Building Business. Building Community.
The mission of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is to create, maintain and promote a vital, thriving business climate throughout the Amherst area and to initiate and support the civic, educational, recreational and economic well being of the Amherst Area.
The Chamber gives A+ Awards to individuals and organizations that enrich the life of the community through their work in education, business, and civic engagement across the area that the Chamber serves (Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, and Sunderland) and the Pioneer Valley as a whole.
Nominate Amherst area businesses or individuals for an A+ Awards by October 1, 2020.
This "Open for Business" list compiled by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce & Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) lets community members know what services are available in the community as businesses adapt in response to COVID-19.
Local Restaurant Bingo
Annual traditions from the Chamber's Margarita Madness and Taste of Amherst, as well as Family Outreach of Amherst's Light Up the Night and the Hitchcock Center's Battle of the Botanicals, have been canceled. In response, the Chamber has devised a new way to promote our restaurants and rich food and craft cocktail culture — Local Restaurant Bingo.
Support Diverse Local Businesses
The Chamber prides itself on celebrating diversity and fostering a culture of equity and inclusion in our workplaces. This listing of area businesses self-identified as woman, LGBTQ+, or minority- owned empowers consumers to support these local businesses.
"Thank you! The Leverett Village Co-op joining the Chamber has been a wonderful way to attract more shoppers AND led to our being one of the winners of the WRSI advertising contest. So exciting! The post you shared on Facebook got about ten times more views than our regular posts and business increased after your email. Amazing."
- Leverett Village Coop, New Member, May 2020