Wikipedia defines a chamber of commerce as a form of business network or a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. A chamber of commerce is not a governmental body or institution, and has no direct role in the writing and passage of laws and regulations that affect businesses. It may however, act as a lobby in an attempt to get laws passed that are favorable to businesses.
Many times chambers are recognized only as social clubs hosting mixers and other fun-gathering events. But a well-organized chamber becomes a true advocate for businesses and aims to connect business, government and its community at-large.
Your Ceres Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are hard at work, leading a charge to strengthen the economic health of our community, working with both public and private sectors to make Ceres a vibrant city where citizens are engaged, happy and proud to live, shop, work and play here.
Times have changed and a new mind-set must be adopted if we are to "Move Ceres Forward." Therefore, the Ceres Chamber of Commerce is embarking on a new strategic plan of its own to assist the public and private sectors to achieve a healthy economy, a vibrant community, and a strong foundation for future growth.
As part of this strategic plan, the Chamber is looking to partner with government and public agencies to disseminate information on programs available to assist in establishing and maintaining healthy businesses.
Additionally, the Chamber is looking to identify individuals who are willing to participate as board members or ambassadors to help shape the future of our chamber and our community.
Most importantly, we are hoping to infuse a positive lifestyle for our citizens and a pleasant visit to those just passing through.
If you are interested in joining the Ceres Chamber of Commerce as a Chamber Member, Board Member or Ambassador, please call the Chamber office at (209) 537-2601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Champions for Business."