Awards & Milestones

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is the leading business and community development organization in the region. Since its establishment in 1984, the Chamber has played an instrumental role in driving growth and prosperity in the communities that comprise North Central Massachusetts. From industry recognition to national honors, discover why our chamber stands as a beacon of excellence, driving positive impact and fostering success. Join us in celebrating a tradition of achievement that sets us apart and propels North Central Massachusetts forward.

Discover the many milestones and accomplishments of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

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  • 1984


    Chamber is Formed

    The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce was officially established through a merger of the several local chambers of commerce and business groups in the region.  The roots of the Chamber stretch back to the early 1900s with the formation of the Leominster and Fitchburg Chambers of Commerce. 

    After a nationwide search, David McKeehan, former Vice President of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce is selected to serve as the first President of the newly formed organization. Local Attorney Elliott Zide served as the first Chair of the Board and the Chamber maintained offices in both Fitchburg and Leominster for the first two years. The merger has proven to be a testament to the concept of “a regional approach to problem-solving.” The resulting regional business organization has taken a prominent position in economic development, government affairs and the implementation of creative solutions for promoting the success of small businesses.

  • Good Morning North Central Breakfast Debuts

    The Chamber launches its longest running event, the Good Morning North Central breakfast series.  Over the years, high profile speakers have included Governors, Senators, prominent business and civic leaders, authors and celebrities. 


  • 1985


    Chamber Foundation Established

    The Chamber establishes the North Central Chamber Foundation as a 501(c)3 non-profit affiliate focused on assisting in the betterment of the region through charitable activities. Funds raised by the Chamber Foundation are utilized primarily for education/workforce development initiatives. Since its founding the Chamber’s foundation has awarded over $1 million so far in scholarships. 

  • 1986

    "Commitment for Success" Initiative Launches

    The “Commitment for Success” initiative was inaugurated by the Chamber, raising $1.25 Million from area businesses, to enable regional economic development and government affairs programming. 




    Guide To North Central Massachusetts Debuts

    The Chamber publishes the first Guide to North Central Massachusetts as an annual tourism publication to promote the region to visitors. The first guide is black and white and has a limited distribution. Today, the guide is full color, printed seasonally and distributed widely throughout New England and as far away as Canada. 

  • 1987

    NCMDC is Established

    The Chamber establishes the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation as its formal economic development arm and initiated a fixed asset financing program (SBA 504) for area small businesses.



  • 1988


    Workforce Training Program Established

    The Chamber developed a workforce training program, coordinating efforts of Mount Wachusett Community College, Monty Tech, and the local machinists’ union, to prepare 100 machinists for the Fitchburg General Electric plant. 

  • 1989

    Launch of Community Leadership Institute

    The Chamber launches its Community Leadership Institute to help shape leaders in the region.  Over 250 business and community leaders have graduated from the program since its inception.



  • 1990


    Chamber Moves to New Location

    In an effort to be more accessible to its growing membership from throughout the region, the Chamber moves to a new location on Erdman Way in Leominster, easily accessible to Route 2.

  • Twin-Cities First Night Event Debuts

    The Chamber started the Twin-Cities First Night event, organizing dozens of venues, transportation, and entertainment to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Leominster and Fitchburg. This community-based program, involving hundreds of volunteers, ran annually for almost a decade.


  • 1991


    Blueprint for the 90s

    The North Central Massachusetts Chamber secured another $1 Million from area businesses for economic development programming and launched the “Blueprint for the 90s”– a community and business-based planning effort that served as a roadmap for driving economic development efforts over the last twenty five years and led to the creation of many of the economic assets that have helped to shape the regions’ economy. 

  • 1992

    Chamber Launches MassPlastics

    The Chamber holds the first of several MassPlastics Trade Shows to showcase area companies and demonstrate the region’s history and strength in the plastics industry. These highly successful events grew to 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and were the only manufacturing-specific trade shows held by any local chamber of commerce in the country.



  • 1994


    NCMDC Establishes Micro-Loan Program

    The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation establishes its first micro-loan program to assist start-up businesses, which is capitalized through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and matching funds from the Chamber.  Since its inception, the NCMDC has gone on to lend out over $10 million dollars, which has been leveraged by $24 million in bank capital and has resulted in over 1,000 new jobs.  The average loan is just $25,000. 

