Economic Development Partners Spotlight:
The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
Lowell's economic success depends on strong partnerships. The City of Lowell's Economic Development Office is fortunate to work with some great local and regional organizations. Together we offer a wide variety of services and assistance to Lowell businesses.
President of Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
Could you talk a bit about the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce? The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce was established in 1995 and we cover the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford. It's our mission to provide our membership with opportunities through marketing, networking, advocacy, and education.
How long have you been working with the GLCC? I have been working at the GLCC for six years and was a member for three years prior to that. I served on the Community Service Committee, WISE (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) Committee, and I served as co-chair on the Board of Directors before becoming president. Also, I've hosted Chamber Chat on WCAP radio for the past 8 years.
What business sectors does your office work most closely with? We work with all business sectors in the community. We have over 600 members and they all have different immediate needs. We have members who are starting their businesses at home to large businesses that employ over 100 employees.
How does your office partner with the Economic Development Office? We have a very close relationship with Lowell's Economic Development Office. Maria Dickinson, Lowell Economic Development Officer, also serves on the GLCC Board of Directors. The GLCC and Lowell's Economic Development Office plan, promote, and host events as well as attend ceremonial ribbon cuttings. It is great to have partners who are more than willing to help.
What is your main goal in helping the Greater Lowell business community? How are you working towards your goal? Our main goal is to help our members and their businesses thrive. We host about 100 networking events per year which helps our members connect with the necessary contacts and resources. The GLCC can also provide our members opportunities through radio and local access television shows.
What do you enjoy most about working at the GLCC? I love everything about my job. It is fun working in a small office and our team can come up with ideas and implement them quickly. Every day at the office is different which makes it a great place to work.