Five Town Chamber of Commerce

East of the River

Chamber of Commerce

East of the River

Chamber of Commerce

The East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce promotes an environment that fosters the economic growth of the towns of East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, and Wilbraham through the creation and expansion of businesses and jobs.

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Conversations with the ERC5 is a weekly podcast with members of the East of the River 5 Chamber of Commerce to discuss their business,  their involvement with the community, and other various topics. Watch our recent episode here or on our Youtube Channel!

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After over five decades of dedicated leadership, Harry C. McGill, long-time owner of McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc., has announced with much pride, his retirement and the successful transition of the company to his children, Ainsley McGill-Gaboury and Alex C. McGill. The transition represents a continuation of the family legacy and a commitment to sustaining the company’s values of excellence and customer satisfaction.

This move, that took place on December 31st, 2023,  ensures the future of the thriving family business founded by Harry’s father, Harry A. McGill in 1962. Both Ainsley and Alex, serving as Vice Presidents for the past decade, bring extensive experience and a shared passion for excellence to their new roles as co-owners.

Ainsley and Alex, each possessing years of expertise in operations and customer relations, are uniquely prepared to guide McGill Hose & Coupling into its next chapter. With Harry’s legacy of excellence as their compass and their own vision for the future, Ainsley and Alex are poised to propel McGill Hose & Coupling to even greater heights. The company’s future is bright, driven by a team committed to quality, and an unwavering dedication to serving its customers.

Non-Profit Spotlight:

The Michael J. Dias Foundation consists of volunteers committed to helping individuals and families; and supports the goal of drug-free communities. Their mission is to aid and educate individuals and families on substance use disorders and help those that are battling the disease of addiction. The foundation currently operates three sober living communities; Michael’s House, Sean’s Place, and Christian and Brian’s House. Each sober living community supports men in the early stages of their recovery and provides them with a place where they can live in a community of their peers. A place where they can support each other and are provided with staff who understand what it takes to get on and stay on their own individual road to recovery.


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Beer & Wine Tasting

February 29th, 2024

Join us for a one-of-a-kind networking event that you won’t want to miss! The North Centra Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, the WRC and the ERC5 Town Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with Paul Frasco from Pro&Local to bring you an unforgettable evening on February 29th, Sadie Hawkins Day!
We have partnered with some amazing local breweries to provide you with a diverse selection of craft beers.  Joining us will be Loophole Brewery, Vanished Valley, Two Weeks’ Notice Brewing Company, and Red Brewster Brewery.  With such a fantastic lineup, this promises to be a perfect combination for a fun evening.
Not only will you enjoy great drinks, but you’ll also have the chance to connect with professionals from both Massachusetts and Connecticut.  This event is all about forging new relationships and discovering exciting business opportunities that can benefit us all.

Fabulously Fearless Coffee Hour

February 29th, 2024

What do you do with an extra day? You gather your friends and empower yourself with knowledge to elevate yourself and your brand.

At our coffee hour, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and learn valuable insights to take your personal and professional growth to new heights.  

Whether you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or simply someone looking to expand your network this event is the perfect platform to gain inspiration, exchange knowledge, and build meaningful relationships. 

Hampden County Chambers Unite to Fill the Food Bank

March 27th, 2024

The Hampden County Chambers stand united in our commitment to join forces to support The Food Bank of Western Mass in their mission to fill the shelves and hearts of those in need.  

It is with great pride that we gather to contribute to this vital cause.  We recognize that food insecurity should have no place in our society, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that no family goes hungry. 

Through this event, we aim to collect a bountiful supply of rice and beans, staples that are not only nourishing but also versatile, to be distributed among the network of organizations fighting food insecurity.  Together, we will make a difference by providing sustenance to those who need it most. 

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