Rindge Chamber of Commerce cuts the ribbon on new offices

  • Rindge Chamber of Commerce President Lynda Hunt cuts the ribbon at the new Chamber of Commerce offices, at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Rindge Chamber of Commerce President Lynda Hunt cuts the ribbon at the new Chamber of Commerce offices, at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Rindge Chamber of Commerce President Lynda Hunt cuts the ribbon at the new Chamber of Commerce offices, at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Rindge Chamber of Commerce President Lynda Hunt cuts the ribbon at the new Chamber of Commerce offices, at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/30/2019 11:40:16 AM

On Thursday, Rindge Chamber of Commerce President Lynda Hunt cut the ribbon on the chamber’s new offices – a celebration especially meaningful as the organization hasn’t had an official home for more than eight years.

“We never thought we’d have our own place again,” Hunt said before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It just wasn’t economically feasible.”

The Chamber’s new office is located at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. A new member of the Chamber board, Patricia Vargas, who also serves as the Executive Director for Cathedral of the Pines, helped to facilitate the move, which includes a manageable rental fee, Hunt said.

Hunt said she hopes the central location will help the Chamber flourish.

The Rindge Chamber of Commerce was once a joint organization with the Jaffrey Chamber, but split in 1996. While they once had offices on Route 119, it’s been several years since the Chamber had an official location, with the board meeting in municipal buildings such as the town offices or the fire station, and most recently in the real estate offices of Candy Starrett.

“We’ve been homeless,” Hunt said.

But still growing.

In the past two years, the Chamber has increased its membership by about 30 percent, Hunt said, and has been beefing up its community newsletter, business brochures, and marketing. The Chamber has been a constant contributor and organizer for annual events, including putting together welcome baskets for new businesses, providing student scholarships to Conant High School graduates, and holding regular meetings for local businesses through its quarterly breakfast meetings and Business After Hours events. But the consistent complaint was that people didn’t know how to find them, or couldn’t reach Chamber members when they called the Chamber line.

“It’s a place people can come, learn about the town, a place for our meetings and to house our supplies,” Hunt said. “This will only help us become more viable.”

Hunt said the hope is that the location will also benefit both Cathedral of the Pines and the Chamber, with people visiting one making use of the other.




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