What We Do
What We Are About
The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1922 and has been dutifully serving the local business community since its inception. While the Chamber has evolved over the years, our commitment to Lewis County has remained the same. We are dedicated to supporting local businesses, organizations, and individuals to ensure a prosperous future for our community.
Meet our current Board of Directors and Officers (link).
To learn more about how the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce can serve you, visit our member benefits page (link).
To get in touch with us please fill out our contact form here(link).
Always a source of information, networking opportunities, and events through the years, there is no denying the trials of COVID have forced our Chamber to adapt. In an effort to deliver more value to our members and community, our Board has developed a plan to be implemented over the next few years (different way to say that since we never finalized strat plan).
We host monthly Business & Breakfast or Lunch & Learn events on various educational topics while sharing a meal. From time management seminars to resource information sessions as well as on-the-job training programs and small business loan opportunities, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce aims to provide useful and engaging chances to grow your knowledge,
Have an idea for a session that would help businesses and organizations? Reach out at ____.
After Hours Networking Events:
The last Thursday of every month from 6-8pm the Chamber hosts an After-Hours networking event. This event is free and open to all and is a wonderful opportunity to get together, network and brainstorm ways to support economic growth around Lewis County. Locations will continually change to foster interest and participation, and we are always looking for new venues. If you or your organization are interested in hosting and After Hours event, please contact us here(link).
The Chamber currently hosts two annual events. The first is the Clays for Commerce Shooting competition in the spring where we partner with Stonewall Sporting Clays to host a tournament style shoot with awards, lunch, and prizes.
Our second event is our annual Grand Gala. We have hosted a version of this celebration for 87 years. Last year we were graciously hosted by the Stonewall Resort and our entertainment was provided by the Dueling Pianos. This event is a community highlight that brings local individuals together to celebrate our collective achievements that make Lewis County special. Be sure to check our calendar for the next one as tickets do sell out.
Education and Workforce Development:
This Committee was originally founded based on results from surveys the Chamber sent out. Thanks to this feedback, we identified a major need in our community for a trained and educated workforce.
This committee develops leadership programs for our youth, including job shadowing, workforce development initiatives, and opportunities to capitalize on the skills local youth are honing in our schools. We also sponsor educational programs and events between our youth, businesses, and educational organizations.
While still in the early stages,, we are hopeful this committee will be a positive force for our schools, business community and future employees.
The Event Committee oversees and provides support for networking events, monthly luncheons, and other events. They help create, plan, schedule and promote events to ensure the spotlight is on delivering valuable information and resources for our chamber members and community. Our goal for any event include making sure the featured businesses, speakers, and guests have a positive, valuable experience. Committee members also serve as the event committee for the Annual Dinner, our largest and most prestigious event of the year.
The responsibilities of the Membership Committee include welcoming new members, strengthening relations with current members, and helping members gain the most value from their Chamber membership. Committee members report to the board of directors regarding ways the Chamber can improve the overall member experience, new ways to attract members, and how best to deliver value to said members.
The Membership Committee would eventually like to implement an ambassador program. The vision of this program is to involve volunteers as ambassadors who play a vital role in welcoming new members and strengthening relationships with members and the larger Lewis County community. This committee would oversee the selection of ambassadors to represent the Chamber. These ambassadors would be an extension of the Chamber staff.
Eventually, the Chamber plans to expand into more committees, including Government Affairs and Advocacy, technology and more. If you are interested in bring part of one of our committees or in helping envision a future committee, please contact us to get involved.
Through our events, membership benefits, and committees listed, The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce seeks to help and support our members as much as possible. But our support doesn’t stop there.
From time to time, the Chamber is invited to meet with local and federal politicians who seek to address the needs our of community. If you believe contact with a government official will help your business or organization, reach out to us so we can advocate for your needs.
We advocate not just at the federal and state level, but at the local level as well. We keep in contact with county, city, and town officials as we feel it is important to all be working for the common interest of our area.
We are always looking for opportunities to partner with our businesses and community groups. Please reach out with any questions or ideas you may have.