The Chamber consists of over 750 members here on Nantucket! You can be one of those businesses by joining today! You can join by clicking here!
Nantucket has such a small tight-knit community that would be of great help when starting your business on the island! There is support all over from other businesses, residents, etc. The small community also makes it easier to market your business and get the word out quickly to a large number of people.
Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship
NICE is the Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship. NICE is an amazing resource to help you with your business on the island. It was launched in January 2019 with the mission of creating the optimal local environment where resources are provided, and connections are made, to support the successful launch and growth of a new business on Nantucket. The Nantucket market is distinct and very different than any other market in the region/nation. This is where NICE comes in handy. NICE strives to bridge the gap between existing resources and the highly localized needs of our entrepreneurs by offering one-on-one business coaching, group educational programs, and a network of mentors tailored to the needs of Nantucket’s unique market.
The center offers free one-on-one business consulting sessions. Typically the sessions are about 60-90 minutes, and if needed can be followed up by additional free sessions. NICE puts on educational workshops for free or at a low-cost. The workshops are on a variety of topics including creating a business plan, raising capital and effective advertising strategies.
Do you already have a business on Nantucket but want to help those who are just getting started? Perfect! NICE wants you to consider becoming a mentor and teach these entrepreneurs all about the challenges and rewards of creating a business on Nantucket.
Nantucket Chamber of Commerce
The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce is a great way to market and advertise your business! We send out weekly e-newsletters that promote new #ACKChamberMembers, events that are coming up, Islander Card deals, workshops and so much more. If you are a Chamber Member advertising on here is FREE and it gets out to thousands of people all over the island, and around the country.
Chamber ResourcesChamber Conference Room:
Need a space for a business meeting, workshop, retreat, etc? The conference room inside the Chamber is available for rent at your convenience! The room seats 25 people and with the rental you will have access to the Chambers conference phone as well as the Wifi!
Member Rental Rate: $75 / half day and $150 / full day
Non-profit Member Rental Rate: $50 / half day and $125 / full day (Learn more about ReMain Nantucket's Community Engagement Initiative and download the form for assistance!).
General Public Rental Rate: $150 / half day and $300 / full dayAdvertise with the ChamberWe, the Nantucket Chamber, offer various ways to market your business, both free & paid. Free options for your business is to be featured on social media, in our e-newsletter, and as a member you are automatically found in our printed & digital guidebook. For paid options for your business, your business can place an ad in our guidebook, send out an individual e-blast to our subscriber list, receive premium placement in our e-newsletter, place a banner ad on our website, become an enhanced member and update your Chamber webpage, and MORE! To learn more about your advertising options, click here!
Launching Winter 2019 - Nantucket VR with Giguere Interactive. Let the world tour your business, make purchases, and learn more all from the touch of their screen.
SCORE Business Resources:
12-Month Profit and Loss Project Template
Download the template by clicking here!
Track your revenue and expenses so you can forecast your profits and losses for the next 12 months
Will examine revenue, cost of sales, gross and net profit, operating expenses, industry averages, and taxes
Quick Start Marketing Plan Tool
Click here to build your own marketing plan using SCORE's Quick Start Marketing Plan Tool
Will help you compile a range of actions and solutions that you can tailor to your business
Coordinated marketing plan will increase your chances of success by strongly positioning your business and its products and services in the marketplace
20-30 minute processCan’t attend a workshop? Take a webinar!
SCORE hosts free, LIVE webinars every week on small business tips and strategies
ReMain Nantucket is an island-based organization that was established by Wendy Schmidt, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation. They conduct two kinds of activities: 1) charitable activities are conducted as an offshoot of The Schmidt Family Foundation and 2) entrepreneurial venture projects and real estate development are implemented as private, rather than foundation, investments. Both charitable activity and venture investments help to envision and empower a prosperous future for the heart of Nantucket.
ReMain uses a combination of both research and advocacy to strengthen the sustainability of the island’s downtown district. Using these tools ReMain is able to help address the islands seasonal challenges as well as works to keep downtown a center of activity for the year-round community.
ReMain: Community Strength
Local educational offerings are very important to the residents of Nantucket due to the fact that leaving the island can be a hassle, and there are many visiting students who enhance our community. ReMain collaborated with UMass Boston as well as Nantucket Community Schools to conduct a study of islanders’ needs in a report called “Learn without Leaving”. ReMain has also funded multiple educational programs by Island nonprofits, and has worked with institutions such as UMass Boston and Worcester Polytech Institute to support their students who study on the Island in the off-season.
Coming to the island without a car is the ideal way to travel. You don’t even have to worry about not having transportation because there are numerous options for getting around. ReMain Nantucket collaborates with the WAVE, Nantucket’s regional transit system to improve the rider’s experience. They do this by providing a downtown bus stop at the GreenHound property and has also helped initiate TransLoc, which is an app used to track the location of the buses in real time as well as tell you how far it is away from a stop. The WAVE now runs year-round.
Other Community Resources
Housing has been an ongoing issue on the island and has been in shortage for some time now. ReMain has provided grant funding to the Town to enable an Independent Housing Consultant to focus on public policy initiatives and developing funding sources to help alleviate this problem. In collaboration with the Civil League, the Nantucket Chamber is launching Homeshare to help employers find housing for their staff and for homeowners to rent a house, apartment, or room to a hard working Nantucket employee. To learn more about housing click here!.Other resources:
Information regarding the Town of Nantucket regulations can be found at nantucket-ma.govOther town links
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