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 shape the fabric of America.
What is a Chamber?
Chambers of commerce are business and community associations, generally incorporated as a 501(c)(6) business. Chambers of commerce 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 funded by membership dues as well as non-dues items such as events, sponsorships, contracts, and sales of various products and services. The vast majority of chamber membership rolls are small businesses with fewer than 20 to 35 employees, on average. Today’s chamber of commerce, rather than being narrowly focused on one particular industry, issue, cause, or activity, focus on a broad range of activities and support for both businesses and communities.
What do Chambers Do?
Chambers of commerce provide opportunities for members to make an impact on critical business and community issues. Together with other talented leaders in business, community, and government, chamber members and professional staff work to make the community a better place to work, live, and play by building leading businesses and communities.
Your Polk County Chamber of Commerce is a community organization of businesses, non-profits, and individuals who have joined together to promote the economic well-being of our community. The Chamber serves as the voice of business in Polk County and supports the growth of business and industry in the area through a variety of programs and events. Whether it’s offering business classes and seminars to member companies, supporting the efforts of the school system to increase the graduation rate, promoting tourism through festivals and events, or encouraging business-to-business relationships among members, the Chamber plays a positive role in Polk County.