina while working toward her Master of Education degree at the same institution. Gove resides in Amesbury.

Kassandra can be reached by calling 978-388-3178 or emailing Kassandra@AmesburyChamber.com.

Change in leadership at the Chamber

June 4th, 2015|

To our valued members and friends:

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. You are the reason that the Chamber has been so successful over the last three years.

It is with bittersweet feelings that I am writing to inform you of my plans to leave the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce at the end of this month. I have truly enjoyed working with you for the betterment of our fine City, and I really feel that we have accomplished a great deal working together.

As a result of my resignation, the Chamber’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to promote current Director of Events Kassandra “Kasey” Gove, who I had hired last year with this eventual succession in mind. Since joining the Chamber, Kasey has immersed herself in the organization by learning every aspect of what we do. She is an experienced leader, with strong event planning, budgeting and marketing skills. What’s more, she is a fifth-generation Amesbury native who is already well connected to the community and many of our members.

I share the Board’s confidence in Kasey and know she will be an effective Executive Director. I encourage you to reach out to Kasey to introduce yourself and welcome her to this new position.

Thank you very much for your support. If there is anything I can help you with before my departure, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Melissa Cerasuolo

Executive Director

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce

melissa@amesburychamber.com

978.388.3178

Network at the Joint Members’ Mixer

May 29th, 2015|

We are very excited to co-host a Joint Members’ Mixer with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits  on June 17. Get all the details on our calendar.