What Is The Chamber Of Commerce?
The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce is an incorporated non-profit business organization. Governed by a 27 member Board of Directors elected annually by its membership, the Chamber employs a staff to execute the day-to-day operations and programs to ensure policy set by the board.
What Is The Purpose Of The Chamber Of Commerce?
To ensure the interest of its members through advocacy, programs, services, and community leadership, as well as to act as a unified “Voice of Business” to other local, state and federal constitutions.
Who Funds the Chamber?
The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce is funded 100% by its membership. The annual budget is 40% membership investment (dues) and 53% (non-dues) revenue.
Who Are The Members And What Are The Eligibility Requirements?
Chamber membership is voluntary and open to any business, professional, or organization employing a minimum of 1 person.
Is The Chamber A Department Of City Government?
No. The Chamber is a private organization totally separate from the public sector. The Chamber works to encourage a healthy public/private partnership in order to collectively promote economic growth.
What Communities Does The Chamber Serve?
Ashburnham, Barre, Gardner, Hubbardston, Templeton, Westminster, Winchendon. Membership is also accepted from any business outside the Greater Gardner area upon application.
Why Should My Business Join The Chamber When Others Do Not?
There is no single organization more appropriate to address the issues and concerns of the business community in our area. Joining the Chamber is an investment of support for the program of work and the many services and activities the Chamber nurtures.
Are All Members Involved And Active?
Paid membership is active enough for many members; however, annually the Chamber recruits volunteers to contribute their time and talents to supplement staff and committee development. All members are encouraged to participate at regular meetings when possible.