AACC members are invited to attend this intriguing series of moderated panel discussions. They are co-produced by the Chamber and the Amherst BID and are designed to address public policy issues that impact businesses both in downtown Amherst and the wider Amherst area. The series are called Business Leadership for Amherst Area Strategies, or "BLAAST" for short. Please mark your calendars for the balance of the schedule ahead; each one promises to be highly-informative. (Note - topics, participants and time(s) may be subject to amendment)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Women in Leadership (Panelists TBA)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Workforce: The Next Generation (Panelists TBA)
Location: Amherst Works
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Amherst Town Meeting Warrant Review (Panelists TBA)
Arts Night this Thursday
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Committees
Please consider joining a committee. It’s a great way to promote your business and meet new people. Call Kim Alli at 253-0700 for more information about joining a committee.
Chair - Niels la Cour, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst Future serves as an advocacy group formed to foster consensus around development projects worthy of our community while ensuring that they meet the intent of the Town of Amherst's Master Planning Document. Believing that good planning always trumps bad argument, Amherst Future seeks to energize the town's commercial tax base by developing its commercial core while preserving its open space and recreation areas.
Chair – Kim Alli, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
Co-Chair - Jenicca Gallagher, Northampton Cooperative Bank
This committee is our new business welcome wagon! Members reach out to new and existing members to learn what they are looking for from Chamber membership. The group welcomes new members and hand-delivers New Member packets. Meets monthly. This is a great opportunity to meet new businesses and introduce your business, while serving the Chamber's mission to promote the business community!
The Annual Dinner committee plans the Chamber's annual A+ Awards dinner. Planning usually begins in November or December for dinner in early fall. Meets monthly November – March, then bi-weekly or weekly until event. One wrap-up meeting is held after the event. The A+ Awards is the largest networking event of its kind in Hampshire County, bringing nearly 300 people together each year to celebrate some of the best and brightest people in the Amherst area. Get involved in this community/business event, while promoting your business and your role, and have a great time planning the biggest party of the year!
Chair – Jim Conlon, J.F. Conlon and Associates
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is one of the area's best loved tournaments. Golfers and those with golf tournament experience are particularly appreciated, but golf experience is not required to help with this venture. Each year, over 120 golfers come out to support the Chamber and its contribution, along with Cooley Dickinson Hospital, of 2 scholarships to the Amherst Regional High School Business program.
Chair – Julie Marcus, New England Environmental
One of the Chamber's most important committees. Reviews town meeting warrants, ballot issues, etc., and makes recommendations for Chamber endorsement. Meets on an as needed basis to address any issues, laws, and mandates that affect Amherst and local commerce. This committee gives you the opportunity to share your views, voice your opinion and help make a difference for local businesses in the Amherst area.
Chair- Youssef Fadel, New England Promotional Marketing
Margarita Madness is held each March and is one of the Chamber's most profitable events. The committee meets November through March in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Merry Maple Celebration
Co-Chair - Michele Johnson, Michele's Team at Jones Group
This committee of holiday elves plans the annual holiday lighting of the Merry Maple tree on the 1st Friday in December. Meets from September through the event. This festive committee is looking for creative volunteers to help make Amherst's downtown festive during the holiday season.
Youssef Fadel, New England Promotional Marketing
This committee helps plan Breakfast and After5 networking programs, recruiting speakers, sponsors and hosts. Planning the yearly legislative breakfast, Margarita Madness, and much more are just some of the duties of one of the Chamber's most active and exciting committees. There's no better way to get to know your peers and have fun at the same time!
Taste of Amherst
Chair – John Thibbitts, Atkins Farms Country Market
Is there anything better than food, fun, music, and sun? No? Then the Taste of Amherst committee is for you! Held every June, the committee meets monthly starting in December and more frequently until the event to discuss changes, enhancements, and upgrades to the event. This is a dynamic and regionally popular event with over 20,000 visitors each year. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the area's premier community/business event, while promoting your business.
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
Events may be scheduled during these hours so please call.