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The greater Claremont community is a beautiful, historically rich area in the Connecticut River Valley. The City of Claremont was founded in 1764 as a prosperous mill town and is once again becoming a thriving center for businesses and commerce. I encourage you to consider membership with the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Membership of the Chamber is significant and builds over time - the more you use the Chamber and its member benefits, the more you’ll get out of your membership. In many cases membership pays for itself through the discounts and other benefits available. The Chamber has a number of different networking opportunities throughout the year such as Business Before Hours, Business After Hours and Speed Networking. All Chamber members receive discounted pricing on programs and event tickets. Thanks to the resources and experience within the Chamber, as well as its strong business relationships across and outside the region, we are positioned to assist members in finding relevant business information, support and advice. Chamber members are invited and encouraged to volunteer with the Chamber. There are various volunteer opportunities available such as in the office, at events, serving on a committee or serving as a member of our Board of Directors. I am excited to be a part of this community and to continue promoting economic growth and stability in the Greater Claremont Community. We need to remember that the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts� and that success awaits if we work together. Sincerely,

Elyse Crossman Executive Director


The Claremont Chamber of Commerce grew out of the need for business organizations in the city with interests other than mercantile. The Board of Trade which existed previously had a fair membership but with only those whose interests centered on mercantile growth of the city. The new organization was founded and merged with the existing Board of Trade under the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The newly formed group elected Hartley L. Brooks as president. It existed until 1921. It is unknown why it went defunct. It may have been due to disagreements of how the Chamber supported just the mercantile. In July of 1922 the Claremont Rotary Club met with local business people to reinstate the Chamber of Commerce. Romeo A. Quimby was chosen as the chairman of the committee. A tentative Constitution and Bylaws were presented and adopted. This document provided for a board of 12 members, one half elected every September for a two year term. A membership drive was started with a goal to retain 300 members at a cost of $15.00 per member. The Chamber has continued to support the local business community successfully through the years. It has adapted to the times by establishing an online presence and utilization of online media. It has

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The Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce strives to Enhance, Promote and Support the economic stability and growth in the communities it serves.

The Chamber will be a community and business leader and a sought after partner in economic development and tourism,

community enhancement and civic engagement for our region. The Chamber will work to create a vibrant and prosperous business community in Sullivan County. The Chamber will be a conduit for communication, education and evaluation for the business community of Sullivan County.


As an advocate of the Greater Claremont area, the Chamber ENHANCES businesses in the community and increases the visibility of the area as a destination for new businesses and visitors. The Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce encourages its members to assume an active role in their Chamber

membership, serving the dual purpose of PROMOTING their brand and benefiting the community. The Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce, along with its members, SUPPORTS the communities it serves through collaborative events. Such events bring economic opportunity to our local businesses by drawing large groups of visitors.


“Often times people think that a Chamber of Commerce is only for ‘for-profit’ b Chamber of Commerce is for all businesses trying to succeed and make an i business owners, as well as leaders of other nonprofits. It is one of the best Many thanks to Elyse and to all the board members who work hard to ~M

Every level of Chamber membership includes the following features and benefits... Chamber Affiliation After joining the Chamber, your business or organization and all of your employees become members. All employees of the member business or organization may take advantage of membership benefits and features.

Web Decal Place the Chamber's logo on your website for added credibility as a community supporter.

Membership Decal Place the Chamber's logo visibly so your patrons see your additional Newsletter credibility as a community supporter. All members can opt-in to receive the All members receive an updated Chamber's weekly electronic newsletter membership decal with their full of Chamber and Community membership renewal to show their events and announcements. Members continued support. are encouraged to submit content for Business Before & After Hours Events our e-newsletter. These events are exciting business Business Referrals social events that provide an excellent We ONLY refer Chamber members! opportunity for Chamber members and Any inquiries for recommendation on prospective members to network, local businesses we receive from an in- establish and renew relationships. All person visit, phone call or email members are invited and encouraged message are directed to our to attend our monthly Business Before/ membership. After Hour events. This is also an opportunity for the hosts to showcase Member Pricing their business or celebrate a special All Chamber members receive occasion or anniversary. Additional discounted pricing on Chamber events information is in our BBH/BAH and products. Member pricing includes Hosting Guidelines packet; please event tickets, vendor fees and items inquire with Chamber staff. sold by the Chamber Office or at Special Events.


businesses. I have found that the Greater Claremont impact in the region. I have enjoyed getting to know t ways to get our mission out there in the public eye. make the Chamber a vital force in our community.� Maggie Monroe-Cassel, TLC Family Resource Center

Voting Privilege Every GCCC Member in good standing receives one vote. Voting usually takes place at our Annual Meeting in June but may also happen at additional meetings called by the Board President throughout the year. Brochure Distribution Place your brochures and business cards in the Chamber office and the Chamber's literature racks located in the Moody Building Lobby. These materials are also used for referrals as well as included in visitor and relocation packets. Ribbon Cutting Let the Chamber assist you with your grand opening or to showcase recent renovations! Ribbon Cuttings can be private invitation-only events or larger public events similar to a BBH/BAH event. Chamber staff will help coordinate with local media and invite local elected officials, if applicable.

