Statement of Purpose

Better Business, Better Community
No other organization represents the business community like a Chamber of Commerce.

Our Purpose
The Cambridge Business Chamber engages with the broader community, is engaged in economic recovery and advocates for a healthier economy.

Positive Connections
We focus on creating meaningful connections that help our business community survive and thrive and connect our members with customers, mentors, regional business partners and resources.

Business Growth
We strive to assist the growth of local business through effective promotion and business development opportunities. Our Totally Locally Cambridge brand, Chamber Business Search, and Virtual Cambridge are tangible products in our business toolbox.

Community Engagement
Chambers have long been the face of, and advocates for, business but as any chamber professional knows, they do a lot more in the community than just business. Chambers serve as connectors for their community in common activities.

Collaborative Advocacy
With a focus on advocacy toward a healthy economy and aligning business, council and government, we can provide a voice for initiatives relevant to our members. Covid-19 saw a number of agencies including Te Waka and the Chambers of Commerce working closely together in support of our business community.
We shared resources and insights, collaborated on information and data to enhance the support chain, information, advocacy and voice of the Waikato business sector.
We continue this journey during the economic recovery of our region.

Influential Networks

Thirty Chambers throughout New Zealand, supporting over 22,000 members and part of the International Chambers of Commerce representing over 6.5 million businesses.

Our Chamber Team

Kelly Bouzaid

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly joined the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce in October 2018 having celebrated the move to Cambridge twelve months earlier from Waiheke Island.

Kelly has had extensive experience across a myriad of industries; National sales manager for a number of high profile companies, General manager for Touchdown Productions, Sales and marketing manager of the Waiheke Weekender and Gulf News and the owner and operator of Waiheke’s iconic Schooner Café.

Alongside her diverse range of skills, she will bring to the role, Kelly has also led and developed high performing teams and guided prominent companies through times of organisational change and crisis management.

“The Chamber of Commerce makes a real difference within our businesses community and I am keen to develop cohesive strategies and deliverables making the difference that matters amongst a fast paced and changing environment her in Cambridge”.

Kelly is joining the Chamber at a time of continued growth and where there is significant opportunity for Cambridge and the region, bringing fresh eyes and fresh thinking and take as we continue to provide leadership and support for our business community.

Aroha Croft

Membership Coordinator

Aroha is a well recognized face in Cambridge, as she was with Onyx  Café and Restaurant for over 10 years and recently she and husband Aaron have embarked on their own business ‘Smoke Collective Barbecue Joint” in carters flat they also run gourmet food trucks that cater festivals, private events, weddings & celebrations.

“I’m really excited about this position,” Aroha said. “I’m out for a new challenge, and tying that in with my love for Cambridge and the business side of things is absolutely ideal.”

“I have a solid love for this place, and being a part of its growth through this new job is quite thrilling,” she said.

Aroha has been actively involved in the Chamber as a member whilst she was with Onyx and she won the Waipa District Business Awards  Cambridge Employee of the Year Award in 2013.   

Felicity Mehrtens

Membership Coordinator

Felicity shares the role of Membership Coordinator alongside Aroha, and is also involved in running her own business, Water Tank Solutions, alongside her husband. She pursues a passion for art and illustration in her free time.

A long time Cambridge resident, Felicity is proud to belong to this thriving and supportive community and to support businesses and business owners in our region. 

'The more i'm involved with the Chamber, the more understand what an asset it is to our businesses'

Felicity has owned and managed businesses with a range of different models, including; importing, wholesale, manufacturing, retail, services and contracting and understands the unique stresses faced by business owners today. She is also qualified in public relations and communications management. She looks forward to using her skills to support and help Chamber Members.

Our Board

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is governed by a Board of Executives, who volunteer their time and share their expertise.

Our History & Constitution

Cambridge is awash with history – most of it emanating from very good thoughts, causes or actions – military or otherwise. And the Chamber of Commerce has its own fair share of matters historical.

The Chamber was established in 1909 and as an incorporated society, we are governed by a set of rules called the constitution.


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