Message from the President


Today, Penny LaPlaca, one of our staff insurance brokers, devoted a great deal of time to resolve a dental claim issue for one of our subscribers.  It seems they were denied coverage that should have been included in their premium.  After many calls and verification, that individual will get their claim paid. 

The Amherst Chamber exists to provide benefits and services that assist small firms and their employees grow their wealth.  Every time we offer a service that saves you money or increases your staff capacity, we are achieving our goals.  Offering and servicing health insurance plans is one of these benefits that distinguishes our organization and results in us being the largest chamber in the region.  Unlike traditional insurance brokers, our licensed professional staff is available five days a week, 52 weeks a year to service our accounts.  Think of it as your personal Human Resource staff.  You can send your employees to us and we will customize a plan with the appropriate benefits and price points that meet their specific needs.  Or, let us develop a group plan that covers your entire staff.  You have our word – we have your best interests in mind.

If you currently get your health insurance from us, don’t make the mistake of not taking advantage of all of the other programs and services we offer.  Our Business Before and After Hours are complimentary events that encourage you to expand recognition for your product and/or service and meet a lot of new people.  Our Small Business Showcase still has a few tables available, or just stop by and visit with the vendors.  Tools for Prosperity is a series of workshops on topics of interest to our small business members.  An upcoming Purchasing Managers program will feature large firms from across the region who will share with you the process for bidding for their business.

Take advantage of your membership and realize the benefits of investing in the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  Go to our website, for information on all of our programs and services.