  • 1996

    Chamber Leads Regional Effort in Devens, MA

    The Chamber leads a regional effort to support redevelopment of Fort Devens, including active participation in the creation of a redevelopment plan and supporting passage of a $200 million bond to implement the plan.




    Johnny Appleseed Trail Association is Established

    The Chamber establishes the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association as its formal tourism affiliate.  JATA, doing business as Visit North Central Massachusetts today, developed and implemented a regional marketing plan to attract visitors and groups to the region. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has grown the economic impact of tourism from virtually nothing to over $185 million dollars in direct spending from visitors.  

  • 1997

    Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center Opens

    After ten years of lobbying by the Chamber, the MassHighway Department constructs The Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center on the site of a burned-out Howard Johnson’s Restaurant along Route 2 in Lancaster. The Center’s opening was a product of the Chamber’s economic development master plan launched in 1991 and has become a model for visitor information centers.  Approximately 165,000 people visit the center each year.




    First Ever Female Chair is Appointed

    Anita Raboin, Former President of Appleseed Personnel Services is elected as the first woman Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. 

  • 1999

    Women’s Leadership Connection Debuts

    The Chamber establishes the Executive Women’s Network, today called the Women’s Leadership Connection, to foster success for local women in business.



  • 2001


    Chamber Heads Rt. 12 Improvement Project

    The Chamber paves the way for the Route 12 Improvement Project. This transportation infrastructure project has been credited with improving the route 12 corridor in Fitchburg and Leominster. 

  • 2004

    State Recognizes "Johnny Appleseed Trail"

    The state officially designates Route 2, from I-495 west through the Town of Orange, as “The Johnny Appleseed Trail”.



  • 2005


    Chamber Breaks Ground for New Location

    The Chamber breaks ground on its new 6,000 square foot building in Fitchburg, near the Leominster line, to serve as its headquarters and as a regional center to support the business community. 

  • 2007

    NCMDC Recognized by U.S. Treasury

    The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation is designated as a Community Development Financial Institution by the U.S. Treasury. 



  • 2010


    Johnny Appleseed Trail Association Becomes Official RTC for Region

    The Chamber’s tourism arm, the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, receives official designation from the state as the Regional Tourism Council for North Central Massachusetts.  This designation creates a formal partnership with the state’s tourism office and enables the region to receive its share of matching tourism grants. 

  • Chamber Hosts Familiarization Trips

    The Chamber hosts three familiarization trips to China. Over 200 local businessmen and women participate in the program to establish a better understanding of the country’s growing influence in the world’s economy and explore potential business relationships. 


  • 2011


    Chamber Helps Recruit AIS

    The Chamber supports efforts by the City of Leominster to recruit AIS to the region and advocates for tax incentives for the project. The project helps create hundreds of new jobs and millions in new tax revenue for the city and state.

  • 2012

    Chamber Launches Economic Forecast

    The Chamber partners with Fidelity Bank to launch the first Economic Forecast Breakfast which highlights the economic outlook for North Central Massachusetts.




    Chamber Leads Statewide Coalition

    Recognizing the importance of a locally focused community college system and concerned about the impact to local businesses and the region, the Chamber leads a statewide coalition of business groups to oppose efforts by the state to usurp control and centralize the state’s fifteen community colleges. 

  • NCMDC Receives State Designation

    The Chamber’s economic development arm, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, receives state designation as the official Regional Economic Development Organization for North Central Massachusetts. 


  • 2014


    Chamber Helps Recruit Great Wolf Lodge New England

    The Chamber works with local and state officials to help attract Great Wolf Resorts to the region and advocates for tax incentives for the project. The project helps create over 500 jobs for the region and generates millions in new tax revenue for the city and state.

  • Chamber Launches Net-Metering Credits Program

    To help local manufacturers reduce their energy costs, the Chamber’s economic development arm creates an innovative program to provide Net-Metering Credits from a local solar field.


  • 2015


    Roy Nascimento Selected President & CEO

    After a nationwide search, Roy Nascimento is selected to succeed David McKeehan as the President of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. 

  • NCMDC Becomes Micro-Loan Provider for the U.S. SBA

    The Chamber’s economic development affiliate, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, is approved as a micro-loan provider by the U.S Small Business Administration and receives a $500,000 low-interest loan as much needed capital to continue to grow its lending programs.


