Joining us for our Legislative Luncheon on March 27 at Ristorante Molise were 90+ community leaders who learned first-hand about the current initiatives of Congressman Moulton, Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Representative James Kelcourse and Mayor Ken Gray.
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.
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
Nearly 20 members of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce are planning special surprises for shoppers and diners this Saturday, February 7 as part of our Chocolate Frolic & Peanut Butter Drive.
Don’t forget your peanut butter to donate to Our Neighbors’ Table! All participating businesses will gather peanut butter on our behalf.
Since many of us are still recovering from this record-breaking snowstorm and its influence on our professional schedules, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce will postpone Amesbury Business Forward Day to a later date.
Join us for this full-day educational event in downtown Amesbury on Friday, January 30. Find all the details here: http://amesburychamber.com/amesbury-business-forward-day/.
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!
Very 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.
This past Wednesday night, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce facilitated a business tour of several Main Street businesses and was pleased to see so many local leaders at its Fall Business After Hours event at Dolan Financial Services and in support of Our Neighbors Table. Charlene Dolan was a gracious host to everyone in attendance, and together we collected a nice donation for ONT’s pantry. Leading up to Thanksgiving, the Chamber will continue to collect food on behalf of ONT and invites local residents to drop off items at its 5 Market Square location.