CHESTERFIELD — Patrons of local businesses and events may have noticed he greater Chesterfield area has a new chamber of commerce.
“The chamber had just kind of dissolved a few months ago,” said Ronnie Campbell, who serves with John Bittle as co-presidents of the new Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
“The town needed a chamber,” Campbell said. “We had one for years; we just decided to get it reorganized and start it back up.”
Campbell said he and others interested in rebuilding the chamber met to establish a new board of directors, and get the new chamber up and running. Campbell said the newly formed chamber originally had nine members on the board, but increased that number to 11 after more people expressed an interest in joining.
The new chamber has already been involved with several events including the recent Sandblast Rally which the group sponsored, and has organized other events such as Business After Hours and the Chesterfield Cruise-In car shows, which will take place on every second Thursday through October.
The Greater Chesterfield Chamber will also hold the Taste of Chesterfield on Saturday, Sept. 26, and the Fall Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3.
“We’re trying to take events that we’ve had in the past and make them a little bigger and add a few new twists to them to kind of recreate interest in them,”said Campbell. “We’re constantly working. We’re working on membership and all that so it’s a work in progress. It’s going to take a while.”
The co-president said he and fellow chamber officials have been pleased with the turnout of these events so far.
“Our main goal, of course, is to promote businesses and commerce in the greater Chesterfield area,” he said.
The Greater Chesterfield Chamber is offering memberships for a fee of $40 for individuals and $75 for businesses.
The chamber will soon begin a membership drive. No date has been set yet, but Campbell said the drive will take place “in the near future.”
“So far the response has been really good, but we’re going to do a membership drive,” he said. “We’ve been very active, and everybody has been very supportive and very helpful.”