In today's economy, the business community must be proactive; seeking out new, innovative opportunities to prosper. The Chamber is here to help get the word out and market your business.


Staying ahead of the competition is getting harder every day. The Chamber is here to help you develop your skills and understanding of the evolving marketplace.


Reaching out to the right audience is part of doing business. The Chamber is here to help you connect your business through networking and events.

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News Updates

  • Article of the week: How to Correct a Social Media Blunder

    Thursday, 30 October 2014

    Mistakes happen. To avoid any long-standing damage to your organization and brand, the experts at Hootsuite (a social media management system) have pulled together a game plan to help fix errors and avoid mishaps in the future.


    Click here for the article.

  • Welcome New Members!

    Thursday, 30 October 2014

    Please welcome the following new members who have joined the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber. Be sure to introduce yourself at upcoming events!

    - Saratoga Living Magazine

    High Peaks Solar

    - Dynamic Dental Services

    - The Flying Chicken

    - Cartvu Media

    - OptiGolf Troy

    - Melody A. Mackenzie, PLLC

    Capital Accent LLC

    Harris Beach, PLLC

    - Rowlands & Barranca Agency

    Dutch Apple Cruises

    Collar City Animal Hospital


    If you're a future member interested in joining, or you're a member who knows of a great prospective member, please contact the Chamber at 518.274.7020.


  • Capital Region Economic Development Council Update

    Friday, 10 October 2014


    Capital Region Creative Economy Update

    Ranked a priority project by the Capital Region Economic Development Council in 2013, CEG was awarded Empire State Development funds to study and leverage the region’s creative assets as economic drivers.CEG and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region have contracted with Mt. Auburn Associates to undertake the study, which will be rolled out at a November 13th conference with Keynote Speaker SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at Proctors' GE Theatre. This project is the culmination of several years of CEG-initiated conversations and partnerships to advance arts, culture and tourism as a critical component of our region’s economy                                                 

    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Registration and Continental Breakfast 7:30 a.m.          
    Program 8 - 10:30 a.m.      
    Proctors Theatre
    432 State Street
    Schenectady, NY 12305       

    SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
    Keynote Address 8:30 a.m.

    Register online.

    Message from the Co-Chairs

    Capital Region Regional Co-Chairs

    James J. Barba, J.D.
    President & CEO
    Albany Medical Center
    Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.
    University at Albany

    2014 Progress Report and Presentation to Governor Cuomo’s State Agency Team Met With Enthusiasm

    On September 16, the Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) presented our 2014 Progress Report to a panel of state officials representing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, emphasizing, as always, our cooperative effort to strengthen our economy and the region.

    We believe that our hour-long report, which involved numerous Council members and recipients of state grants, was met with enthusiasm. In fact, the next day the Daily Gazette in Schenectady reported that Kenneth Adams, President, CEO & Commissioner of Empire State Development (ESD), said our region “has had a fantastic year” and that we “would be a very strong competitor (in Round IV state funding) against the nine other regions in the state.” He also pointed to the positive mix of our priority projects- rural, urban and suburban.

    Our team was especially proud to tell the reviewing panel that our Council’s 307 projects are being implemented at particularly notable rates:

    • 2011: 100 projects, representing 90 percent.
    • 2012: 105 projects, representing 84 percent.
    • 2013: 102 projects, representing 91 percent.

    We also were very pleased to report that $200 million in CFA awards has leveraged a total of more than $1.16 billion in public and private investment in the region over the first three funding rounds.


  • Article of the week: 4 Tips on Managing Your Business Communications

    Wednesday, 08 October 2014

    The way your organization communicates should be intertwined with your organization's culture. What you're communicating, how you're communicating and when you're communicating to your constituents is crucial.  Read this week's article to learn best practices on how to effectively communicate.

    Click here for the article.


  • Article of the week: 12 Essential Elements of Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Wednesday, 22 October 2014

    Want to attract, engage and convert social media fans into paying customers? This week's article provides a checklist of 12 essential elements that will help make that happen.


    Click here for the article.

  • Article of the week: 7 Steps To Getting Your Readers To Take Action

    Thursday, 02 October 2014

    If you or a co-worker create content for marketing strategies and your goal is to motivate your organization's audiences to take action, this is the article for you!
    Click here for the article.
    Images are crucial to the success of your marketing strategy. Blogs and social media posts receive approximately 94% more views than posts without images. Forbes offers a guide on how to use images in your marketing strategy effectively.

    Click here for the article.

  • Article of the week: 12 Powerful Ways to Grow in Your Career

    Wednesday, 15 October 2014

    "Where you are today is a reflection of the education and skills that got you there. The question is, where do you want to be tomorrow?" - Inc. Magazine

    This week's article by Inc. explains the importance of continued professional training and provides 12 ways to continue your professional training and development, to expand the boundaries of what you understand and become more valuable to your organization.

    Click here for the full article. Visit our Calendar of Events to register for training opportunities available through your Chamber membership.


  • Article of the week: Use AAA Leadership To Propel Your Team Into The Fast Lane

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014

    Car trouble? Call AAA.

    Employees stuck in a rut? Call AAA Leadership.


    Leaders who are on the move intuitively use AAA: Assess, Access and Activate. This week's article explains in-depth how these three tips will jump-start your team and get everyone back in the fast lane to success.


    Click here for the article.

  • Article of the week: 4 Steps To Choosing Resilience Over Resistance

    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    Both our professional and personal environments involve rapid change and may sometimes be prone to instability due to change. This week's article offers 4 tips on how to be resilient and learn to recover and emerge stronger after encountering changes both at work and at home.


    Click here for the article.


  • Article of the week: 5 Attributes You Need to Be an Effective Business Leader, Inc.

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014

    There are 5 common themes you'll find in literature about successful leadership. Inc. recommends to keep your sights trained on them and you'll hit your targets more often, have a more invested team, and gain the respect of colleagues and customers alike. 


    Click here for the article.


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