Victor, Canandaigua chambers of commerce consider merger

Victor, Canandaigua chambers of commerce consider merger

Two area chambers of commerce could be merging, officials reported last week, as part of an effort to better serve their communities.

The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and the Victor Chamber of Commerce are looking at how their two organizations can collaborate in support of continued growth and prosperity in their communities and the region as a whole, officials said. The two chambers collectively serve more than 750 members.

“We’re excited by the prospect of collaborating with the Victor Chamber,” Canandaigua Chamber President Lauren Kolb said in a statement. “Their organization is well-run and well-respected.”

A collaboration “makes perfect sense,” Kolb said, to foster deeper relations with the two close-knit communities.

“Our respective teams are dynamic and our board members exemplify leadership and a shared vision for the future,” Kolb added. “Exciting times, to say the least.”

The two groups have put together a joint task force to assess options, identify opportunities and recommend next steps. Results are expect by mid-2018.

“Our communities can accomplish so much more together. As neighbors that share many of the same member organizations we see a huge benefit in creating a broader organization where we all have access to more: more education, more networking and more business,” said Jessica Nava, Victor Chamber’s president. “At the end of the day it’s our job to help drive bottom line revenue to help businesses grow, and together I believe we can do that.”

The Canandaigua Chamber has served the community since 1910, while the Victor Chamber traces its roots to 1962.

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