On Wednesday, October 30, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 40th anniversary, along with the 75th anniversary of Small Business Week.
John Herron will emcee the event, which will include guest speakers David Lutz, Q.C., several founding members, Carley Parish President, Marcelle Belanger Vice President, board members, small business owners and community supporters.
The first executive of the Hampton Chamber of Commerce was sworn in by Kings West MLA John B.M. Baxter September 22, 1979 following their election at a founding meeting. The board consisted of President David Lutz, 1st Vice President Dr. William Rector, 2nd Vice President Lindsay Sabean, Treasurer Thomas Turnbull, Secretary Harold Bettle, and Directors Locke Perry, Donald Jenkins, Howard Spalding, Joseph Day, William Bell and Lewis Moulton.
During the past 40 years, the Hampton Chamber of Commerce has provided support and encouragement to local business, working with the Town of Hampton to establish a vibrant and prosperous business environment in the Hampton area that supports existing business and encourages new business development. It is the proud organizer of community events such as the annual Hampton Santa Claus Parade and meet the candidate nights during election years and annually presents bursaries to graduating high school students pursuing their studies in business. It is also committed to serving its members by offering support and promotion, networking and educational events.
Small business awards will be presented for Community Spirit, Innovative, Workplace Excellence President’s Award and the Town of Hampton Award.
“We are thrilled to host this event,” says HACC President Carley Parish. “With over a 100 small businesses in our Hampton area over the years we have seen the growth and impact such businesses have in our community. Small businesses are the back bone of Canada. Come out and support local!”