What is a
Chamber of Commerce?

Your chamber of commerce is a voluntary organization of citizens who are investing their time and money in a community development program - working together to improve the economic, civic, and cultural wellbeing of the area.

There are two primary functions of a chamber of commerce: first, it acts as a spokesman for the business and professional community and translates the group thinking of its members into action; secondly, it renders specific services of a type that can be most effectively rendered by a community organization both to its members and to the area as a whole.

How does it function?

Your Chamber of Commerce functions through the working committees of the organization. Money, planning, inspiration, and guidance are useless unless the members work vigorously on the committee of their choice.

The goal of the Program of Work is always to create more dollars for more people and to improve the economic welfare of the community.

Every member has a voice in determining the policies and projects and every member is needed to work on active committees to get the job done.

Who is the Chamber?

Members

Business, organization, professional, and individuals working together for the betterment of the community.

Board of Directors

Elected by the membership, these individuals are charged with determining the policies, which direct the affairs of the chamber. Directors do not implement policy; they employ an administrator to carry out Board decisions.

Officers

The Executive Committee ordinarily includes the President of the Board, President Elect, one or more Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Past President. The officers provide direction and leadership to the Board.

Staff

The Executive Director is hired by the Board to be responsible for the daily management of the chamber, and for employing and managing the staff.

Committees

The organization's objectives are best achieved by small groups of the membership engaged in common effort.