Chambersburg, Greencastle CoC: Chambers launch new alliance
Two local Chambers of Commerce celebrated the launch of a new alliance billed as a merger that is not quite a merger, since both will keep their separate offices and identities.
More than 150 business leaders and community members turned out Tuesdsy to launch the Cumberland Valley Business Alliance (CVBA). The new entity marks the quasi-merger of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.
The mixer-style event at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church took place outdoors. It featured barbeque, ice cream and other refreshments from local CVBA member businesses.
Chamber leaders talked about the new organization, detailing its benefits for members of both chambers through their new combined membership in the alliance.
“We were so grateful to be able to gather together safely again and to use this event to introduce CVBA to the business community,” said Stephen Christian, CVBA president and president of the Chambersburg Chamber. “We look forward to the years ahead with expanded CVBA events and initiatives for our members to take advantage of.”
A unified voice for business
CVBA is an alliance created to serve as a unified voice of business in the Cumberland Valley region. It starts its existence with a combined membership approaching 1,000 businesses.
Each chamber in the partnership keeps its local office and hosts its own community events.
CVBA will arrange special business networking events for its members including an annual meeting, mixers and other activities.
Under the partnership, members of the Chambersburg and Greencastle-Antrim chambers will automatically receive one, single membership with CVBA. CVBA members will have greater access to business resources, streamlined communications to the larger CVBA audience and more.
“CVBA exemplifies the strength and opportunities that our businesses and nonprofit organizations can realize when we work together,” said Mark Story of Keller Williams Keystone Realty and Chambersburg Chamber board member. “Both chambers and their members are becoming allies for the greater good of our community, and we’re all in!”
The new organization is a business alliance between the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. To learn more, visit CVBAlliance.org. To become a member, contact CVBA Membership Director Jordan Nace at [email protected] or 717-264-7101.