WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
The Chamber is a voluntary federation of business community uniting the efforts of business and professional individuals to ensure a healthy economic and socioeconomic base to benefit the entire community. The Chamber harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and enables its membership to accomplish collectively what no one could do individually.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The policies and programs of the Chamber are determined by its Board of Directors, elected by the membership.
WHO FINANCES THE CHAMBER?
The Chamber is a "Not For Profit" business, however it incurs cost of operations and expenses similar to any other type of business. Those expenses are apportioned among its members, individuals and firms, representing all types of commerce, industry and professions. All share a mutual desire to achieve a better community for its citizens. Chamber membership is an INVESTMENT in the present and future welfare of both the individual and their community.
WHEN SHOULD I JOIN?
TODAY! Do not wait until tomorrow! The opportunities available to you as a chamber member are challenging and profitable. The benefits are tangibles for the individual as well as the community. Today's investment in the Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce will produce immediate results and continued returns. If commitment is what you feel about your business and your community's future, contact the Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce office today at 433-1845.
The Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce holds Monthly General Meetings including topics of interest to business, using local speakers. The Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Province of New Brunswick sponsor a service of business workshops designed to inform, educate and motivate local small business owners and managers, also at a reduced rate for Chamber members.
The Chamber encourages members to "Buy Local in Sussex and District". The Annual Golf Tournament provides members with opportunities to invite clients or potential clients for a little competition, delicious food and a great time. As a Chamber Member, your business will be listed as part of a profile page for Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce website as well as attending networking events held during the year.
To be the leading voice of business dedicated to enhancing opportunities for growth and development for our members and the community.
Communication plays a key role in the operation of the Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce. The Chamber has a good working relationship with agencies involved in stimulating economic growth, tourism, transportation and with those in the political arena. The Chamber communicates with its own membership with emails, surveys, and information sessions.
The Chamber's activities, policy decisions and achievements are chronicled in the annual report, highlighting committee achievements, special events as well as the financial picture of the Chamber.
The Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce makes available to its members a group insurance plan suitable for small businesses. Benefits available include: Life, Dependent Life, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Major Medical and Dental.
BUSINESS MIXERS and NETWORKING
Business mixers provide members with an opportunity to talk business and get to know their neighbour in a social setting.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEONS
The Sussex & District Chamber Of Commerce pays serious attention to its goal of keeping its members informed about the latest business or economic development issues. Over lunch, members may hear about new community initiatives from local business leaders or listen to influential speakers on topics such as free trade, tax reform and so on.
Annual AGM Dinner is held to bring members together for the annual reports, introduction and election of Directors and a popular social evening enlightened by an informative guest speaker.
Annual Awards Dinner
This special evening recognizes the efforts of business and individuals in the CHAMBER area. Its a time when businesses can recognize their employees for a job well done! It is usually held in conjunction to Small Business Week in October.