The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is the voice for businesses and nonprofits in Greater Boston's inner western suburbs. Your chamber membership supports important economic development projects in the region and lends your voice to other business and civic leaders who are working together to keep our communities strong.
"As a relatively new small business owner in Needham, I am forever grateful to the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. They have done an outstanding job pulling our local businesses together on a monthly basis where we are able to share resources, listen to guest speakers and continue to work together to make Needham thrive."
- Lauri Chmielewski, 2nd Hand Rose
Economic and legislative panels and presentations: We
host meetings and panels designed to update members on the latest economic trends, legislative activities and developments, as well as opportunities
to interact with municipal and state elected leaders and appointed officials.
Public policy advocacy: We identify and research issues that affect business at the regional, state and municipal levels. On occasion our board votes to support or oppose legislation or projects based on the best interests of our members and the larger business community.
Infrastructure advocacy: We advocate on behalf of the business community for improvements to the region’s infrastructures, including climate resiliency, road, mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian upgrades. We're also a resource for members who need assistance and guidance with permitting, snow removal, street and sidewalk maintenance, working with utilities and other concerns.
Communication: You can count on the chamber for timely updates on a variety of issues of importance to the economic and cultural vitality of our communities, including road and bridge work, major real estate and hiring trends, personnel changes, businesses in the news, regulatory changes, grants and other resources.
Shop Local/Bank Local/Dine Local and Give Local: We encourage local support of retail, banking, restaurants and nonprofits within the Newton-Needham area. Efforts have included a chamber-produced video campaign spotlighting local businesses, cash mobs, an annual holiday Arts Shop and Stroll, Spring Seasonings restaurant showcase, bi-annual Needham Street Fairs and afternoon drop-in networking at locally owned member businesses.
N2 Innovation District Initiative: The
N2 Innovation District is an area of roughly 500 acres along the Newton-Needham line that includes two
office parks and adjacent commercial streets. The N2 Innovation District project is a private-public collaboration between the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber and its member businesses along with the City of Newton and Town of Needham to promote economic development. Visit www.n2innovationdistrict.com for more information about this initiative.
Charles River Mill District: The Charles River Mill District is a public-private partnership between the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, the City of Newton, the City of Watertown, the City of Waltham and local businesses and property owners in and around the district. Our objective is to collaborate and advocate for infrastructure and regional transit improvements and on the overall marketing and promotion of the district. More district information may be found at www.charlesrivermilldistrict.com.