is a Chamber of Commerce?
chamber of commerce is a community's business advocate. How
this mechanism is best utilized is determined by the needs and
desires of business and the community.
chamber of commerce may be defined as a "vehicle"
for mobilizing people to accomplish agreed-upon goals for the
betterment of the community. Its purpose specifically would
increase business growth and development of jobs within the
Assist in the orderly growth and development of the community
and its people
contribute to building healthy markets to assure economic stability
retain the private enterprise system with free competitive markets
spirit of volunteerism and a desire to contribute something
back to the community are two important building components,
helping to lay the foundation of a chamber of commerce. The
organization is run by a board of Directors who have been elected
by the Chamber's membership. Membership is open to any firm
or individual who shares a common interest in improving and
enriching the community. Members pay annual dues as their contribution
to the organization and to help compensate expenses of the chamber.
A variety of services, publications, programs, and events are
made available to the membership and their employees free of
charge or at a reduced cost.
board is earmarked to set the policies and procedures for the
chamber. These standards become the responsibility of the paid
administrator (Executive Director). She along with her staff
work with volunteers on task forces or committees to develop
and implement courses of action for program/events, position
statements, issues, etc.
chamber's activities or issues can be virtually unlimited. Again,
this is determined by the needs of its members, the community,
as well as the ability of the chamber. Projects are undertaken
only after sound and thorough analysis of their value and importance
is determined. A chamber can be a civic clearing house, a public
relations counselor, a legislative representative at the local,
state, and national level, and a research and promotion medium.
put, a chamber is people working together to make their community
a better place to live, work, and invest.