|Amherst, Hadley, Shutesbury, Leverett, Pelham, Sunderland, and Belchertown|
|Don Courtemanche, Executive Director|
|Website||Official Website of Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce|
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is the local chamber of commerce for portions of Hampshire and Franklin counties within the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. The chamber represents the business needs of over 600 businesses and 4,200 employees in the area.
The Amherst Area Chamber is considered to be the one of the most powerful business organizations in Western Massachusetts.
Lynn Gray, President General Manager, Hampshire Mall Pyramid Management Group, LLC
Michael Gay, Vice President Banking Center Manager, Amherst PeoplesBank
Robin Brown, Interim-Treasurer Director of Sales Inn on Boltwood
Maura Guzik, Secretary Vice President Commercial Loan Officer Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
Nancy Buffone Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Sean Cleary Owner Amherst Copy & Designworks
Heidi Flanders Owner and Principle Designer Integrity Development and Construction, Inc.
Board of Directors
Jim Brassord Chief of Campus Operations Amherst College
Elizabeth Craun Director of Facilities and Business Operations Hampshire College
Alex Laguerra Sierra, CAPS Director of Property Management Amherst Innovative Living
Kathleen Plante Relationship Builder Business West
Kishore Parmar Vice President Pioneer Valley Hotel Group
Beth Pearson Owner Pearson Wallace Insurance, LLC
Steven Prothers Project Manager Amherst Landscape & Design Associates, A MountainView Company
Hannah Rechtschaffen Director of Placemaking W.D. Cowls, Inc.
Barry Roberts Owner EV Realty Trust
Aelan B. Tierney, AIA, LEED AP Principal Kuhn Riddle Architects
Sherri Willey Project Coordinator Hampshire Hospitality Group
The Amherst Area Chamber is supported by members' dues and its own fundraising activities. Membership is open to anyone and dues are based upon a sliding scale based on the number of employees. The Chamber is a partner organization with the Greater Northampton Chamber and Greater Easthampton Chamber in the formation and management of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council.
The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is divided into Councils, with each Council being an advocate for different interests of the members or responsible for the hosting of various chamber events throughout the year.
There are many benefits that businesses can access once they become members. They are in the areas of marketing, advertising, educational support, ribbon cutting ceremonies, referrals, networking, business advocacy, special discounts and group buying power.
The Amherst Area Chamber supported the ban on disposable food and drink containers made from expanded polystyrene (commonly called Styrofoam) beginning on January 1, 2014 in the town of Amherst. The chamber hoped that prices for alternative containers would go down for local restaurants affected businesses as paper-based containers become more popular.
The annual Taste of Amherst is one of the most popular events that the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce hosts. It draws over 20,000 people to eat at over 20 local restaurants that set up tents on the Amherst town common. There are also bounce houses and face painting for children and a beer tent for adults. The Taste of Amherst has had a large effort in the past few years to "green up the event". All of the plates and silverware are made of compostable materials. There are three stations where patrons bring their trash to be sorted into recycling, compost, and waste.