Frequently Asked Questions

How long has this Chamber been in existence?

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1964. Prior to that, several chambers had existed, including a Hudson Chamber that dated back to the 1920s, a Greater Hudson Chamber, a Roe Jan Area Chamber, and some previous incarnations of a county-wide Chamber.

What is the mission of the Chamber?

For the first 10 years, our primary purpose was tourism promotion. In recent years, the emphasis has shifted to the needs of our businesses while acting as the leading voice of business in Columbia County, providing advocacy, promotional and benefit solutions for its members.

How is the Chamber organized?

A 15-member Board of Directors is elected and governs the Chamber. Terms for directors are three years, and directors can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The Board elects the Chairman and other officers. In the interest of stability and continuity, terms of office for Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and so forth are two years.

How many employees does the Chamber have?

There are currently three full-time staff members employed by the Chamber: the President & CEO, the Membership Director, and the Office Manager/Program Director. There is one part-time staff member: tourism liaison.

Is the Chamber a branch of some larger organization?

No, the Chamber is totally independent. It is not a chapter or division of any state or national organization.

Where does the money come from?

The biggest single source of revenue is membership dues. The remainder is derived from events, sponsorships, insurance administrative fees, and advertising.

Tell me more about membership investment.

Chamber members pay a fair-share membership investment based on the number of employees at the business. Investment starts at $304. For more information about membership, you can contact our Membership Director, Debbye Byrum, at dbyrum@columbiachamber-ny.com.