  • 2016


    Chamber Launches New Logo

    The Chamber introduces a new logo, symbolizing its continued growth and transformation while being respectful of its history.

  • Worcester Regional Chamber Becomes Affiliate of NCMDC

    The Chamber’s economic development affiliate signs an innovative agreement with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide start-up businesses in the Worcester area with micro-lending resources. 


  • 2017


    Chamber Makes History as Chamber of the Year Finalist

    The North Central Massachusetts Chamber is named a finalist for the National Chamber of the Year Award, the first chamber of commerce in Massachusetts or New England to have ever been named a finalist for this prestigious honor. 

  • Assabet Valley, North Quabbin, & Greater Gardner Chambers of Commerce Become NCMDC Affiliates

    The Chamber’s economic development affiliate signs agreements with the Assabet Valley, North Quabbin and the Greater Gardner Chambers of Commerce to extend its micro-lending resources to start-up businesses in their communities.


  • 2018


    NCMDC Becomes Community Advantage Small Business Lender

    The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation is designated as a Community Advantage Lending Company by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

  • Chamber Awarded 4-Star Accredidation

    The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is awarded 4-star Accreditation from the accrediting board of the United States Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. Of the approximately 7,000 chambers in the United States, only 204 have earned the recognition as an accredited chamber of commerce.



    Johnny Appleseed Trail Association Rebrands to Visit North Central Massachusetts

    The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association rebrands to become Visit North Central Massachusetts, to better reflect the variety and diversity of the 27 communities that comprise North Central Massachusetts.

  • Elect North Central Coalition

    The Chamber plays a leadership role in bringing together business, community, education and media organizations in the region to form the Elect North Central Coalition. The non-partisan coalition’s mission is to make the democratic process accessible and assure that local and regional issues are examined and addressed by candidates running for major statewide and federal office. The coalition hosts its first debate for the Third Congressional District.



    Fitchburg City Hall

    The Chamber joins with other business and civic groups to testify in support of the $23 million renovation of the historic Fitchburg City Hall, which had been vacant since 2012 due to structural issues. The renovated City Hall opens in 2020 and becomes an important part of the ongoing economic development of the downtown business district in one of the largest communities in the region. 

  • 2019

    Chamber Debuts "Build North Central" Publication

    The Chamber and the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation publish a report entitled “Build North Central: Promoting the Industrial Heart of Massachusetts” with recommendations to support the region’s manufacturing industry and fuel economic advancement throughout the region.




    Chamber Celebrates 35 Years

    The Chamber celebrates its 35th Anniversary of “Building Businesses, Building Communities”!

  • Big Apple of New England Unveiled

    In July 2019, local dignitaries and community leaders help the Chamber and its tourism affiliate, Visit North Central Massachusetts, officially unveil the “Big Apple of New England” outside the Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center on Route 2 in Lancaster.  This giant red apple structure, which stands at 10 feet tall, is the largest apple sculpture of its kind in all of New England.  The apple was installed outside the Johnny Appleseed Visitors’ Center to honor the region’s strong agricultural heritage and connection to apples and that icon of American folk history – Johnny Appleseed.



    HYPE Rebrands to Young Professionals of North Central Massachusetts

    In September 2019, the Chamber rebrands its HYPE group (Helping Young Professionals Emerge) to Young Professionals of North Central Massachusetts. The Chamber also establishes a steering committee to create and establish useful and educational programs for young professionals across North Central Massachusetts.

  • Talent Compact is Formed

    The Chamber convenes the North Central Massachusetts Talent Compact as an outgrowth of the Chamber’s Build North Central: Promoting the Industrial Heart of Massachusetts report published in late 2019. The compact, comprised of business, education, workforce, and community leaders is established to facilitate partnerships around addressing the complex talent and workforce challenges facing the region.



    Fitchburg Moves to Single-Tax Rate

    In a major win for local business and for the economic advancement of the region, the Fitchburg City Council votes to move to a single rate at their annual tax hearing, eliminating the dual tax rate. The Chamber played a major role in advocating for this historic move – both to relieve the tax burden on local businesses and make the city more competitive for future investment. It is a powerful example of the impact that the Chamber can have when it harnesses the collective support of the business community.

