To the Newberry Jonesville area! We hope that your find the spirit of our community one which will encourage you to make your home and business here. Our Chamber of Commerce is committed to preserve, promote and improve the commercial, civic and general welfare of the business community within the City of Newberry, Jonesville and surrounding areas through the stimulation of economic growth and promotion of civic development. We have a wide and diverse chamber that includes non-profits, individuals, businesses and everything between.
The City of Newberry received the 'Main Street' designation from the State of Florida in 2006, which enabled us to greatly enhance the look of the downtown Newberry Area. It was also the year our chamber changed its name to reflect our business partners in Jonesville. The Main Street organization and the Jonesville area have been key partners since they’re inclusion to further our mission and objective.
All in all, this is an exciting time to be a resident of Newberry and Jonesville. We encourage you to get involved, get to know your city and community, and to enjoy what we already know to be true: this is a great place to live, work and play!
To facilitate the interaction between the citizens, government, and businesses of Newberry and Jonesville, Florida in order to improve both the economic welfare and quality of life.
To be considered an outstanding organization that is an active and vocal advocate for both the businesses and residence in our communities. Helping shape our area for the better for many years to come.
We Meet Please check our events page to see further details on location, sponsorship and speakers.
Membership Committee (Chair: Megan Eckdahl)
This committee works to provide tangible benefits to the chamber membership, encourage participation, educate the membership as to the services and features available to them, and to expand and retain the membership base while communicating any issues the members have to the board.
Events and Banquet Committee (Chair: Joy Glanzer)
This committee meets to review and develop ideas for Chamber sponsored and community events. They assist with volunteers at local networking events; for example the Afterhours events, Annual Banquet, procuring booths at local festivals and organizing the Volunteers of those booths as a chamber benefit. Current local festivals are: Newberry Main Street Unity Day, The Watermelon Festival, Newberry Main Street Fall Market Festival, and The Tioga Arts Festival.
Chamber Political Action Community (CPAC) (Chair: Gil Levy)
This committee's goal is to sustain a high level of communication between the Chamber and the community at large. They work closely with City and County Officials to promote a healthy economic climate and partnership between business, government, and the community.
Budget and Finance Committee (Chairs: Pat Perkins and Blake Fletcher)
This committee works with the Treasurer to develop near- and long-term financial plans and strategies for our chamber.
Paper Publicity and Public Relations (Chair: Joy Glanzer)
This committee maintains the paper advertising and promotion for chamber events. Organizing and promoting the directory, relocation packet, and monthly Newsletters. As well as assist with taking pictures at any local events the Chamber is involved with.
Online Publicity / E-mail (Chair: Megan Eckdahl)
This Committee handles our online branding, marketing and publicity as well as online public relations, insuring that the website is current, maintaining and updating Social Media profiles, and portraying the face of the Chamber online. Responsible for sending out weekly e-mails informing the chamber, and maintaining an accurate online database of our current membership.
Ambassador Committee (Chairs: Pat Perkins - Jonesville and Jeff Rizzo - Newberry)
Ambassadors are volunteers who visibly represent their companies to our membership by serving as hosts and hostesses at the monthly luncheons. Getting members to volunteer for activities and welcome new members. They will also reach out to Chamber members to offer assistance as well as recognize long term members.
Town of Tioga/Jonesville Committee (Chairs: Pat Perkins and Gil Levy)
This committee promotes Chamber memberships and activity in the Town of Tioga/Jonesville area. Also assists ambassadors with the quarterly luncheons in that area.
Scholarship Committee (Chair: Pat Perkins)
This committee organizes, runs, and promotes the Newberry/Jonesville Scholarship fund which provides money for continuing education of local students.
Bylaws and Procedure Manual Committee (Chairs: Blake Fletcher and Megan Eckdahl)
This committee works the first part of the year to insure that the bylaws are current and up to date as well as reviews and works on our procedure manual.
Office/Internship Program Committee (Chair: Megan Eckdahl)
This committee organizes, runs, and promotes our office and lends assistance to other committees while volunteering their time in the Chamber office.
The Non-Profit Internship program assists students and non-profit organizations by matching their needs with each other creating a situation that works well for both the organization and the student. Begun by the Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce, it assists students attending high school and college achieve their education and life goals , while giving the appropriate non-profit company human resource assistance. We match the student and the non-profit, depending on needs and goals of both. This program assists city and non-profit programs while benefiting the student in their credits, and life goals with the assistance of school guidance counselors.
Internship requirements with the Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce
The candidate needed for internship with the Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce must be able to work at least 18 hours a week or somewhat close to that during business hours of 8 - 6 PM. The person needs to have reliable transportation to Newberry and surrounding area to work in the office on a regular basis.The candidate should be well spoken, have good business skills and etiquette, computer skills, including to be able to use Word, and Excel. The candidate should have e-mail access . The candidate should have basic office skills, and be great on the phone. They will need to call members, meet members, and also handle mail , and make informational packets. Good sales technique is a plus, and may lead to a commission or part time job position if the candidate is able to refer new members to our Chamber of Commerce.
Officers (Executive Committee) - This committee is comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Past President.
The President - Oversees all committee Chairs, and also chairs the Nominating committee while being the public face of the Newberry Jonesville Chamber of Commerce.
The Vice President - Presides over the Annual Banquet Committee, which is an extension of the Events committee.
The Treasurer - Presides over the Finance Committee
The Secretary - Presides over the Historical Committee, which is to preserve the record keeping of the Chamber of Commerce.
The past President -
Support of Economic Development
Your Long term Success: As a local business owner, it’s likely you understand just how important growth of the area you do business in is to your long term success. As a member of the Chamber, you’ll be taking a positive step toward supporting economic development in your region. Your membership alone will make a strong statement that you believe in, and choose to be an active participant in, your local business community.
Direct Representation to Local Government
The Chamber is active in participating and having a presence at local government meetings and hearings to be a voice for our local businesses, speaking on behalf of the best interests for those businesses.