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What a Year It Has Been!

Staying afloat in business during this pandemic has meant being able to pivot our business models to follow the mitigations of our government and continue to meet the needs of our customers and employees.

Remote work, curbside service, carry-out and Zoom meetings have helped keep our collective doors open. As business owners, civic leaders and community members we can be proud of our community and the way we have worked together during this pandemic.

Our community has grown tighter and shown its support in numerous ways, helping to support our businesses with a shop-local focus and, in turn, our member businesses have been responsive to the needs and expectations of the community.

Through it all, the Chamber of Commerce has grown in its membership and experienced more business owners taking an active role in Chamber activities. We are exceedingly grateful for the leadership and efforts of all of our members! The value of our partnership in growing our member businesses cannot be overstated.

My hope is that we enter 2021 wiser and less fearful than we were at the start of the pandemic. Together we will weather the storms and celebrate the achievements that are sure to mark the coming year.


Featured Business Opportunity

The Chamber is offering a new promotion for Featured Businesses! This opportunity is open to all members and will give you the chance to highlight your business through all of our Chamber promotional channels for a full week! The cost for this promotional package is $150 and includes the following benefits to businesses:

Members who take advantage of this promo will enjoy:

*A promotional post at the top of our social media pages ($50 value)

*Ad featured on our web scroll at the top of our main web page ($100 value)

*A professional blog/article written and posted on the Chamber website and emailed to our entire email list. ($150 value)

*Your message on the Community Bulletin Board at State & Route 72 for the selected week. ($50 value)

For more information, please contact the Chamber office 847-683-1122 or email


5 for 50 Promotion

Our promotion in partnership with the Village of Hampshire continues through December 31st or while supplies of gift cards last. Dine at any 5 of our participating restaurants and submit your sales receipts to the Chamber office to select from the available $50 Gift Cards for the restaurant of your choosing.


Board Member Opportunity

We are looking for a few good business owners/members to help shape the direction of the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce. If you have a heart for service and would like to be considered for a board position, please email for an application. We would love to hear from you!

The board generally meets once per month. Board members are leaders and are expected to contribute financially to Chamber initiatives and to participate in Chamber committee efforts. Board appointments are 2-year terms and members can be reappointed for a second consecutive term.

In return for your commitment, board members benefit from increased business promotion and exposure, build credibility and visibility in the community and enjoy opportunities to network and face-time with new customers and increase business contacts.


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