Hamilton Chamber of Commerce heads back to downtown roots

Chamber president and CEO David Adames says it's symbolic to be back in the downtown core.
Jocelyne Mainville, leasing manager for Yale Properties, joined Hamilton Chamber of Commerce chair Louise Dompierre and Mayor Bob Bratina to celebrate the chamber's new downtown office. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is back in the downtown core, and hosted its official "Welcome to the Core" office opening Thursday night.

"It was time to come back to the core," said David Adames, the chamber's president and CEO.

Adames said the chamber is "returning to its roots." Its offices existed in the downtown core from 1845 until 1990.

The chamber also announced new events and seminars that will be running at the new 120 King St. W. offices, which are in the Standard Life building in Jackson Square.

The first is a business series that Adames says will focus on small and medium businesses. It will assist local entrepreneurs with things like working with banks and how to pitch business proposals.

The business series launches on Oct. 26.

Then there's the Monday Marketing seminar, in which marketing firms that are a part of the chamber will help members understand the online advertising world and how to get the most out of Google Adwords.

The marketing seminar starts on Oct. 15.

But things won't be all business. The chamber is also hosting Fit Friday, which Adames says will highlight the need for healthy workplaces.

Chamber members will be walking, hiking and running in the community, as well as talking nutrition and eating better.

The downtown move will help with making the chamber a little more visible and accessible, Adames said. But its events will still be held throughout the entire city.

"Really, it's symbolic to have the chamber back in the downtown core," Adames said.

For more on the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, visit hamiltonchamber.ca.