From Pikeville to Paducah and Florence to Franklin, at the heart of the local economy and the backbone of the nation's economy, you'll find a chamber of commerce. Celebrating and promoting the diversity and uniqueness of their communities, chambers of commerce help form the fabric of America.
Chambers of commerce are business associations, incorporated as a 501(c)(6), that work diligently to improve the economic, cultural and overall business climate of the area they serve. Chambers of commerce are typically private not-for-profit organization that are not part of local, state, or federal government, though chambers do often partner with government to accomplish the chamber mission.
Chambers of commerce are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and organizationally are composed of a combination of volunteers and professional staff. Volunteers serve in a variety of areas including committees, workgroups, directors and officers. Professional staff members devote their efforts to building strong organizations, community partnerships and carrying out the policies of the board of directors, which represent the interests of the membership.
Chambers of commerce are funded by a combination of membership dues and non-dues revenue sources. Non-dues revenue is a glowing example that the entrepreneurial spirit is both supported and practiced by local chambers. Non-dues revenue is frequently generated from events, sponsorships, contracts, and sales of various products and services.
Today’s chambers of commerce focus on a broad range of activities and support for both businesses and communities. There are numerous reasons why your business should join a local chamber if it is not already a member.