What is a Chamber of Commerce?
The first Chamber of Commerce in the United States began in April 1912. The “US Chamber of Commerce” still exists today and focuses on protecting the interest of American businesses. The first chamber of commerce ever created was in Marseille, France in 1599. It started as a way for merchants, industrialists, traders, and craftsmen to discuss and tackle community challenges.
As is true today, the original Chamber of Commerce was created to unify business people, even competitors. Together, these professionals were able to persuade government officials and their communities.
Consider these statistics from American Business Magazine:
44% of consumers are more likely to think favorably of businesses who are Members of their local chamber.
63% of consumers are more likely to buy products or services from businesses who are Members of their local chamber.
Consumers view Chamber of Commerce Members as trustworthy and are 12% more likely to believe their products or services are better than competitors.