Who We Are
The York Region Chamber of Commerce is run by a small staff of three: two full-time employees and one part-time staffer. Holly Roberts serves as Executive Director, managing day-to-day operations, overseeing all financial aspects and implementing the Chamber’s goals and mission; Stephanie Oeser serves as Program Manager, coordinating community and Chamber events and managing content on our website, in newsletters and on social media; Susan Littley serves as Administrative Staff, manning the front desk, maintaining brochures at kiosks and taking care of the gift shop.
Our staff and organization is overseen by a Board of Directors. We are an independent, not-for-profit membership organization. We are not employed by or financially affiliated with the towns we cover. Our mission is to promote the growth and general prosperity of Southern Maine. We represent and assist our member businesses on an individual level in order to benefit the region as a whole.
What We Do
Providing: programs, publications, events and resources that allow member businesses to advertise and connect with one another and their potential customers.
Coordinating: annual community events to create an environment where small businesses can grow and prosper, which bolsters the local economy.
Serving: as a resource for businesses, residents and visitors. We answer all kinds of questions on a daily basis. Our office building also operates as a Visitor Center to welcome people to the region.
Why should my business be a member of the York Region Chamber of Commerce?
We can help you grow your business by reaching potential customers through advertising and referrals. We refer our members only! Additionally, being an active member of a chamber of commerce has been proven to lend credibility to a business in the eyes of the consumer. Through your membership with our Chamber, you are also supporting your community; the annual community events and outreach that we coordinate simply would not happen without the financial support of our membership.
There are many options! You will receive promotion through your business listing on our website, brochure rack space at our Visitor Center and verbal referrals from calls we receive at the Chamber. Basic membership to the Chamber allows you to post events, job postings, hot deals and news releases on our website, which automatically feed into the Chamber’s social media accounts. You can also work with us to acquire leads lists, eblasts to the membership and sponsorship opportunities. Finally, if you are a new business, we encourage you to host a ribbon cutting.
Participate! There is only so much you can gain from the general promotion and advertising our staff can undertake for you – and some members are happy with that level of support. But to truly gain all that you can out of your membership, we strongly encourage you participate! You can do this by making sure to read the bi-weekly newsletter that we email to all members. That is the best way to stay informed about our efforts and take advantage of the various opportunities we offer. Additionally, it is important that you keep your business information in our database up to date and post any events, hot deals, job postings and news releases that you want publicized. If your location changes or you have a new contact person, you want to make sure we know about it! You can call us or log into the database to make any changes yourself.
We encourage our members to attend our monthly Business After Hours. That’s the best way to meet other business professionals and make connections. The After Hours are typically on the third Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm, unless otherwise noted. You can also attend an informative workshop or volunteer at our annual Golf Tournament or Harvestfest to meet others. If you are interested in contacting other businesses, you can request a membership list with mailing addresses or schedule an email blast to the membership.
Yes! As a chamber member, you are entitled to lower cost health insurance through Chamber BlueOptions; a program managed by the Maine State Chamber Purchasing Alliance, Inc. It is exclusive to members of local or regional chambers in Maine. Just because you’re a small business, you don’t have to settle for just one health plan. Now you can offer your employees a choice, with Chamber BlueOptions, a package of eight small business health plans created just for Maine’s regional and local chamber members.