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What is a Chamber of Commerce?
It's actually quite simple -- a chamber of commerce is a group that's dedicated to protecting and promoting the local business community. It's primary goal? To be the eyes, ears and voice of business owners, oh yeah, we help business owners network and grow their business.
Chambers of commerce have existed almost as long as there has been commerce. It was back in the Middle Ages that tradesman banded together in groups to look out for their business interests. In 1599 the first organization to call itself a chamber of commerce was formed in France, and in 1770, King George III chartered the first chamber in the colonies in New York City.
Why should you join?
In the era of email, social media, and texting, local chambers of commerce may seem like dinosaurs. However, these business organizations remain one of the best ways to network with other entrepreneurs in virtually any community. Membership brings credibility to your business! Let’s start with some important research data according to a study conducted by the Schapiro Group, showed that 63% of consumers were more likely to purchase a product or service from a Chamber member.
This isn't about networking; this is about gaining friends, associates and advocates.
The age-old adage applies here — “out of sight, out of mind.” While many companies are looking to be seen in the cyber world and are doing a very good job of it, nothing sells your business better than being in front of people face to face.
Chambers offer a wide-range of advertising options and sponsorship packages. A business can sponsor entire programs or events through a chamber.
Some business leaders in large companies have expressed the feeling they’re too big or not local enough to require local chambers of commerce services. One flaw in that thinking is they and their employees are very much a part of the local economy, regardless of the number of franchise locations they have in other states. Ongoing education Based on member surveys and ongoing member communication, chambers can provide speakers at events or links to expert articles through emails and newsletters that members specifically request.
Programs & Events
Chamber events include business training luncheons, networking specific events, awards banquets, city celebration events and many others specific to each chamber. All of these events are designed to build your business in some fashion, whether through training, promotion, networking or community service and can be the perfect addition to the other methods a business employs for building their business.
A Big Thank You to Our Builders
Message from your CEO
Hi, my name is Tony Siress. I am a Mountain View native and third generation resident of our great city. It is important that you know, I had no idea what a Chamber of Commerce was until the summer of 2014.
My first bank account was opened in 1965 at the Wells Fargo Bank right outside the Chamber offices. I had no idea what that little building was in the back of the parking lot. This is all going to change.
A little history about me. I co-founded my first startup in my early 20’s, I am a serial entrepreneur and love problem solving. I have built global teams with multi-million dollar annual budgets. For the past 10 years, I have been investing in companies and advising business owners. Most recently, and how I learned about the Chamber, I co-founded a non-profit focused specifically on public safety for my home city of Mountain View.
I care about SMART growth, smarter, leveraged transportation, expanded office space and much more housing.
Stay tuned for some exciting changes:
We recently launched our new membership platform that better engages our members and visitors
We are working on new workshops, seminars and summits to help businesses grow and prosper
We will be launching better tools to educate and empower our businesses regarding pending regulations or legislation that could affect them
We will continue to connect our community non-profits with volunteers so they can thrive and serve
I invite you to join us and help make a difference! Only by working together, can we ensure a strong, sustainable and exciting economic future for Mountain View!
Our vision is to continually improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring and facilitating business success.
Advocacy: Lobbying and Educating as the Voice of Business for Mountain View and the greater Silicon Valley
Business Growth: Improving the quality of life in our community by inspiring and facilitating business success
Economic Competitiveness: Collaborating with regional partners to accelerate a globally competitive economy
Diversity & Inclusion: Fostering economic inclusion to allow every possible advantage for economic parity. a vibrant economy and community prosperity
Leadership Development: Growing and retaining informed, qualified leaders for the future.
Why should a Tech Startup Care?
I am sure finding office space is one of the key issues for a new startup. You got your funding from Y-Combinator or 500 Startups and now you are ready for a growth round, but you cannot find office space. This is a issue that we here at the Chamber work through our Business Issues and Public Policy team to advocate and lobby City Council and City Management. The more businesses we have behind us, the louder our voice and the higher the probability we will succeed. We have been working with the City Government for over 90 years. We have developed a excellent working relationship with them and they look to us to help guide them.
Some of our Programs
Most people think that the City of Mountain View puts on the annual Art & Wine Festival, but that is not the case. For the past 44 years, the Chamber has grown this fund-raising event to over 200,000 visitors. We are proud of this work. So we will bow and take credit and thank the 500 volunteers that help make this the largest fund-raiser possible.
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