What is your Chamber?
Your chamber of commerce is a voluntary partnership of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in your community.
As your chamber works to accomplish these goals, it wears many hats: economic developer and planner; tourist information center; business spokesperson; economic counselor and teacher; government relations specialist; human resources advisor; and public relations practitioner.
Simply stated, your chamber is business and professional people working together to make your community a better place for everyone to live and work.
Who are your Chamber’s members?
Chamber of Commerce members are businesses, organizations and individuals concerned with the socio-economic climate of your community. They have joined together because they know they stand a better chance of getting things done when they speak as one voice.
Who leads your Chamber?
Your Chamber of Commerce is run by its members. They elect a Board of Directors that determines policies and sets goals. A President presides over all Board meetings.
Your Chamber’s day-to-day operations are handled by a professional manager. This person is a paid employee. Some small communities have managers who are either volunteers or part-time employees.Members often become involved in chamber activities by working on committees.
These committees range from economic development, education and human resources to conventions, tourism, public affairs and governmental relations.
What are the objectives of your Chamber?
As it works to improve your community’s economy and quality of life, your chamber keeps these broad objectives in mind:
•to help businesses prosper and grow;
•to increase job opportunities;
•to encourage an orderly expansion and development of all segments of the community;
•to contribute to the overall economic stability of the community;•to encourage and promote the nation’s private enterprise system of competitive marketing.
What are the activities of your Chamber?
Chamber of commerce activities reflect community needs. They are undertaken by members and staff to make the area a better place in which to live. Some of the most popular activities of chambers include:
•Economic development: creating jobs; providing services and information to members; promoting retail activities; recruiting new businesses and industries; attracting tourists and conventions.
•Community development: planning for growth; revitalizing the downtown retail area; promoting a modern transportation system; sponsoring cultural activities.
•Human resource development: conducting economic education and training programs; developing minority businesses; encouraging job training partnerships in businesses; helping to improve health and human services.
•Public affairs / relations: communicating business and civic issues to local, state and national governments; helping citizens understand the legislative process and the free enterprise system of marketing; developing consumer affairs program; conducting economic studies and surveys.
Specific activities of chambers of commerce are usually discussed in their official publications.
How does a Chamber accomplish these activities?
Chambers of commerce usually accomplishes their activities by:
•having specific goals and objectives designed to meet the needs of the community;
•having an organizational structure with bylaws; policies and procedures for coordinating volunteers and programs of work;
•having involved and dedicated leaders that are well informed and are willing to use their time and talent to accomplish meaningful activities;
•having informed, interested and willing members to work on committees, to carry our programs of work and to provide necessary financing;
•having the financial resources to undertake programs of work and to provide administrative responsibilities;
•having skilled executive management dedicated to the chamber staff, to create programming and to sound operations