The number one reason why businesses join the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is for networking. Expanding your contacts in the regional business community is very important and the Chamber provides its members opportunities to do so on a weekly basis. In addition, the Chamber provides businesses with savings on health insurance and energy use, employee training opportunities and member-to-member discounts, all aimed at improving the bottom line of our members.
The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is a business, civic and economic alliance that strives to enhance the economic vitality of Rensselaer County and the neighboring Gateway Communities of Cohoes, Green Island, Waterford and Watervliet. The Chamber also seeks to improve the quality of life in the community for both residents and businesses.
Although the Chamber works closely with all local and regional government agencies and municipalities, it is a private, non-profit association, governed by a board of directors. The Chamber is an active member of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of New York State, the Center for Economic Growth and is a founding member of the Tech Valley Chamber Coalition, "Serving New York's Tech Valley."
The Chamber was founded in 1900.
The Chamber is governed by a 29-member Board of Directors, elected by the entire membership to serve three-year terms.
It is an organization of business people within a regional community dedicated to creating and maintaining a favorable business climate and safeguarding the interests of its members.
The Chamber currently employs one part-time and eight full-time staff members. They include the president, vice president, controller, director of economic development and government affairs, membership manager, executive assistant/office manager, communications and marketing coordinator, programs and events manager, and accounting assistant.
50 percent of the Chamber’s overall operating revenue comes from membership dues, 40 percent is generated through Chamber programs and events, and the remaining 10 percent is derived from non-dues related revenue.
Yes! The Chamber offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities ranging from the popular Ambassador Committee to the Golf Classic and the Troy Victorian Stroll. Contact the Membership Director for ways to get involved today!
Yes, small business is our specialty; 85 percent of our membership consists of small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. In addition, 72 percent of our membership has less than 20 employees.
Yes, the Chamber has a variety of health and dental plans to choose from for you and your employees. All of our health insurance options are administered locally by Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc. in Troy, NY.
Chamber member dues are based on the number of employees at the business. Investment levels starts at $328 and include a wide range of services and benefits. Please contact the Chamber’s Membership Director for more information and to set up a meeting at your convenience.
Throughout the year the Chamber collects nominations for potential board members. A nominating committee then recommends a slate of candidates from across the region who represent diverse business industries and non-profit organizations. Finally, ballots are mailed to all active members of the Chamber who vote on the proposed candidates.
The Chamber represents more than 1,200 diverse businesses and community organizations, employing nearly 47,000 professionals. From sole proprietors to corporations employing thousands of people, the Chamber serves all of its members with programs and services designed to inform, educate and assist them in reaching their full business potential.
The New York State Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) provides a comprehensive list of all the permits needed to do business in New York State. To find out more visit GORR at Agency Building 1, 4th Floor Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12220.
The New York State Department of Labor provides information on many services including apprenticeship training, finding skilled workers, and unemployment services. You can learn more by contacting the Department of Labor at 1660 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor Troy, NY 12180.
Capital Region Workforce New York provides on-the-job training for new employees and reimburses businesses up to 50 percent of the new employee's wages for the training period required to achieve a specified skill level for that position. To learn more contact the Capital Region Workforce New York offices at 1600 Seventh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180.