A History of the Chamber
Before Exeter became a city, a group of business owners came together as the Board of Trade to advocate for services that were needed for everyone’s benefit. These services included watering and tamping down the sand-based streets, providing a water system for the businesses and community, and marketing to others to entice them to bring their businesses to the area.
In 1909, the predecessor of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade, held a Citrus Fair which attracted great crowds from not only the county but from far and wide. The fair was seen as an “unqualified success.”
Since those early days, Exeter businesses have known what others are just now figuring out. In order to build a community you have to invest in it.
The City, Chamber and Community work together to promote business. Many businesses, people & organizations have taken a role in Exeter’s rejuvenation, recapturing a sense of spirit and pride. We constantly seek amenities that add appeal to Exeter. Here you’ll find friendly residents and city leaders who contribute to local programs, participate in community events and shop local.
The Exeter Chamber of Commerce and the City of Exeter work together to encourage economic development and the community at large. We are a business organization of over 300 members representing Exeter, as well as many other local communities. Acting as the Exeter Visitor Center, we are happy to greet and serve the needs of tourists, newcomers, businesses and residents.
At the Chamber we specialize in pub- lic relations and in the media relations as well as serving as advocates for businesses, nonprofit associations and other organizations ; we build and maintain positive relationships with the community. At the Chamber of Commerce we work differently than most marketing firms. We believe in the power of performance and we put our performance ability on the line for you.
- Media Contact List Available
- Member News in monthly newsletters
- Newsletter Inserts
- Bulk Mail Savings
- Press Releases
Connect with other business professionals
We can help you make new business contacts by giving you access to a wealth of potential customers and suppliers.Our events give members the chance to promote their products and services, bringing businesses, organizations and people together either informally or in a structured setting, often resulting in commercial benefits.
- BusinessAfter Hours Mixers
- Membership Breakfast
- Ribbon Cuttings
- Social Networking
Reach Potential Customers
We offer numerous chances to place your company in the spotlight .
Because we know that one reason you join the Chamber is to grow your business, we are pleased to provide specific programs, informal networking and even personalized marketing tips to you.
- Priceless Sponsorship Opportunities
- Ambassador Committee
- Online Presence
- Member Features and Spotlights
- Business Savvy
- Email Blasts
- Exeter Gift Certificate Program
- Membership Mailing Lists
Visit our Members Area for more benefits, member checklist, frequently asked questions, sponsorship opportunities, and more.