  • Chamber Testifies on Education Reform

    The Chamber takes a leadership role in advocating for meaningful education reforms at the state level that align with the needs of employers and better prepare students for the workplace. The Chamber testifies before the legislature regarding the need to ensure every student is exposed to career exploration and workforce readiness programming while in school. The Chamber also joins with other business groups to advocate for greater funding for industry credentialing courses in the state’s high schools.


  • 2020


    Chamber Launches Work North Central Jobs Resource

    The Chamber and its economic development arm, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, launch a new localized online jobs board called to help connect job seekers to employers in North Central Massachusetts. Visitors can search for employment opportunities located within the 27 communities of North Central Massachusetts. Thousands of job opportunities have been posted on the online resource since its launch.

  • Chamber Releases Economic Profile Study

    The Chamber releases a new report that provides an in-depth look at the twenty-seven communities that comprise North Central Massachusetts.  The Economic Profile was compiled by a research team at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and combines detailed economic, labor market and socioeconomic data, as well as analysis on the economic conditions within the region. The Chamber commissioned the research to support economic development efforts and serve as a resource for local businesses. You can read the full report here.



    Chamber Commissions New Regional Economic Development Plan

    Recognizing much has changed since the Blueprint for the Nineties was developed and the major impact it had in advancing the regional economy, the Chamber begins a major new economic development planning process. The Chamber conducts a nationwide search to select a consulting firm to assist in developing a new multi-faceted and actionable blueprint to guide the region’s economic development efforts over the next 10 to 15 years.  The Chamber also forms a special taskforce of business and community leaders to oversee the development of this regional plan. The scope of the project includes a deep dive into the regional economy, analyzing the real estate market and workforce, a SWOT analysis, benchmarking, interviews with stakeholders, focus groups, surveys and more.

  • COVID-19 Global Crisis Cripples Economy

    The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020 was an unprecedented crisis that impacted businesses and communities in an immediate and profound way. COVID-19 forced businesses to shut down, limited travel and gatherings, and had a ripple effect that crippled the economy.  The Chamber team immediately jumps into action, pivoting to provide leadership, resources, guidance and a strong support system to help businesses and communities adjust and respond.  Efforts during those early days of the crisis included establishing an emergency loan program, setting up a dedicated COVID-19 email hotline, launching special promotional efforts to support affected businesses, sharing the latest guidance from local, state and federal authorities, helping secure PPE for front line workers, providing information on available resources and much more. 



    Support Local Marketing Effort

    The Chamber’s tourism affiliate – Visit North Central Massachusetts – pivots its destination marketing efforts immediately towards supporting economic recovery in the region.  Within hours of the state issuing an executive order on March 15, 2020 limiting gatherings to 25 people and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, the Chamber and Visit North Central Massachusetts launch a “Take-Out Blitz” to support local restaurants and food businesses.  The promotional effort is soon replicated by other business organizations in the state and country in an effort to quickly support small businesses.  Always a strong advocate for buying local, the Chamber and its affiliates go on to develop and launch several marketing campaigns during the pandemic to support small businesses and encourage consumers to safely shop, eat and visit locally. The Chamber and VNCM invest in new locally focused content, new messaging, digital advertisements, PR and social media to promote, connect and engage with consumers. “When it Matters Most…Support Local” is used as the overarching theme for the campaigns.

  • Chamber Launches Economic Recovery Fund

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for more capital to help support its lending efforts to businesses negatively impacted, the Chamber and the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation launch a new Economic Recovery Fund. The idea for this new fund came from several financial institutions in the region that approached the Chamber with this concept of a locally supported recovery fund. Berkshire Bank, Fidelity Bank and Digital Federal Credit Union were the founding sponsors of this fund and contributed $100,000 each to help capitalize the recovery effort. In addition, the NCMDC contributed $100,000 of its own money to the new fund. Workers’ Credit Union and Bank of America contributed $10,000 each and bankHometown contributed $5,000. The funds raised were disbursed almost immediately. In an eight-week period following the start of the crisis, the NCMDC loaned out almost $800,000 in emergency loans, with the smallest just $2,700 and the largest $54,000. The recipients were all vulnerable and underserved small businesses, including a bike shop, a gym, hair salons, coffee shops, local restaurants and more that were impacted by the economic disruption from COVID-19.

    To help shore up its lending capacity, the NCMDC goes on to secure a $500,000 loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  A grant from Commonwealth of Massachusetts helped support the SBA’s requirement for matching funds for a Loan Loss Reserve.



