Member Benefits

What is a chamber of commerce?

A chamber of commerce is a group of businesses that supports the interests of its members. Each chamber of commerce will elect its own leadership and decide what agendas to pursue. A chamber does not create laws, but they may influence pro-business policies by lobbying legislators.

How can joining one help my business?

If you’ve considered joining a chamber of commerce, you may have wondered how membership can benefit your business. Let’s look at three advantages of joining a chamber of commerce.


Many business owners join their local chamber of commerce for networking opportunities. You’ll meet other members of your community and form business relationships.

Over time, the relationships you build can lead to valuable business partnerships. Plus, if your business ever runs into trouble, you have a network to turn to for assistance.


When you join your local chamber of commerce, your business will be listed in the chamber’s online directory, and your business could be highlighted in other chamber publications.

You can also increase your publicity by sponsoring events and advertising with your chamber. Plus, customers think more favorably of businesses that are part of a chamber of commerce and are 63% more likely to make a purchase from your business in the future.

Access to discounts

When you join a chamber of commerce, you’ll receive access to discounts on things like shipping, office supplies, and software. Plus, members may offer discounts and special rates to other members.

These types of savings quickly add up and could soon repay your membership fees. And you could receive new business referrals as a result of being part of your local chamber of commerce.

How to make the most of your membership

If you decide to join your local chamber of commerce, the most important thing you can do is get involved. Attend the meetings, make an effort to meet other business owners, and look for ways to help them grow their businesses.

Take advantage of any free publicity you receive through your membership and positive brand recognition. View your chamber of commerce as a valuable business tool, and make the most of all the perks that come with membership.

Source: US Chamber of Commerce

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