CROWN POINT - Crown Point is forming a chamber of commerce.
An organizational meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at Frenchman's Restaurant.
The meeting will include the the election officers and adoption of by-laws.
"The chamber's goals will be shared and all are welcome to bring their input and ideas," said Supervisor Bethany Kosmider, who has worked on the chamber formation along with an exploratory committee.
Kosmider said more than a dozen businesses have agreed to join the new chamber. Leaders of the new chamber declined to name charter members until the organizational meeting.
"All Crown Point businesses and interested community members not signed up yet are encouraged to do so at Frenchman's anytime before the event, as well as that night," Kosmider said. "The opening celebration will begin at 7 p.m. A drawing for two door prizes will be included and members are encouraged to bring their business cards to enter."
Nancy Ockrin of Stoney Lonesome Bed and Breakfast and Joe Bodette of Frenchman's Restaurant are the acting co-chairs until officers are elected.
A chamber exploratory committee has been working since last June with Ockrin as its chair.
"We feel a chamber can help us with our identity, town pride, call it what you will," Ockrin said. "There is a lot of enthusiasm in Crown Point and we hope to harness it."
Ockrin said the chamber's immediate goals are to increase membership and to develop an internet presence.
"We are a separate town," she said. "Anything we can do to promote ourselves, to identify ourselves, can't hurt. I think people are excited."
Crown Point businesses are eligible to be members of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. The Ti chamber has 160 members, 15 from Crown Point.
The new Crown Point chamber will not compete with the Ti chamber, Ockrin stressed. She noted her business is a member of the Ti chamber and she intends to remain a Ti chamber member.
"We won't be like the Ti chamber," she explained. "We're much smaller and don't have Ti's resources. This is simply a way for Crown Point businesses to get together and help promote our community."
Matt Courtright, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, welcomes the new Crown Point chamber.
"We look forward to working with other organizations to market and promote the area," he said. "The more we can do and work together the more beneficial it will be to the entire area.
"I have been invited to the meeting on Feb. 1 and plan to attend," Courtright said. "Creating partnerships and working together is the only way to truly succeed. TACC offers an array of benefits to its members and is working hard to improve and expand upon them."
A chamber of commerce will not be new to Crown Point. The community had its own chamber in 1956 and 1957.