Lexi R. Branson is executive director of federation programs and grassroots at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
With thousands of chambers of commerce thriving today, it’s no secret that chambers are an integral part of business communities nationwide. And while the primary purpose of a chamber of commerce is to serve its community and the businesses they represent, often times chambers are in the background, pulling strings and making magic happen without garnering much attention.
That’s why Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day, which takes place on the third Wednesday of every October, is a great time to highlight the work that chambers do every day to promote free enterprise, boost the economy, and celebrate their local communities.
Let’s look at some of the behind-the-scenes work chambers, including their staff and volunteers, do on a regular basis.
Advocating on Behalf of Business
Chambers of commerce are the voice of their local business communities with policymakers and government entities. Whether it’s lobbying for favorable business regulations or advocating for the interests of local small business owners, when it impacts the business community, you an count on your chamber’s involvement.
Promoting Economic Development
From attracting new businesses to their communities to helping existing businesses expand, promoting economic development is a top priority for chambers.
Helping Businesses Thrive
Chambers provide the resources local businesses need to grow and thrive, like networking opportunities to connect with new customers and other businesses.
Whether it’s promoting tourism or engaging communities in major events, chambers of commerce place bettering their communities at the top of their to-do lists.
Join us in thanking your local chamber of commerce for their work today and every day. Not a member of a chamber? Let’s change that!