About Us

Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit, Federation of the 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 as an individual.

How we work

The policies and programs of the Chamber are determined by the Board of Directors, who in turn, are elected by the membership.

Who finances the chamber?

The chamber is a business, which incurs operation costs and expenses similar to any other type of business. Those expenses are apportioned among its members, individuals and firms, representing all types of business, industry and the professions who 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 the community.

Education

The Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce holds monthly meetings on topics of interest to business, utilizing local speakers. Also the Business Development Bank of Canada; Economic Development sponsor business workshops designed to inform, educate, and motivate local small business owners and managers, and these are offered at a reduced rate for chamber members.

Promotion

The Chamber encourages members to “Buy Sussex and area.” The annual golf tournament provides members with opportunities to invite clients or potential clients for a little competitive golf, delicious food and a great time. There are also other opportunities for networking at our other functions, including our gala business awards banquet, Christmas mixer, workshops and “meet and greets.” As a Chamber member, your business will be listed as part of a profile page here on the chamber website. If you have a website, a mouse click will take your fellow members, customers or prospects directly to your website.

Member benefits

Experience the power of both our local and Canadian network of chambers of commerce with the benefits of membership ranging from discounts to group insurance. For example, our group insurance plan through the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s leading group benefit plan for firms with 1 to 50 employees. The chambers of commerce group insurance plan has been protecting Canadian firms for over 40 years with a simple, stable plan with the pooled benefits of over 30,000 small and midsized firms across the country.

You can obtain information from the Atlanta chamber website, https://www.chamberplan.ca/   but to get your free quote, and group insurance plan, contact the local representative in Sussex: sunshine House financial Centre, 451 Main Street, Sussex New Brunswick E4 EE 5G4. Telephone 506-433-4588. Or email greg@sunshinehousefinancal.ca.

A complete list of member benefits is available on our Join the Chamber page.

Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce

History

For the enhancement of the community and surrounding area, the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce was formed on January 16, 1969.
Forging a greater bond between local businesses and entrepreneurs, a group pf 16 past presidents of the Sussex Junior Chamber of Commerce formed the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce on January 16, 1069 with Don MacVey serving as the first president.

Barney London Chaired, and the 16 former Jaycee presidents formed the Board of Directors. The first meeting was held at St. Paul’s United Church Hall. At that time they had 85 members.

One of the first major events hosted by the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce was an Industrial Showcase at the Tank Hanger on the Army Camp Grounds in October, 1972.

The concerns of the Chamber at that time included civic and government affairs, tourism, Trans-Canada highway, economic development of the area, education, health and sustainable development, and the development of the Fundy Trail, Poley Mountain and potash mining.

What We Encompass

In an area stretching from Norton to Petitcodiac, the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce serves over 200 businesses that range from commercial, industrial, professionals to entrepreneurs of all varieties.

Business opportunities in Sussex

Commercial opportunities are limitless. There is plenty of room in our Industrial Park as well as the surrounding areas. Sussex is located at the centre of the triangle formed by the three major cities in New Brunswick – Fredericton, Saint. John and Moncton.

Reliable, yet continually expanding.

As the Sussex and area economy continues to grow, there remains a constant level of reliability. A majority of the chamber’s members have been in business for over 20 years. We have a large reliable and skilled workforce.

The Sussex and area economy.

In a recent poll, the majority of business owners said they belong to the chamber because it raises their business profile in the community. Moreover, although there is a definite sense of obligation involved, a majority of our members also stated that they profit from the access to business contacts that the chamber provides.

Our network

The Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a member in good standing of both the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce – an ongoing effort to further broaden our community. As a member, our mission through a PCC is to create an environment in which chambers of commerce and boards of trade in Atlantic Canada and achieve their full potential so as to represent our business community in a unified and effective manner.

The Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce – www.apcc.ca

ACC ensures a high level of support services to its members by providing guidance to chamber staff and volunteers; promoting ACC benefits to enhance the local chambers’ value proposition to their members; working with Chambers to help them with policy development and advocacy; and assisting chambers with the accreditation process. With the support and united strength of our chamber network, the ACC fosters growth and prosperity by promoting regional collaboration and cooperation. It is the strong, unified and credible voice for business in Atlantic Canada.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce – www.chamber.ca

The Voice of Canadian Business Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses communities and families across Canada.

With a network of over 250 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, we are the largest business association in Canada, and the country’s most influential. The primary and vital connection between business and the federal government, our views are sought after and respected by government, business leaders and the media thanks to our well-researched reports, analyses, position papers and policy resolutions that reflect a broad business perspective.

Critical Success Factors

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Economic Growth
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy

Our goal is to be the leading voice of business in the region.

Our Strategies include:

  • Being recognized as business leaders
  • Being proactive and informed
  • Taking a firm stand on all relevant issues
  • Recruiting a pool of recognized business leaders and members to consult on issues

Membership

Our goal is to maximize membership and to sustain all Chamber activities.

Our Strategies include:

  • Maximizing membership involvement
    Improving membership retention
  • Having more network opportunities for members
  • Extending membership benefits and services
  • Focusing on committee structures

Economic Growth

Our goal is to be a positive influence on the economic development of the district.

Our Strategies include:

  • Developing a greater relationship with existing Economic Development Agencies
  • Raising our community profile

Leadership

Our goal is to create a stronger Chamber, by strengthening our voice at all levels

Our Strategies include:

  • Working on further insuring a strong succession plan
  • Increasing the Chamber visibility to a greater extent
  • Further utilizing the experience and influence of our past presidents

Communications

Our goals include further increasing communications, both internally and externally

Our Strategies include:

  • Further developing a comprehensive avenue of communication with the Membership
  • Open more channels of communication with both the community stakeholders and all levels of government
  • Create a greater relationship with the media