Business Climate

Business Sector Contributions
With over 90% of the tax base derived from residential property, the business sector does not comprise a large portion of the community, but it does contribute significantly to the community's character. The businesses offer a variety of employment and business opportunities as well as goods and services for consumers.

As diverse as the manufacturer of specialty papers and films to a world renowned educational institution, the principal employers in South Hadley are wide ranging (a list of these employers is provided in the Community Profile). With proximity to employment centers throughout New England, it is no surprise that South Hadley residents have usually enjoyed a relatively low unemployment rate.

Chamber of Commerce
South Hadley has a Chamber of Commerce which promotes the local business interests and offers information on the community.