Q: What is a Chamber of Commerce?
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).
Q: What does a Chamber do?
With over 100 years in the province of Alberta the Chamber federation is a grass roots, community driven membership organization.
A Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business. Chambers harness energy, champion ideas, and collectively move forward sensible solutions for small business. They advocate on behalf of the business community at all 3 levels of government and are successful in these efforts due to their non-partisan nature. Chambers provide solutions to businesses’ toughest problems, overcome barriers to growth, and work to build welcoming and inclusive business communities. Chambers serve to ensure the interests of the business community are at the forefront of municipal, provincial and national decision making. Many Chambers provide educational opportunities and host events that showcase and celebrate local business successes through a variety of creative marketing efforts.
Q: How does a Chamber run?
While many chambers are staffed, volunteers are key to the chambers success. The Board of Directors provides leadership, sets goals, volunteers time and expertise to keep the Chamber of Commerce moving forward. Chambers are funded through membership fees, partnerships with likeminded organizations, sponsorships and a variety of events like speaker series and trade shows.
Q: What a Chamber is NOT
Despite common misconceptions, Chambers are not banks or government organizations. It is important that people and businesses are made aware that chambers are not-for-profit, membership-driven organizations.
Q: Who can become a member?
Any business or person who believes that a vibrant business community is the foundation of a strong place in which to work and live.
All are welcome – there is something for everyone!
Q: Why join a Chamber?
- Chambers offer opportunities to connect and get involved.
- Membership is an investment in the present and the future of a community’s welfare
- Every member has a vote on matters the chamber is involved in
- Chambers offer a variety of valuable opportunities
- The cost of membership can be easily recovered by access to the many Value Added Benefits [link to page] and exposure for businesses
Q: 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 the 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.