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Chamber Committees

The direction of the chamber is steered in part by our chamber members in conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff. All working committees of the Chamber consist of one volunteer Board Member Chair and at least one Staff Liaison, who work together to set the agendas. Other committee participants include any current active member of the Chamber, with the exception of the Finance and the Economic Development Committees, which are by appointment only.

If you have a particular area of interest, we encourage you to please get involved. New committee members and ideas are always welcome!  Just contact the appropriate Staff Liaison for more information.

Business Education

This committee develops and implements educational and skill-building seminars, panels and workshops that provide our members with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in their business.

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond

Economic Development

This Committee addresses all the economic related issues that pertain to the Greater Newburyport region. Ad-hoc Committee Members include the Mayor, City Council President, Planning Director, as well as State Representatives and State Senators from our district. 

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond 


This committee evaluates and analyzes the Chamber's finances. Presides over 2 sub-committees: Budget Review and Personnel. Personnel assists the Chamber office in updating Policy and Procedures and also looks at long-term planning to keep the Chamber abreast of any changes in personnel-related laws.

Chair  Daniel Schaffner, Fritz DeGuglielmo LLC, CPAs

Staff Liaison  Terry Thompson

Golf Tournament

This committee assists the Chamber with all aspects of planning and organizing the annual golf tournament held each June. It is open to golfers and non-golfers alike.


Mark Bailey, Chase & Lunt Insurance

Scott Eaton, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond


This committee addresses all issues relating to manufacturing and industry located in the Greater Newburyport area. It conducts an annual economic survey of all industrialists within the Newburyport Industrial Park and hosts guest speakers.

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond 


This committee is responsible for the chamber's overall branding and messaging and other forms of marketing communications. It also presides over the following subcommittees: Newsletter, Website and Visitors Guide.

Chair  Julie Ganong, Chococoa Baking Company

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond

Non Profit

This committee addresses the needs and concerns of our nearly 100 non profit members who have unique needs including fundraising and development, board development, volunteer management issues and more!

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond 

Resident Advisory Council

This committee brings residents together and works to bridge the concerns of both the residential and business communities in Newburyport.

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond


The Retail Working Committee acts as a clearing and advisory body for the entire retail sector of chamber members. They also coordinate and select topics for the two at-large meetings held for all retail, restaurant and service providers held in March and September.

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond

Special Events

This committee looks at all chamber special events that happen throughout the year. They also review and consider new events as needed.

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond

The Wedding Event

This committee assists with the planning and coordinating of The Wedding Event, a bridal showcase, held every year.


Paula Simpson, Carry Out Cafe

Lori Guertin, Essex Street Inn

Staff Liaison  Ann Ormond