What is a Chamber of Commerce?

I want to thank the community for the warm welcome to Jerome. As I have been out meeting people in the community I have meet some who asked, “What is the Chamber of Commerce?” First let me say that if you don’t know you are not alone. When I started working for a Chamber I too did not know what a Chamber was or did.

Dating back to 1773 Chamber of Commerce was established to protect the interests of businesses after the Boston Team Party tragedy. The Chamber is a non-governmental institution, it does not write or pass laws and regulations, however they do advocate and lobby in attempt to get laws passed that are favorable to businesses. The Chamber promotes communities and strive to ensure the future prosperity via a pro-business climate; representing the unified voice of the employee community.

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce works to bring the business community together to develop strong local networks which can result in a business-to-business exchanges. There is no way to put a dollar value on network or relationship building opportunities generated by attending Chamber events and getting involved. Don’t forget as a chamber member all employees are welcome to attend any chamber event. And membership dues are a tax write off.

Some of the benefits of Membership include the Members directory which is an in-valuable resource. Statistics prove that 63% of consumers and businesses will reach out to you before trying a non-member business. Members can also offer discounts or special deals for other chamber members. Members can advertise in our newsletter and we offer many sponsorship opportunities. We encourage businesses to utilize the low-cost advertising/marketing options available to help build your business and generate public awareness in the community.

We are here to grow and sustain the community of Jerome together. It just makes good business sense to be a member of the Jerome Chamber. For more information please contact the Chamber.

By: Cheryl Viola, Executive Director