Educational Offerings Each session has a different focus. Some example topics include: Decoding your Tax Return, Social Media for Small businesses, Press Releases: How, When & Why, and Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile. Chamber members are welcome and encouraged to attend, as well as lead, these educational sessions.

Branded Swag at Chamber Events Members are invited to supply the Chamber office with branded swag for their business or organization that will be displayed at the Chamber's primary events including; President's Awards, Annual Meeting, Fall Festival and Annual Auction Gala. This is an excellent opportunity to leave a lasting impression with other chamber members and community members.


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Website Ad (one month)

$75 per 4 weeks

Website Home Page Ad (one month) E-Blitz

$100 per 4 weeks $50 per e-blitz


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“As a 40 year member of the Greater C connection to the businesses of the area,

of social activities and events and as and the leader of Business After H support system and a congratul community. There is something in Ch

E-Blitz Opportunity $50 per e-blitz Chamber staff works with members to create a mini e-newsletter all about their business or organization to send to our subscribers which include Chamber members and Community Members. Additional formatting details are available from the Chamber Office. This is available to 3 members per month. Newsletter Post $20 per post All Chamber members are welcome to submit content for the weekly enewsletter. A newsletter post is defined as an 8.5�x11" image. This could be an event flyer for your organization or a special happening at your business. Only one newsletter post per member will be run in an issue. Additional newsletter content will be included but in a different format. Our current newsletter open rate is 27% while the industry standard open rate for associations, chambers, and clubs is 24%.

Event Calendar Listing $180 for a year / $25 per post You can have your event listed on the Chamber's website calendar. Events will be listed up to three months in advance on the Chamber Website. Event Calendar Spotlight $60 per spotlight This is a small advertisement provided by the member and placed on the calendar page of the Chamber's website. Featured Member Listing $60 per month Featured Members will have their logo featured on the Chamber's homepage and in the Chamber Newsletter for one month at a time. Each logo will be linked to each member's profile in the Chamber's website directory. This is limited to six members per month. Website Ad $75 per month A 2480x520 sized banner ad provided by the member can be featured on one of the Chamber web pages for one month at a time. This is limited to seven members per month.


Claremont Chamber of Commerce, membership for me and my staff serves as a , as a conveyor of news, as a warm body welcoming newcomers, as an overseer

a participant in community goings on. It is the hub of the wheel of fundraising Hours events where we all mingle to learn about each other’s businesses. It is a latory group that annually recognizes outstanding people and businesses in the hamber membership for everyone.� ~ Roz Caplan, Century 21 Highview Realty

Home Page Ad $100 per month This is a 2480x520 banner sized ad provided by the member displayed on the homepage of the Chamber's website. This is limited to one member per month. Facebook Post $25 per post The Chamber is followed by more than 1,000 people. Use this opportunity to have the Chamber share information all about you! This can include promotion or sale news, upcoming event promotion, and general information about your business or organization.

Dollar for Dollar Credits These benefits allow you to have credit available to participate in various Chamber opportunities. Vendor Space Credit This benefit can cover the cost of vendor space at any Chamber Event where booths are available for purchase. Event Ticket Credit You can use event ticket credits towards any ticketed Chamber Event. Sponsorship Credit These credits can be used towards the various sponsorship opportunities available through the Chamber.

Prices are subject to change, please contact the Chamber for current pricing.


“A part of our company culture is to practice helping hands in our commu able to provide options to our team to support this mission. By serving on th opportunity to help the Chamber grow and provide more services t community means growth for our business as well.” ~ K

Chamber members are invited to get the most from their membership by participating on a committee. We encourage you or a representative from your business or organization to attend a committee meeting and see if it’s a good fit. We welcome your interest, input and participation! You can check out our website at www.greaterclaremontnh.org/volunteer to find current meeting times and email us at info@greaterclaremontnh.org with any questions.

Events Committee Meets Monthly Our Events Committee exists to increase the presence of the Chamber and visibility of its members through the planning, support and promotion of Chamber and community partnered events including President’s Awards, Fall Festival and additional events as opportunities arise.

Finance Committee Meets Quarterly Members of the Finance Committee strive to consistently improve the Chamber’s financial standing to ensure its continued support of the membership.

Auction Gala Committee Meets Monthly This committee plans our largest fundraising event of the year – the Annual Auction Gala. Committee members work year-round on all aspects of event planning including working with vendors, choosing entertainment, seeking donations and marketing the event.


nity, by being a member of the Chamber we are he Board of Directors I have also had the unique to our business community. More growth in the Katrina Clark, The Common Man Inn Claremont

Marketing & Membership Committee Meets Monthly The Marketing and Membership Committee meets monthly to complete tasks to further the mission of the Chamber, increase the visibility of membership benefits and provide guidance on promotion best practices for all Chamber events. The overall goals of this committee are to promote the Chamber, its members and the Greater Claremont area.

