Project Relaunch The Amherst Area Chamber is proud to bring to you our Gift Card of the Amherst Area. We are excited to begin adding new merchants to our program. Contact the Chamber office to learn more!
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Sponsored by 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition
April 24th in Kendrick Park in Amherst 10:00am - 2:00pm
This year's event is unlike any other! For just $40, sign up for the exclusive Daffodil Fun Run 'Couch to 5k' and receive unprecedented guidance and tips from expert running coaches, all season long. 50/50 will be hosting weekly running clinics and sending out detailed guidelines designed to help you, your friends, co-workers, and kids of all ages achieve the unimaginable.
If you can jog a minute, or even 30 seconds at a time, you can run a 5k!
There will be a BBQ for participants after the race, provided by The Pub
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 should be an important part of your Marketing Plan! By being involved and exercising your marketing opportunities, an Amherst Area Chamber Membership is a wise and valuable investment that will pay your business back in large dividends! To join or to learn more, call Marketing & Membership Director Kim Alli at 413-253-0700.
Participating Restaurants; Space is limited!
-El Comalito Inc. -Hangar Pub & Grill -Paradise of India -Lhasa Cafe Inc. -The Taste Thai Cuisine -Haven Foods -The Pub -Top Kebab -Chandler's -Maple Valley Creamery -Atkins -Nancy Jane's All Occasion Catering -Ginger Garden -University Club & Catering -Esselon
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Seeks Executive Director
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, serving over 450 member businesses in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, seeks an outstanding and dynamic leader as its next Executive Director. In conjunction with the President of the Board of Directors of AACC, the position acts as the public spokesperson and primary face of the organization. Utilizing strong sales, financial and managerial skill, the Executive Director will oversee strategy, government, and community relations, membership, and daily operations. A successful candidate will be versatile, highly motivated, organized, and self-directed with the ability to be flexible enough to adapt to the challenging dynamics of an active and diverse community.
AACC plays an important role in the commercial, civic, and cultural life of the town and the region. For members, the organization holds networking and educational opportunities for its members, as well as important annual events that draw visitors to the area. AACC works closely with the Amherst Business Improvement District, the University-Town of Amherst Collaborative, the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, the Hampshire County Regional Stewardship Initiative, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, and the Greater Northampton, Easthampton and Franklin County Chambers of Commerce.
The Chamber’s membership is very diverse, and includes several large institutions, though membership is primarily made up of small, independent businesses averaging 1-5 employees. The college environment fosters a culture of entrepreneurship as evidenced by our “Hidden Tech” community, many of whom have relocated to the area for its natural beauty and easy proximity to New York and Boston. UMass’ investment in the sciences and a recent building boom ensure that the economic future is bright for the area.
The region brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many on college visits, and the town has a robust tourism industry built on the well-known brands of the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and the National Yiddish Book Center. Amherst has a daytime population of over 60,000 and averages over 100,000 convention-goers each year.
Position Overview – Executive Director of AACC
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Works closely with municipal, state, and federal government on a wide variety of issues related to the economic health of its members. 2. Works closely with leaders of the Colleges and the University on issues related to town/gown relations or other shared goals. 3. Plans, creates, implements, and promotes a variety of small and large Chamber events; must be willing and comfortable raising sponsorship money for events. 4. Oversees and manages budget, utilizing the understanding of financial and accounting principles for small non-profit organizations. In partnership with the Board Treasurer, the ED is responsible for creating and maintaining the financial health of the Chamber. 5. Serves as the public relations voice of the organization around a wide variety of issues, including responding to print and television media requests. 6. Attends many events and functions as the Chamber’s representative, presents to town committees related to membership concerns or the stated agenda of the organization. 7. Negotiates contracts on behalf of the Chamber in consultation with the board president. 8. Acts as editor of all Chamber publications and communications, electronic and printed, including its Relocation Guide and Membership Directory. 9. Completes other duties as required by the President of the Board of Directors.
1. Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years management experience in a related field. 2. Business experience. 3. Ability to think critically and to solve problems creatively. 4. Ability to work well under critical deadlines. 5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with members, residents, staff, interns, and volunteers; must demonstrate proactive and team-oriented leadership. 6. Demonstrated ability to work with and motivate a diverse Board of Directors. 7. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal abilities. Excellent persuasive and negotiation skills. 8. Proficiency with office computing applications. 9. Strong knowledge of social media. 10. Must be willing to work frequent nights and weekends. 11. Must be willing to travel out of town for occasional meetings and events. 12. A keen sense of humor is a plus.
Full time, salaried with three weeks of vacation to start. The Chamber offers a health plan and retirement benefits. The salary is commensurate with experience.
For consideration, please email a cover letter, resume, and salary history to Jerry Guidera, Interim Executive Director and Board Secretary - Jerry@AmherstArea.com.
The position will remain open until filled by the best qualified candidate
Amherst Golf Club Chamber After 5
Amherst Golf Club 365 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002 May 11, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Please join the Chamber at this wonderful networking event. The Amherst Golf Club is pleased to host our May After 5. A picturesque setting and wonderful views. The club will be running some fun filled activities that evening, including a 50/50 putting contest offering many raffle prizes including reduced memberships and greens fees for attendees. Mark this on your calendars! Established in 1900, the semi-private Amherst Golf Club is owned by Amherst College and run independently by an incorporated community group of dedicated golfers.The beautifully maintained 9-hole layout, which tests all skill levels, was designed by Walter Hatch, an assistant of the famed Donald Ross, and later renovated by Geoffrey Cornish.