Massena, Akwesasne, Cornwall chambers of commerce sign agreement to work together 3/2/2018

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Massena, Akwesasne, Cornwall chambers of commerce sign agreement to work together

MASSENA — The efforts of three separate chambers of commerce have been combined with the signing of the Tri-Chamber Alliance of the Massena, Akwesasne and Cornwall, Ontario chambers. An official signing ceremony was held last week at the NAV Centre in Cornwall.

The agreement sets out a memorandum of understanding specific to various joint ventures, including regional events and marketing, reciprocal benefits and the cross-promotion of the three regions.

“All of us as chambers are still doing some individual events, but we are going to start working together for future events,” said Day Snyder, the media manager for the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce.

For instance, she said, rather than holding a separate annual fundraising golf tournament, the Massena chamber will join in hosting a Tri-Chamber tournament involving all three chambers and their members.

“We hope to do that with some other events, moving forward, as well,” Ms. Snyder said.

One of the upcoming joint events is a Small Business Leadership Conference scheduled March 14 and 15 at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort. It will provide small businesses with an opportunity to network with industry professionals and learn about future trends, marketing strategies, renewable energy and ways to develop and grow.

“It was created and funded by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. They were working with the Akwesasne Chamber, and the Cornwall and our chamber decided to join in. We can market it to our members and give them free business courses,” Ms. Snyder said.

Seating is still available. More information can be found at massenachamber.com/sblc.

“It’s another example of how we’re starting to work together,” Ms. Snyder said. “They’re putting on this event and we created the landing page for people to sign up. We worked on the media end.”

The partnership will benefit chamber members by offering information that’s pertinent to their areas and to the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and in Canada.

“As far as chambers working together, that’s nothing that’s entirely new,” Ms. Snyder said. “Chambers have worked together in the past, but in their own regions or countries. In this case, the United States, Canada and reservation are all working together and doing events. It makes it better for our members. We now have the ability to hold workshops and work together as three chambers in three areas.”