    A Message for North Central Massachusetts

    Recognizing the level of fear and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Chamber introduces a special video for the public on its social media channels titled “A Message for North Central Massachusetts”. The video was intended to send a message of hope, community and resiliency that would help inspire and raise spirits during the economic shutdown and health pandemic.  With help from our members, the video premiered just ten days after the Governor announced a public health emergency and instituted restrictions. The video was very successful, being viewed by over 65,000 people in the region, and receiving many positive comments on the tremendous impact it had on the region’s morale. 

  • Chamber Pivots to Online Programs

    The Chamber cancels all face to face events, meetings and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. But recognizing the critical importance for businesses to stay informed and connected, the Chamber makes it a priority to continue delivering relevant programming to members – hosting over one hundred different online programs during the year to help inform, educate and connect members and communities. The programs range from free educational webinars on how to take advantage of relief efforts to monthly “Live Chats” with the Mayors of Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner. Prominent speakers hosted on Chamber programs during the pandemic included the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, the region’s legislative delegation, federal officials, economists, thought leaders and more. 



    EDA Grant Award

    The Chamber’s economic development arm, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, is awarded a grant of $946,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration under the CARES Act to establish a new revolving loan fund to assist with economic recovery in the region. The NCMDC structures this new loan program to provide loans of up to $150,000 with very flexible terms, low fees and interest rates as low as 1% for existing businesses impacted by COVID-19 and 5% for start-up businesses.  Monthly payments are also deferred for up to one year on the loans to assist with business recovery.   

  • 2021

    One North Central Plan

    After an extensive 18-month planning process, the Chamber unveils One North Central, a regional economic development plan intended to help guide the region’s collective economic development efforts over the next 10 to 15 years, providing for sustainable growth.




    Chamber Named Finalist for Chamber of the Year

    The Chamber is recognized as a finalist again for the prestigious National Chamber of the Year Award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in recognition of its operations and impact in the community.  

  • Work North Central Career & Hiring Event

     As an outgrowth of the One North Central plan, the Chamber hosts this regional career and hiring event to connect job seekers and students with employers and resource providers in the region. While the Chamber has hosted a variety of job fairs and related programs in the past, this new annual event expands the concept to include multiple resource partners, educational programing and direct onsite career counseling.



    Inside North Central Massachusetts

    The Chamber launches a new podcast series called Inside North Central Massachusetts as a new communications channel to engage and inform businesses and the community at large. The podcast series focuses on the people and issues affecting the communities in North Central Massachusetts.  

  • New Latinx Initiative

    The Chamber partners with several community groups and the Cities of Fitchburg and Leominster to launch a new effort to engage and support the Latinx community in North Central Massachusetts.   Latinos comprise the largest minority group in the region and are playing an important role in contributing to the economy, including starting businesses at three times the rate of the general population.  However, research found that Latinos and other minorities were less likely to take advantage of available resources within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as established business networks like the Chamber that are so vital to achieving success in business.  As part of the initiative, which also had its roots in the One North Central Plan, the Chamber provides direct multi-lingual technical assistance, access to PPP loans through local banks, micro-loans and grants and hosts roundtables to engage and inform Latinx business owners. 



    First Latina Chair Appointed

    Rachel Lopez, President of Resource Management, Inc. in Fitchburg is elected as the first Latina Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

  • Mini Grants Provided

    The Chamber, in partnership with New Vue Communities, launches a new mini-grant program to support small businesses in the region with their recovery from the pandemic. The program provides $60,000 in small grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 that are used for professional services that help small businesses in the region.



    Lending Efforts Expanded

    The Chamber’s economic development arm, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, secures over $2.25 million in new federal and state grants to help expand its lending efforts. With this new capital infusion, the NCMDC goes on to provide over $1.75 million in loans in 2021. The average loan amount is just $20,000, the smallest loan is $2,200 and the largest at $150,000.  

  • Loan Size Increased

    The Board of the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation votes to increase the maximum size of its loans to $250,000 and expand its loan program to include commercial real estate mortgages.  The real estate loans can be used for a first mortgage for purchase, rehab or expansion of an existing structure or a second mortgage with a participating financial institution.  


