Our chambers are: Auburn, Blackstone Valley, Central Mass South, Wachusett Area, and Webster Dudley Oxford. These affiliations allow each chamber to be both local in focus and yet regional in planning.
This model partnership among our affiliate chambers enhances and expands regional capabilities and opportunities in economic development. Likewise, it allows for the successful promotion of the entire Worcester region as a great place to conduct business and experience a high quality of life. View the Chamber’s Service Area Map.
Bordering Worcester to the southwest, Auburn has much to offer its business and residential community. Incorporated in 1778, the town was primarily a farming community until the early 1900s when industry in nearby Worcester was booming and Auburn became a burgeoning suburb with residents who commuted to Worcester. Today, Auburn’s population of more than 16,200 enjoys a community that offers convenient access to just about anywhere. The Massachusetts Turnpike has an Auburn exchange, and the town is near Interstates 290 and 395. State Routes 12 and 20 both pass through Auburn.
Auburn is a favorite destination for shoppers from all across New England, thanks in large measure to the Auburn Mall, with anchors Macy’s and Sears and the many plazas along Routes 12 and 20. For history buffs, the town features a monument commemorating one of this century’s most momentous events. In 1926, Dr. Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel-propelled rocket in Auburn, an accomplishment that represented the first step toward space exploration.
The town’s strong and active Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to nurturing Auburn’s many strengths. Initiatives include fostering relationships among citizens, businesses, the educational community, and local/regional governmental agencies.
Since 1979, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce has worked to promote the economic vitality of the 11 towns that comprise Blackstone Valley, meet the needs of the Chamber’s business members, and provide leadership on issues that impact the economy and the quality of life in the Valley.
Known as the “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution,” this picturesque region is steeped in the history of the Blackstone River and the mill communities that it spawned. These mills have been the subject of many restoration projects that continue today. Although the Blackstone River Valley includes the cities and towns from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce encompasses the Massachusetts towns of Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge.
The chief partners of the Chamber are the BVCC Tourism Association, BV Education Foundation and the BV Regional Economic Development Council. With the expansion of route 146, there has been a resurgence of growth and the undertaking of significant projects in the Valley. The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a leading force in the region leading it into a vibrant future.
Central Mass South Chamber of CommerceThe Chamber of Central Massachusetts South comprises 11 communities to the west and south of Worcester. They are the communities of Sturbridge, Southbridge, Charlton, Spencer, Brookfield, North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Holland, and Wales.
The area is known for a gracious lifestyle and beautiful scenery making it a popular destination for tourists. The region has a long, proud history in manufacturing, particularly in the areas of optics and precision machining. With roots dating to the early 1800s, the region currently plays host to several national and international optics manufacturers with applications in the medical, military, security, space and solar technologies, and telecommunications.
The Central Mass South area offers the ambience of small, friendly towns and comfortable suburban neighborhoods that make for quiet New England living. By far the greatest treasure of the Central Mass South area is the people. New Englanders believe in a stable government, old-fashioned work ethics, and a love of the land. From the stoic early settler James Dennison, who came to the area in 1728, to the Wells family and their recreation of an 1830s era town in Old Sturbridge Village, they take pride in the forbearance and creativity exhibited by the area’s people.
The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce serves the towns of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston. The Chamber was formed as a volunteer organization made up of business and professional people dedicated to the economic well-being of its service region.
The Chamber has established partnerships local town governments and organizations to address issues of mutual concern. The Chamber also is affiliated with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Members of the Wachusett Area Chamber have access to the Worcester Chamber’s resources, programs and advocacy while retaining their autonomy in a smaller community chamber.
Membership is diverse, including home-based businesses, small businesses and large corporations. This diversity brings vitality and strength to the Chamber’s programs and support the positive influence those programs have on the community.