Chambers plan joint brainstorming meeting

Date: 1/31/2012

February 1, 2012

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS — A group of Western Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce leaders have formed an important union so they can benefit from one another’s knowledge and experience to better serve their individual business communities.

Lenny Weake, president of the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, said, “Chambers of Commerce are unique to their local communities, but share similar challenges and concerns in managing and growing their organizations.

“We are work-ing together to create one common message that tells the good work we are doing in local economic development.” Weake continued. “However, we also recognize the need to continuously improve and transform our programs and services. Working together makes each individual Chamber stronger, thereby creating a stronger region.”

To help facilitate these partnerships, the Chambers implemented the “Let’s Re-caffeinate Our Chamber” program, an initiative sponsored by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank.

“Let's Re-caffeinate Our Chamber” will bring together members, non members, community leaders and others in each of the Chambers’ local communities.

There, they hope to learn more about what each organization is doing that works, and what can be done to improve.

“A strong local Chamber of Commerce is essential to a strong local community,” Simon Hong, retail market manager for TD Bank, said. “We applaud the Western Massachusetts Chambers for their collaboration and are proud to support their efforts.”

The first “Re-caffeinate Our Chamber” Town Meeting is set for Feb. 8 at the Quaboag Hills Chamber. from 8 to 1 a.m. in the Chambers Conference Room. For more information call 283-2418.

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