Community Corner

Amesbury Chamber Named One of the Best Chambers in the USA!

2017-08-15T17:53:51+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

We’re pretty excited (OK, very excited) to have been named one of the “Best Chambers of Commerce for Small Business” by CreditDonkey.com. There are only 3 chambers in Massachusetts chosen for this list! It’s wonderful to be recognized for the work we do here in Amesbury. We know this is an amazing place to live, work and play.

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We love seeing small businesses choose Amesbury as their home, and then thrive once they’re here. It’s our job to help make sure that every business in our City is as successful as possible. We’re lucky to have so many wonderful success stories to share!

If you ask us what makes Amesbury special and why businesses choose to settle here, it’s because of the people. We hear all the time that the people of Amesbury are incredibly welcoming and friendly (which we totally agree with). That’s what keeps people coming back to town time and time again. Our community is amazing because of the people that live here, the people who start businesses here, and those who choose to spend their time here. We’re proud to call Amesbury home, and we’re thankful to work with all of the business owners who can say the same.

Thank you to CreditDonkey for the recognition!

From CreditDonkey.com – Best Chambers in America

If you’re looking for a beautiful Massachusetts town that represents the best of New England, Amesbury might be the place for you. Filled with small businesses, cider houses, farms, lakes, rivers, bridges and a tight-knit community that calls Amesbury home, it’s a wonderful place to live and work. Great for families, small businesses, farms and the self-employed.

Why Amesbury Chamber of Commerce is a Top Chamber of Commerce: Arts and education, great schools, economic development and job board

 

 

Choose a Chamber Member (You’ll Know Who They Are Because Of The New Window Clings)

2017-08-11T14:58:51+00:00 January 20th, 2017|

Well, it’s almost the end of January and we’re starting to see some of our new initiatives takechoose a chamber member shape. I’m super excited to share one of those initiatives with you, which 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).

We want to make sure that Amesbury residents know who our Members are. We highly encourage you to choose Chamber Members whenever you need something.

Why choose a Chamber Member?

There are lots of reasons to choose a Chamber Member! If a business has maintained membership in the Chamber of Commerce they have chosen to financially invest 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. That only works if people know who the Chamber Members are. Therefore, we bring you new window clings and an easy-to-navigate business directory!

Next time you (or someone you know) need something locally, choose a Chamber Member! (And tell them we sent you!) 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.

Not sure which businesses are Chamber Members? It’s easy! Just look for our logo in their window, or search our Business Directory (bookmark it for easy access). You can also read about some of our successful businesses and their Success Stories.

Executive Director Update: Kicking Off 2017

2017-08-17T14:32:54+00:00 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 now and again in the Community Corner. Our members have the ability to post as well, so if you’re a member and you have something to share, let us know. 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.

We recently launched a new Job Board, where member businesses have unlimited access to post open positions. We want this Job Board to become a resource for employers and employees to connect with each other. I hope the community will use it to find jobs!

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Continuing with the theme of jobs, 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. 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’s the list of employers already planning to attend, and here’s more information about getting an employer booth.

In business,
Kassandra

Free Monthly Appointments with our Senior Business Advisor

2016-03-25T12:50:04+00:00 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

2017-06-05T16:15:00+00:00 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

Meet your Executive Director

2016-02-09T14:21:35+00:00 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

2016-02-09T14:21:35+00:00 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

Fuller Block Music Series–Thursday Nights

2016-02-09T14:21:35+00:00 May 29th, 2015|

Thursday nights through August, downtown Amesbury will be flooded with live music from various performers who will set up in front of Nest​, on the corner of Friend and Main Streets.

Enjoy the free music, popcorn and sense of community!

The Fuller Block Music Series is sponsored by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce​ and Nest, with support from the Amesbury Cultural Council​ and other local businesses on specific nights.

Check out this line-up:
June 4th- Frank Czar
June 11th- Thr33 Band
June 18th – Howie Newman
June 25th – Cancelled due to the Block Party down street
July 2nd- Higher Ground*
July 9th- Steve Baglioni- Reverbnation/Spirit House
July 16th- John Plunkett
July 23rd- Jeff Clayton
July 30th- Ralph Allen
August 6th- Ed Justen
August 13th- John “Shorty” Hill
August 20th –Ashley Dawn Duo
August 27th- Timothy Parent

*Sponsored by Nest, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and Andyman Bakery