Princeton-Mercer County
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OUR PURPOSE Why are we in business?

The Chamber exists to promote business success by fostering a supportive business environment in the community. A supportive business environment is one where the following conditions are present: A diversity of economic opportunity exists in the community. The interdependence of all sectors of the local economy is recognized. Community support for and loyalty to local businesses is evident. Business networks exist and are supported by local businesses. The physical appearance of business facilities and surroundings reflects pride and caring. The attitude of local business people toward the local community is generally upbeat and positive. The business community is an effective participant in community decision making. The business community promotes involvement in community activities. The business communityís input in the public decision making process is sought and valued.

OUR SHARED VALUES/PRINCIPLES How we go about our business.

Involvement and Participation We believe the best decisions are made when people who are affected by an outcome have the opportunity to participate in a clearly defined and open decision making process. As a voluntary membership organization, we recognize the importance of involving our members in shaping and carrying out the Chamberís agenda. We also expect that adequate opportunities will be provided for the business community to participate in discussions during the earliest possible stages of community decision making and government actions which impact the business environment of Princeton and Mercer County . Key Questions: Is this an issue that directly affects the business environment of Princeton and Mercer County? What level of involvement does it require from our membership? How do we most effectively participate in the decision making process?

Service The Chamber is driven by a need to satisfy the common interests of our key stakeholders - the members of our association - as those interests relate to fostering a supportive business environment. Key Questions: Are our actions serving the common interests of a broad cross section of our membership? Can we justify to our members that time spent on this issue is contributing to a more supportive business environment?

Leadership Consistent with our purpose and values, the Chamber proactively pursues a Board-approved agenda to foster a supportive business environment. We exercise the leadership necessary to build community support for that agenda. Key Questions: On this issue, should we be leading or following? On what issues should we be leading/following? Are we spending our time leading on our issues, or following the agenda of others?

Livability Princeton/Mercer County currently enjoys a quality of life that is an essential weave in the fabric of a supportive business environment. We seek to maintain and enhance the livability of our community and its assets - the people, physical facilities, natural resources and institutions. Key Questions: Is what we are considering not only good for business but good for the community as well?


Social/Recreational Activities Annual Chamber sporting events such as the Golf Tournament, coupled with the always-popular Shrimp Feast, Princeton Autumnfest, Women's Expo, Christmas Parade and Annual Dinner offer members a full range of recreational and social activities.

Legislative/Governmental Affairs The Chamber provides leadership through direct action and education. When necessary, the Chamber organizes lobbying efforts on critical issues. We go to Charleston several times throughout the legislative session. We also cosponsor, with the Bluefield Chamber, Mercer County Day in Charleston . Special meetings with our legislators and key department heads in government take place during that time. Important legislative issues are provided to our membership electronically and by regular mail.

Cultural/Education Activities Through annual events such as Business Before Hours & Business After Hours, Get A Life and our Annual Dinner, the Chamber works hand in hand with the community to provide opportunities for education and entertainment to students, members, local residents and visitors.

Economic and Business Development
The Chamber in conjunction with MCTEC sponsors a Business Before Hours that provides economic and business development. These seminars are offered at no charge to members. We are very active in the Mercer County Development Authority and the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Both of these organizations deal with economic development and tourism. The Chamber is also very supportive of the City of Princeton and all of the communities that make up Mercer County .

On a daily basis, travelers on I-77 and US 460 are encouraged to visit Princeton and Mercer County when stopping by the Visitor Information Center at Exit 9, a facility opened due in large part to the efforts of the Chamber.



Contact Webmaster:
Keith Circle

Princeton-Mercer County Chamber Of Commerce
1522 N. Walker Street
Princeton, WV 24740
Ph: (304) 487-1502
Fax: (304) 425-0227