As a constantly evolving regional network, the Central NH Chamber of Commerce (CNHCC) values coming together to celebrate with members and supporters. This year’s annual Chamber event, “Feel the Beat,” was held on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Waterville Valley Resort’s Town Square. The event was generously sponsored by Service Credit Union and food was provided by the Waterville Valley Conference Center. The sunshine was a welcomed guest after a long, chilly spring, and the nearly 100 attendees were in high spirits. The delicious appetizers, drinks, and upbeat tunes in the Resort’s Brookside Room set the tone for celebrating the end of a successful fiscal year for the Chamber.
CNHCC Executive Director Frank Cocchiarella updated members on 2018-19 progress. More than 100 members attended the Chamber’s two largest events and nearly 100 guests attended speaker series sessions. Over the course of the year, more than 500 attendees enjoyed the monthly Business After Hoursgatherings held at member businesses throughout the region. In the coming fiscal year, many member events are planned, including a Squam Lakes Boat Cruise on July 17 and the annual Golf Tournament on October 3 at Owl’s Nest Resort. See the Chamber website at centralnh.org for more information and to register for upcoming events at.
Kate Tarbox, Director of Marketing for Speare Memorial Hospital and CNHCC Marketing Committee member, noted the improved website, with dynamic content featuring members and regions. Members and non-members may now post events on the Community Calendar, a much-needed, centralized way to see what’s happening in the area. This year, the Chamber is beginning an integrated social media campaign called, “Show Us Your Heart of 603.” This campaign encourages locals and visitors to snap pictures of CNHCC member businesses within the 23 towns in the service region and post on social media for the chance to win a $100 prize.
Chandra Engelbert, who has served as the CNHCC Board President since 2015, is stepping down at the end of the 18/19 FY. Chandra will stay involved with the Chamber while continuing on in her role as CEO of Pemi-Baker Community Health. Correy Hart, Branch and Business Development Manager at Meredith Village Savings Bank, will assume the CNHCC presidency in July 2019. “Correy is a connector and I think he has the ability to set goals and put action behind them,” Chandra said. “There is so much energy with the current Board and I love the diversity.” CNHCC would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Board Members Martha Clifford, Jessica Morel, and Heidi Pettigrew for their contributions to the Chamber, as their terms end in June.
Brooke Wakefield, Director of Waterville Valley Recreation and Chamber Board Member, reflected on how far the Chamber has come since 2015, when it was entirely Board-run. “We’re out of the woods,” she said with a smile. This leap to sustainability only happened because those who truly believed in its worth invested tireless hours to create, once again, a vibrant hub for community business. We look forward to another year of growth, connections, and free living in beautiful Central New Hampshire.
For more information about joining CNHCC, please visit centralnh.org or call (603) 726-3804.