  • 2022


    Visitor Center Renovations

    The Chamber’s tourism arm, Visit North Central Massachusetts, renovates the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center on Route 2 in Lancaster, including upgrading the interior; improving security and accessibility; and adding new amenities to improve the experience for visitors and to better showcase the region’s communities, local attractions and businesses.

  • Equitable Credential Attainment

     A North Central Massachusetts team comprised of the Chamber, Mount Wachusett Community College and the Spanish American Center are selected to participate in the Equitable Credential Attainment Cohort program offered through the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  The initiative supports communities in building partnerships that allow more workers, and particularly BIPOC workers, to gain the credentials or degrees they need to secure well-paid jobs with career advancement opportunities.  The Chamber led team was one of only seven teams selected from throughout the country to participate in this competitive program. 


  • 2023


    Chamber Unveils Major Workforce Study

    The Chamber unveils “Worker Shortages and the North Central Massachusetts Region: Engaging Hidden and Future Workers to Grow the Local Economy”, a comprehensive workforce study focusing on workforce growth challenges and solutions. The study outlines workforce barriers related to geography, skills, structure, and work-life balance, and includes short-, mid- and long-term recommendations for how to grow the North Central workforce.

  • Visit North Central Partners on Major Marketing Initiative

    The Chamber’s tourism arm, Visit North Central Massachusetts, partners with two neighboring regional tourism councils to secure a $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to support tourism marketing during the shoulder season (identified as November to April). The grant helps develop advertising campaigns over a two-year period to attract more visitors and groups to the three regions.



    The Chamber is Awarded a 5-star Accreditation

    The Chamber is awarded a 5-star Accreditation by the Accrediting Board of the United States Chamber of Commerce as a result of its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. Of the approximately 7,000 chambers in the U.S., there are currently only 140 5-Star rated chambers, representing the top three percent of all chambers in the country. In Massachusetts, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber is one of only two chambers with this prestigious accreditation.

  • Non-Traditional Scholarships Offered

    The Chamber’s Community Leadership Institute Class of 2023 takes on a community project of expanding the Chamber’s scholarship program with the addition of a new non-traditional scholarships (totaling $14,000) for individuals who do not qualify for traditional scholarships or are pursuing education or training in the trades.



    Chamber Launches Micro-Grant Program

    National Grid contributes over $100,000 to the chamber enabling it to establish a small business energy relief grant program. The Chamber then distributes one hundred $1,000 grants to local small businesses in the community.

  • North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Recognized as 2023 Chamber of the Year.

    The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) recognizes the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce as 2023 Chamber of the Year. This is the most prestigious and competitive award in the chamber industry and recognizes chambers that demonstrate excellence in operations, member services and community leadership. The Chamber becomes the first chamber of commerce in Massachusetts and New England to receive the prestigious award.



    North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Launches Emergency Loan Program

    Following historic floods affecting the City of Leominster and surrounding communities, the Chamber jumps into action to assist local businesses and the communities with recovery efforts. The Chamber reactivates its emergency hotline for small businesses, shares information and updates on response and recovery efforts and launches an Emergency Loan Program to enable local small businesses to access critical funds to help in the recovery process.

  • Chamber Launches Regional Business Investment Fund

    As an outgrowth of the One North Central regional economic development plan, the Chamber’s economic development arm launches a Regional Business Investment Fund (RBIF) to encourage more real estate development in the region. The funding can be used by developers for engineering, soft costs, site work, infrastructure, and hard costs for specific developments in the 27 communities that make up the North Central region.


  • 2024


    Chamber 40th Anniversary

    The Chamber celebrates its 40th Anniversary of providing leadership and impact!

  • Chamber Convenes the Manufacturing Council of North Central Massachusetts

    The Chamber convenes the Manufacturing Council of North Central Massachusetts as a natural extension of its work to support of the manufacturing industry and the regional economy.



    North Central Chamber of Commerce Establishes the North Central Massachusetts Land Bank, Inc.

    As an outgrowth of the One North Central plan, the Chamber establishes the North Central Massachusetts Land Bank, Inc. as a new non-profit corporation with a mission to advance, encourage and promote economic, commercial and civic development in communities throughout North Central Massachusetts. The Land Bank is intended to partner with developers, nonprofit service providers, and government in the 27 communities that comprise North Central Massachusetts through brokering, land banking and other assistance to help support economic development.