WHAT DOES A CHAMBER DO?
The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst - a common vehicle mobilizing enlightened members from all segments of the business community to work together for the common good of the total community. With the aim of achieving economic success, staff, volunteers and business people strive to keep their area's economic conditions at a level where businesses and residents willingly and enthusiastically risk their capital in their community in the hope of making a profit. Everything else the Chamber does is a means to an end (events, mixers, fundraisers and meetings).
WHO FUNDS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE? The Chamber of Commerce is funded by the membership with the assistance of fundraising activities.
WHO RUNS THE CHAMBER? A Board of Directors, elected by the Chamber of Commerce's members, runs the organization. The Board, serving as volunteers, sets the policies and goals for the organization. If the Chamber of Commerce is large enough, the Board employs an administrative head.
WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO? Volunteers provide the ideas, the drive, the goals, the funds and the voluntary services to keep the Chamber of Commerce motivated and operating.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF MEMBERSHIP? The major benefit of membership is the Chamber of Commerce acts as the unified voice of area businesses, including industry and professional firms. The Chamber of Commerce also provides their members with value-added programs available only to members. The savings from these programs often offsets the cost of membership. Strong membership involvement in its activities will increase the impact and effectiveness of the organization. Chamber of Commerce membership is an investment in the present and future of the individual's and the community's welfare.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF A CHAMBER TO THE COMMUNITY? In any community, it is from the profitable operation of business that all other benefits result. Only by succeeding in this fundamental goal can a community provide the jobs and produce the wealth to finance all of the cultural, charitable and various other needs a community is faced with everyday. The Chamber of Commerce has always stood for promoting business; monitoring municipal, provincial and federal governments; and championing managed growth in the local economy. So by investing in your local Chamber of Commerce, you invest in your own prosperity - both as a business person and as a member of the community.
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Contact the Chamber Office by Calling 780-532-5340 or email us.