Nominating Committee Meets as needed March to May The Nominating Committee is comprised of a past president of the Chamber Board of Directors, the current president of the Chamber Board of Directors, one member of the Board of Directors and two chamber members. This Committee reviews new board member applications and conducts interviews with the applicant prior to being voted on by the Chamber membership.

President’s Awards Nomination Committee Meets as needed October to December This committee’s primary goal is to review nominations and collaborate with the Chamber President to select the recipients of the Business, Citizen, Non-Profit Organization, Model Youth and Young Professional of the Year.

Scholarship Committee Meets Monthly The Scholarship Committee determines fundraising efforts to grow and

sustain the scholarship fund, as well as carrying out those fundraising efforts. This committee reviews scholarship applications, chooses recipients and oversees the allocation of scholarship funds.


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Auction Gala The Auction Gala, held annually, is one of the Chamber’s most important fundraisers and a wonderful evening out for attendees. We celebrate our community and provide an evening of entertainment supporting the Greater Claremont region. The event consists of food, beverages, and entertainment as well as exciting live and silent auctions. With more than 125 local business and community leaders regularly in attendance, this is the premier event of the year. As such, your business truly has the opportunity to be recognized as a vital supporter of the Chamber and the community.

Fall Festival For more than 20 years, the Chamber has partnered with the Claremont Parks & Recreation Department to hold a fun fall event in Claremont. The annual family friendly event is held the first Saturday in October and includes a 5K road race, chili contest with tasting, live music, vendor booths, and much more.

Presidents Awards Since 1957, we have shown our annual appreciation of the best in the Greater Claremont region with an award ceremony. While the nomination criteria and requirements, the ceremony date and location and award categories may have changed over the last 60 years, the spirit of the event remains the same. Currently, we honor a Citizen (1957), Business (2001), Non-Profit Organization (2007), Young Professional (2011) and Model Youth (2018) at the ceremony held in January. Nominations are accepted from the community at large and membership with the Chamber is not a requirement to be selected.


ity is so important to our institution. We have enjoyed hosting regular Business e. These are great opportunities to share RVCC’s mission and grow community

involved in many community events, beyond their three main events—in 2016, it of Claremont’ Trophy at the Stevens High School Alumni Association parade! We look forward to many more opportunities to celebrate with our community!” ~ Suzanne Groenewold, River Valley Community College

Business After/Before Hours The Chamber’s premier monthly event is held at a different location each month. The event showcases the host’s business and introduces the host, his or her employees, products and services to Chamber members and the community. At the same time this event provides our members an opportunity to meet, mix and mingle in the social atmosphere created by the host.

Educational Offerings Educational offerings happen throughout the year at varying times; morning, lunch hour and evenings. Each session has a different focus, some examples include: Decoding your Tax Return; Social Media for Small Business; Press Releases: How, When & Why; Maximizing your LinkedIn Profile; and Advance Directives. Speed Networking The Speed Networking sessions give all attendees a chance to introduce themselves, share a bit about their business or organization and who their ideal client or customer is along with answering other questions to provoke conversation as a large group. Each attendee will have a set amount of time to share information with the group and the remainder of the event used as open networking to further the connections made with those you just "met." These sessions are held multiple time throughout the year in the morning, lunch hour or evenings.


General Membership Q: Is there a minimum level at which my business must join? A: Yes. The Classic Level is the minimum level available unless you are a small 1-2 person business in which case you may join at the Community Business Level.

Q: What is the term length of my membership? How long will the benefits last? A: Your Chamber membership is good for one year starting on the date that you joined or renewed your membership. All benefits included in your membership must be used within that year.

Payments & Invoicing Q: Can I choose to receive my invoices by email or mail?

A: Yes. Each member can choose to receive invoices via email, mail or both. Q: Can I join or renew online? A: Yes. Payments can be made electronically through our website. You can visit www.greaterclaremontnh.org for more information. Q: When will I receive my renewal invoice?

A: Renewal invoices are sent 45 days before their due date. Memberships are renewed annually unless previous arrangements have been made with the Chamber office to pay quarterly.


Non-Profit Organizations Q: Do you have a special rate for nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations? A: Yes. We offer a 25% discount. The discount can be applied to Classic, Premium, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels as long as the organization meets the non-profit discount criteria. Q: What are the criteria to qualify for the non-profit rate? A: The organization must be recognized by the IRS a 501(c) organization with an annual operating budget of less than $750,000. An IRS determination letter and proof of operating budget must be submitted with new applications.

Participation Q: Am I required to attend meetings or other events? A: Our members are encouraged to attend our networking, educational and social events, but attendance is not mandatory. Q: Can more than one person from my business or organization attend the same event? A: Yes. We do not limit the number of individuals a member sends to networking, educational or social events. Once a business or organization joins the Chamber all employees and volunteers of that business or organization can participate in Chamber activities.


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