We’re committed to the ideal that a strong business community is essential to the vitality of South Hadley, Granby and the surrounding communities.
We help members succeed by serving as a resource for advice, experience, and networking. Our members benefit from a Chamber that uses technology and innovation to advance our mission.
South Hadley Town Of South Hadley is located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts on the east side of the beautiful Connecticut River, South Hadley is a town of rolling hills, beautiful vistas, friendly residential neighborhoods, and thriving businesses.
Although settlement began in 1725, it was not incorporated as a town with its own representative in General Government until 1755. Today our approximately 20,000 citizens have a representative Town Meeting. Please visit South Hadley’s Town Meeting Members web page to correspond with them.
South Hadley is the home of Mount Holyoke College, the oldest continuing institution of higher education for women in the country, many beautiful historic buildings and homes, the Firehouse Museum, Hadley Falls Canal Park, near the site of the first navigable canal in the United States, the Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, and other recreational areas. It is about a half hour drive from Springfield, only a few minutes drive from Northampton and Amherst, Massachsuetts, and within an easy drive of Boston, Hartford, Albany and New York City.
South Hadley split off from Hadley in 1753. At that time Granby was part of South Hadley. Granby split off from South Hadley in 1768. Granby is an agricultural and residential community of 6,200 people. Working farms, open spaces, and a traditional New England town center preserve the rural character of Granby. The Town Of Granby is conveniently located minutes away from the commercial and cultural offerings of the lower Pioneer Valley.
The following are the Officers of the South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce for 2013
Steven Markow, O.D.
PresidentDr. Markow opened Village Eye Care across from the Village Commons, South Hadley, in 2001. He graduated from UMass, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Animal Science. He then received his Optometry Doctorate from the New England College of Optometry, Boston. He also was an associate professor of Optometry and Chief of Low Vision Services at the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences in North Miami, FL. He now resides in South Hadley with his wife Jennifer, both are members of the South Hadley Lions Club.
FIRST VICE PRESIDENTMarvin received his M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and has attended various executive management programs, including the Harvard Agribusiness Seminar.He was instrumental in helping to start Stony Brook Community Church in South Hadley where he and his family attend and he serves as chairman of the ministry council. Marvin also serves as Board Chairman for the Pioneer Valley Christian School.
SECOND VICE PRESIDENTChris works for Chicopee Savings Bank as Branch Officer at the new South Hadley office, located on Rt. 33. "Being a native of South Hadley and graduating from SHHS, it brings me great pleasure to be affiliated with the South Hadley/Granby Chamber of Commerce."
TREASURERAlexandra Wearn has been the Assistant Branch Manager for the Granby office of Florence Savings Bank since 2007. Alex has been the Treasurer for the South Hadley / Granby Chamber of Commerce since January 2008. She is Chair of the Finance Committee and also a member of the Membership and Community Betterment Committees.
Director AT LARGERay was born in Fort Devens, MA. His father was in the service, which lead to alot of traveling in his early years. When his father retired the family settled in Manchester when Ray was a teenager. Ray has been an administrator for 37 years. He has been the Administrator at Wingate in South Hadley for 3 years.
Director at largeDale is a website designer (he created this website), photographer, videographer, multimedia presentation consultant, Professor at Springfield Technical Community College, Chair of the Town Meeting Electronics Communications Advisory Committee, Town Meeting Member, and member of the Cable Television Advisory Committee. He can also reduce your energy bills in MA,CT,NY,NJ,PA,DE,MD,DC,IL.