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The number one reason why businesses join the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is for networking. Expanding your contacts in the regional business community is very important and the Chamber provides its members opportunities to do so on a weekly basis. In addition, the Chamber provides businesses with savings on energy use, employee training opportunities and member-to-member discounts, all aimed at improving the bottom line of our members.

The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is a business, civic and economic alliance that strives to enhance the economic vitality of Rensselaer County and the neighboring Gateway Communities of Cohoes, Green Island, Waterford and Watervliet. The Chamber also seeks to improve the quality of life in the community for both residents and businesses.

Although the Chamber works closely with all local and regional government agencies and municipalities, it is a private, non-profit association, governed by a board of directors. The Chamber is an active member of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of New York State, the Center for Economic Growth and is a founding member of the Tech Valley Chamber Coalition, "Serving New York's Tech Valley."

The Chamber was founded in 1900.

The Chamber is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors, elected by the entire membership to serve three-year terms.

It is an organization of business people within a regional community dedicated to creating and maintaining a favorable business climate and safeguarding the interests of its members.

The Chamber currently employs eight full-time staff members. They include the President, Controller, Director of Member Engagemnet & Business Development, Communications & Web Strategies Manager, Membership Manager, Executive Assistant & Office Manager and Administrative and Project Coordinator.

50 percent of the Chamber’s overall operating revenue comes from membership dues, 40 percent is generated through Chamber programs and events, and the remaining 10 percent is derived from non-dues related revenue.

Yes! The Chamber offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities ranging from the popular Ambassador Committee to the Golf Classic and the Troy Victorian Stroll. Contact the Director of Member Engagement & Events for ways to get involved today!

Yes, small business is our specialty; 85 percent of our membership consists of small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.  In addition, 72 percent of our membership has less than 20 employees.

The Chamber works closely with Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc. in Troy to ensure that every business and their employees recieve the health insurance they need.

Chamber member dues are based on the number of employees at the business. Investment levels starts at $412 and include a wide range of services and benefits. Please contact the Chamber’s Membership Director for more information and to set up a meeting at your convenience.

Throughout the year the Chamber collects nominations for potential board members. A nominating committee then recommends a slate of candidates from across the region who represent diverse business industries and non-profit organizations. Finally, ballots are mailed to all active members of the Chamber who vote on the proposed candidates.

The Chamber represents nearly 1,000 diverse businesses and community organizations, employing nearly 48,000 professionals. From sole proprietors to corporations employing thousands of people, the Chamber serves all of its members with programs and services designed to inform, educate and assist them in reaching their full business potential.

The Chamber's Economic Development Partnership strives to develop, support and sustain the long-term economic vitality of Rensselaer County. The partnership works to establish a greater awareness of the high quality of life in the County based on the strength of its regional attributes and its healthy economic climate. The Economic Development Partnership's goal is to expand and develop new business for the region by providing relevant information, contacts and assistance through marketing opportunities to regional, national and international businesses. Visit the Economic Development Partnership website for information on how to develop, expand, or relocate your business to Rensselaer County.

The New York State Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) provides a comprehensive list of all the permits needed to do business in New York State. To find out more visit GORR at Agency Building 1, 4th Floor Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12220.

(518) 486-3292

The New York State Department of Labor provides information on many services including apprenticeship training, finding skilled workers, and unemployment services. You can learn more by contacting the Department of Labor at 1660 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor Troy, NY 12180.

(518) 270-2860

Capital Region Workforce New York provides on-the-job training for new employees and reimburses businesses up to 50 percent of the new employee's wages for the training period required to achieve a specified skill level for that position. To learn more contact the Capital Region Workforce New York offices at 1600 Seventh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180.

(518) 270-2860
While there are no local economic development grants available, there are several loan programs available to businesses. For more information, visit the Chamber's Economic Development Partnership (EDP) page.

Interesting Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Chamber was recognized as “One of the Top 3 Chambers in the Nation” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for 2006-07. The Chamber competed with more than 1,250 other Chamber’s across the United States for the prestigious honor.
  • The Chamber’s current member retention rate is 89.5 percent, which is 6% higher than the national average of similar sized chambers of commerce.
  • 43 percent of all Chamber members have been active members for more than five years.
  • On average, more than 3,000 business professionals from across the Tech Valley region attended our programs and events each year.
  • The top business classifications of members are construction, attorneys, and non-profit organizations.