The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce serves its members by promoting economic development and community growth through business education and strategic alliances. This trade association has served its members since 1989 when 25 business owners and professionals in northeast Berks County formed and located it in the Borough of Kutztown. The Chamber has grown to as many as 275 profit and non-profit organizations with roots in many counties and a presence in northeastern Berks County.
The Chamber increases its impact by offering sponsorship packages which fund educational, networking and celebratory activities. It also leverages member value through alliances with other chambers of commerce, businesses, main street organizations, the Small Business Development Center and Kutztown University. Examples of educational opportunities include business seminars, television and radio programs and publications on new laws impacting businesses in our communities.
The Chamber grows membership by referrals, meetings with prospective members and invitations to our events. Members bring business associates and clients to our events. We host an annual economic forum with representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Nine member breakfasts feature speakers from government, businesses and non-profit organizations who share opportunities for growth. We recognize high school students through our Business Education Committee which has strong ties to 5 regional school districts. We fund scholarships to students enrolled at Kutztown University.
The Chamber engages people through fun activities. In addition to breakfasts and dinners, we have regular picnics and outings. Members meet at open house networking events where members operate their businesses. We celebrate new businesses through ribbon cuttings and awards dinners. Scheduled upcoming events include a Fighting Phillies baseball game on August 28 and a wine tasting at Stony Run Winery on September 22.
We accomplish these successful programs through a dedicated board of directors, committee chairs and our Executive Director, Treva Florence. But members “get what they put into it.” Following a new member orientation, members learn to use the Chamber as a hub for business alliances and marketing. Members volunteer to serve on those committees and the board of directors. The result is business and community growth!