The actual charter of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce can trace its roots to the 1912 charter of the original Norristown Chamber of Commerce, later becoming the Montgomery County Board of Trade. Over the course of the 20th century, these Chambers evolved into the Ambler, Conshohocken, Central Montco, King of Prussia, Valley Forge and Wisshaickon Valley Chambers of Commerce. We proudly welcome over 400 companies and 1500 stakeholders in southeastern Pennsylvania.
What Does the Chamber of Commerce Do?
You have probably heard that question asked at one time or another and you may have wondered about it yourself. It is a legitimate question and many people – including those to whom the Chamber is very important – have no real concept of exactly what our Chamber of Commerce is, how it works or what it is for.
There are, in fact, a lot of misconceptions about the Chamber. For example, there are those who believe the Chamber gathers statistics, prints nice brochures, visits new businesses, answers inquiries and advertises what a great place the area is to work, live and enjoy life.
They are all right, up to a point. We do all those things, and proudly so. All of those jobs are important and they are fringe benefits of the Chamber.
The primary functions of the Chamber go far deeper than those niceties. The Chamber of Commerce exists as a catalyst – a common vehicle through which business and professional people work together for the common good of the community.
A better community means better business conditions, and we work for a better community for everyone. That’s why we do what we do. This brings us back to the original question: What do we do? There is, in the final analysis, one reason for the Chamber to exist…to do whatever is necessary to keep the area’s economic condition at a level where business will risk their resources here in hope of making a profit…everything else is frosting on the cake…a means to the end.
In any community, it is from the profitable operations of business that all other benefits are derived. Only by succeeding in this fundamental goal can we provide the jobs and produce the wealth to finance all the governmental, civic, educational, cultural and charitable needs that our community is faced with every day.
This means we must do the job needed.
That leaves one final question: Who is this “we” that does all this? “We” are you. The Chamber member and all of your business and professional friends who are also Chamber members.
You are the Chamber of Commerce. You provide the ideas, the drive, the goals, the funds and the voluntary services to keep the Chamber doing what it does. We need the confidence that it can be done in our community, state and nation. We need to be available to do it, and if we can, and if we do, we will be accountable to the coming generations who will be the true judges of what we do today.
Say yes, and meet the challenge…. Become a member of The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Call 610-265-1776 for more information or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org.