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About the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1989, the chamber serves the general economic trading region encompassing Northeast Berks County.

The area includes the school districts of Brandywine Heights, Fleetwood, and Kutztown. Also included are the boroughs of Fleetwood, Kempton, Kutztown, Lenhartsville, Lyon Station, and Topton and all or part of the townships of Albany, District, Greenwich, Longswamp, Maidencreek, Maxatawny, Richmond, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, and Windsor.

Boardroom @ NBCC


Open for Members & Non-Members

Located in our Office, the Boardroom has a capacity to seat 14 comfortably. It can be used for most needs ranging from Career Fairs to Workshops.

Rates:
$25/hour for Non-Members
Free for all Members in good standing

Email HH@northeastberkschamber.com to book now!

OPERATIONS:
The Chamber office, located in the National Penn Bank building at 110 West Main Street in Kutztown, is open Tue. Through Fri. from 9AM to 2PM.  Chamber operations and program administration are the responsibility of the Executive Director and the Asst. to the Executive Director.

ORGANIZATION:
The Chamber's leadership consists of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee, headed by the Chamber President, establishes policy and procedure and is comprised of the Chamber's officers which include the president, the vice-presidents, the secretary and the treasurer. The Board is responsible for adopting all policy and procedures and has oversight accountability for the solicitation and expenditure of all funds.

MEMBERSHIP:
The Chamber consists of approximately 270 individual members including; large and small business owners, institutions of learning, financial institutions, doctors, dentists, attorneys, engineers, retailer, wholesalers, telecommunications companies, individuals, social service organizations, and civic organizations. Click here for more information about membership.

MONTHLY BUSINESS MEETINGS:
Monthly chamber business meetings are held on the third Friday of the month beginning at 7:45 AM. (Place of Venue and speakers are announced approx. 1 month prior to the event.) Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 610-683-8860; fax 610-683-8544 or by online registration.

OUR MISSION

The mission of Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce is to be a resource and a voice for its members and those who are not yet members.

 

OUR VISION

We shall be the premier business resource within the communities we serve.

Promote business and community growth and development opportunities
Support stakeholders through services, education, and strategic alliances
Advocate for economic development and cultural growth

Our History

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce celebrated a milestone in September 2019—its 30th Anniversary of incorporation. An original listing of 114 Founding Members published in 1989, from what was then a newly formed Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of many "artifacts" that represents the first chapter in the evolving story of our regional nonprofit business association. Carl Ziegler, the first chamber president; Paul Lilienthal, the first chamber executive director, and Robert J. Hobaugh, Jr., Esq., chamber solicitor for 30 years, are among the Founders of the organization. Other founding officers were Patti Snyder, first vice president, and Archie Follweiler; Dr. Richard J. Karr; and Reno C. Unger, all vice presidents. Karl W. Zinn served as treasurer, and Ronald R. Delp was secretary.

Originally, the Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce established its service area as the East Penn Valley, including five Boroughs--Fleetwood, Kutztown, Lenhartsville, Lyons, and Topton, and eight Townships, including Albany, District, Greenwich, Longswamp, Maidencreek, Maxatawny, Richmond, and Rockland. Early members were businesses, civic and fraternal organizations, community groups, and Kutztown University. Businesses located in Western Lehigh County were and are also members. Years later, in September 2007, the Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce re-incorporated as the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce when the service area expanded.

Today, members represent areas within Northeast Berks County, Western Lehigh County, and other parts of Berks County, including the western suburbs. Our 30th Anniversary is significant, as it causes us to reflect upon the Founders' early mission—and to consider the ways in which we actively balance the traditions and culture rooted in our organization with inevitable transformation in the form of new partners, new approaches, and new ideas. The 30th Anniversary represents a time to recognize and thank our Founders, Founding Members, Members, Board, and Staff; a time to inform our audience about organizational history and accomplishments; and a time to re-Vision for the future. We hope to continue serving our community for years to come!