Like most of New England, Belknap County is comprised of close-knit communities. The small-town nature and long entrepreneurial history of our region has created an environment with a number of active business groups. These groups all share the common goal of strengthening our local business environment, but they are diverse organizations with slightly different geographic areas of focus, institutional cultures, and resource levels. We encourage you to explore each of them to determine which ones best fit your needs and personal style.
We are not a membership organization in the traditional sense, although we do rely on donations from local business investors to fund our operations. Our role is to act as a catalyst for community and economic development. We identify projects needed to enhance quality of place and the quality of our local workforce and then we find funding to turn those ideas into reality. If you would like to become a Belknap EDC investor supporting our strategic initiatives or want to sign up for our e-newsletter to stay informed about local economic trends and our activities, please send us an e-mail.
The Chamber’s service area covers the towns of Alton, Andover, Belmont, Center Harbor, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Lakeport, Meredith, Moultonborough, Northfield, Salisbury, Sanbornton, Tilton, Weirs Beach and Wolfeboro. With close to 500 members, the Lakes Region Chamber helps you connect with local service providers and offers many options for business to business marketing, direct consumer marketing, professional development opportunities for you and your staff, and tools to help you recruit the workforce you need to be successful.
The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments, accommodations and more. It promotes central New Hampshire as a year-round travel and vacation destination to bring more visitors to the area and economically benefit member businesses.
The Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) is a non-profit coalition dedicated to organizing and empowering local independent businesses and the community.
Laconia Main Street supports the growth of businesses in downtown Laconia by organizing events and promotions to generate activity and foot traffic on Laconia’s Main Street.
The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a non-profit community economic development organization dedicated to enhancing economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. It strives to achieve these goals through direct advocacy and action, plus it seeks to capture and extend the vision, energy and inter-organizational cooperation that has made Meredith into the fine town it has become.
The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce is a business organization designed to advance and promote the commercial, industrial, service, professional, tourism and retail interests of the Winnipesaukee, Squam and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire. The mission of the Chamber is to provide services to our members and to promote the area. The organization consists of over 340 businesses representing the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Holderness, Weirs Beach, Gilford, Laconia, New Hampton, and Bristol.
The Alton Business Association is a local association of business people organized to promote the commercial interests and welfare of the Alton community, by providing information and assistance to new and existing businesses located in the Alton area, and by working with members of the community and municipal representatives to promote local economic development and enhanced quality of life for the benefit of present and future residents, businesses and visitors.