Two local business associations will merge by the year's end with the hope of proving a stronger voice for local business throughout the region.
On Dec. 1, the Alamo Chamber of Commerce (ACC) will merge with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce to create a unified chamber, which will retain the name Danville Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) and be located in the Danville offices at 117-E Town & Country Drive. The consolidation will bring 700 businesses together for "synergistic benefits...enhanced resources, additional networking opportunities."
"The executive committees of both organizations have worked diligently to do what is best for the Alamo business community," said ACC Chairman Sharon Schuyler. "We have always worked closely with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and feel that this move will broaden our members' ability to prosper."
The existing DACC Board of Directors will be the governing body upon final consolidation, and its president/CEO and staff will provide day-to-day management. During its year-end board election process, the nominating committee of the DACC board will nominate at least two representatives from the ACC to join in 2014.
"We are excited to bring more Alamo businesses into our organization; the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce promotes commerce in our entire region and the addition of our Alamo business colleagues provides greater opportunity for everyone involved," said Tom Hart, DACC chairman.
A release stated that the chambers are not merging for financial reasons and are "financially strong, with a tradition of responsible budgeting and meeting or exceeding net revenue goals." Rather, the chambers aim to offer a broader range of services and centralized business resources.
"This larger and stronger presence will be used to more effectively champion the assets of the region and promote greater economic development while maintaining a high quality of life," the release continued. "Members will also have access to more networking opportunities in a variety of settings and give them greater access to business leaders from throughout the region."
The consolidated chamber will combine programming from each existing chambers, while adding new events as the needs of members evolve. Signature events such as the DACC Business Showcase and culinary events, the Aloha Golf Classic and the June Fine Arts Fair and Fall Crafts Festival will continue, as well as economic development events, business advisory seminars and public policy forums.
The Alamo business community will also be included in DACC's annual business outreach walk in May 2014, with the resulting survey results being communicated to Alamo's Municipal Advisory Council and the county Board of Supervisors. Additionally, the consolidated chamber plans to begin a scholarship program for local high school students, similar to ACC's successful scholarship program.
ACC members in good standing as of the consolidation date will automatically become members of the new xhamber through June 30, 2014, after which they will be eligible for renewal at the DACC membership rate on July 1, 2014. Those who hold dual memberships as of the date of consolidation shall be refunded the pro-rata portion of dues paid to ACC from the consolidation date through June 30, 2014. This refund will come in the form of a credit that will be deducted from the member's next membership renewal fee.
For more information, call DACC President Shelby McNamara at 837-4400.