What We Do
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is first and foremost a membership organization comprised of 350+ local businesses and non-profits. Learn more about membership here.
The Chamber also provides services to the non-member businesses, members of our community, and visitors. We value customer service.
Whether you need assistance navigating systems, are seeking a letter of support for a project, or advocating for policy change at the local or state level, you will always have an advocate in the Amherst Area Chamber. Your Chamber staff and Government Affairs & Policy Advocacy Committee are informed, engaged, advocating for economic development, and representing your interests. We are in the room and at the table. The Chamber proposes policy, advises officials and stakeholders at every level, and weighs in on proposed legislation and regulations. We are in your corner, fighting for you.
Relocating your business? The Chamber is the place to start.
Just getting your feet wet or simply need a space to get work done? AmherstWorks is a co-working space in the Amherst Area. Incubator space is currently being developed in Downtown Amherst.
The future is here. The Chamber can recommend real estate and development opportunities in the Amherst Area and connect you with the partners you need.
A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. They declare the ‘nationality’ of the product and also serve as a declaration by the exporter to satisfy customs or trade requirements.
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce can certify a Certificate of Origin for members in good standing in Massachusetts. Complete the Certificate of Origin Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and an Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce staff members will follow up with you directly.
Submit a request below or contact Chamber staff directly for further assistance.
The Chamber is a leading player in the region's strategic effort to recruit new business, retain and develop a talented workforce, and foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. Along with business leader partners we are able to cast and vision, plan for the future. By doing so, we help manage and grow your business.
Current Economic Development Initiatives
The Chamber partners with local non-profits and community organizations to help them thrive. As a fiscal agent, the Chamber acts as a pass-through organization to allow another organization to receive the donation, disperse funds, etc.
The Amherst Area Chamber currently serves as a fiscal agent with local organizations such as the Amherst Farmers' Market.
Submit a request below or contact Chamber staff directly.
Coming Soon! To Launch Fall 2020
You will be part of abundant networking opportunities. Our popular "After Fives", breakfasts, workshops, and annual signature events give Chamber members a chance to meet face-to-face, expand their network, and connect with other professionals. Building relationships is an important part of running a business. Chamber membership will help you do that.
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The Chamber's Accounts Manager/Bookkeeper Laurie Freitag is a Notary Public and has the authority to notarize documents.
A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by the Commonwealth's Secretary of State to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.
You will be both recommenced and referred to fellow members and the community-at-large. The Chamber responds to the dozens of customer inquiries we receive monthly by phone, email, online, and that walk into our Visitors' Information Center. Make sure you are on our list! We work hard to ensure that your membership returns tangible visibility and sales to you and your organization.
The Chamber's Member Directory is a starting place. Feel free to reach out to Chamber staff directly for concierge services, referrals, and recommendations. Submit an inquiry here or contact Chamber staff directly.
Seeking business advice? Our door is always open. As a member, the Chamber will provide you with professional development opportunities as well as coach you through business challenges and transitions.
The Chamber hosts monthly office hours with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) and can set you up with undergraduate and graduate-level student researchers and consultants from our institutions of higher ed.
Additionally, the can refer you to great local resources including professional coaches as well as our partners:
- Small Business Development Team at Valley Community Development
- Western Mass SCORE Chapter
- Complete list of business development resources and coaches
At Chamber workshops, you will hear from experts on topics ranging from technical such as leveraging social media, email marketing, and to how to gain more leads with through your website and SEO to more general management and operations subjects such as our "9 Lies That Are Holding Your Business Back" series and "How to love your customer so they love you back" event. Get ready to grow!
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) co-manage the Visitors' Information Center in Downtown Amherst. Member's materials can be featured in the VIC.
Make the Chamber part of your marketing strategy. We offer a variety of opportunities through traditional and digital marketing to increase the visibility (breadth) and impact (depth) of your marketing.
Visibility begins with membership. Member information is promoted on our digital platforms and on display in the Visitor Information Center. Search engine optimization (SEO) of the Chamber website and Member Directory places your name in front of targeted customers. Through Google Analytics and our CRM database, the Chamber can share stats and track your ROI.
Additional Marketing Opportunities:
- Event Sponsorship
- Downtown Amherst Banner Campaign
- Create a Custom Marketing
Submit a request below or contact Chamber staff directly.
Also, check out fellow Chamber Members that are marketing gurus: