The future of the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce could be determined at a meeting later this month.
Attendance at the chamber’s annual meeting March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Glengarry Sports Palace will help the board of directors to decide whether the organization should fold. The chamber has cautioned of a “very real risk” that the group will disband unless more business people come forward to volunteer. One businessman, Naval Gupta, has come forward with a concrete way of raising the chamber’s profile. “I offer my Alexandria building if needed for running the chamber in a more recognized way as I believe that having no visual exposure did hurt the chamber a few years back,” says Mr. Gupta, who owns a Main Street building. He says he is “still enthusiastic” about the organization. “We should and will be able to keep our chamber going as we do need it to support local business and residents,” Mr. Gupta comments. But he also stresses the need to get young people involved. New members could be given leadership roles “and we experienced people just guide them and help them make informed and better decisions.” Anyone who is interested in helping out is asked to contact president Phil Cloutier at 613-360-1699 or e-mail secretary-treasurer Melodie Neiderer at neider[email protected]hoo.com