A chamber of commerce (also referred to in some circles as a board of trade) is a form of business network, e.g., 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. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization.
The first chambers of commerce were founded in 1599 in continental Europe (Marseille, France and Brugge, Belgium).
The world’s oldest English-speaking chamber of commerce is that of New York City, which was established in 1768.
The largest chamber of commerce in the United Kingdom is Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce with more than 5,000 members. The oldest known existing chamber in the English-speaking world with continuous records is the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, which was founded in 1783. However Leeds Chamber of Commerce is the UK’s oldest followed by Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Main tasks of the chambers are foreign trade promotion, vocational training, regional economic development, and general services to their members. The chambers were given responsibilities of public administration in various fields by the state which they exercise in order management. The chambers also have a consultative function; this means the chambers must be consulted whenever a new law related to industry or commerce is proposed.
Chambers are great for networking, obtaining the latest business opportunities, help with business development, and give you strength in numbers. They often are requested to give referrals and participate as Advisory Committee members of public agencies. Each city, including Dallas area, has chamber (mainstream) and ethnic chambers.
If you like to add your Chamber of Commerce to this list, please email name, logo, and website of Chamber firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Regional Chamber (www.dallaschamber.org)
The focus in 1909 remains today, to promote prosperity through public policy, economic development and member engagement. The Dallas Regional Chamber is a dynamic alliance serving the business interests of the region. The root of its rich history dates back to the Board of Trade, established in 1874. The initial formation of the Chamber as it now exists occurred in 1909, when three other groups – the Commercial Club, the 150,000 Club and the Freight Bureau – merged with the Board of Trade to form the original Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Ethnic chambers are excellent sources of information, confidence building and locating strategic business partners or teaming partners. Most ethnic chambers work with and support each other. They offer excellent workshops to grow your business. For example:
Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce(TACC)(www.txasianchamber.org)
The Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC), comprised of individuals, businesses and various organizations, serves as a catalyst organization for Asian business associations and chambers of commerce throughout the State of Texas. These institutional affiliates include Korean Chamber of Commerce, Japan Society, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of North Texas, American Indians Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Austin Filipino-American Association, Asian Scope, and many more.
Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC) (http://www.gdaacc.com)
The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC) is the largest Asian American Chamber in the United States since of its inception. GDAACC have been sustaining steady growth in membership. The Greater Dallas Asia American Chamber of Commerce can assist and advise individual on how to do business with public agencies and fortune companies.
Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC) (www.gdaacc.com)
The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC) is the largest Asian American Chamber in the United States since of its inception in 1986. GDAACC programs, events and affiliates are designed to facilitate the economic development in this region. Today GDAACC has over 1,200 members that include entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations and public service entities, representing 17 Asian ethnic groups. GDAACC have been sustaining steady growth in membership. The Greater Dallas Asia American Chamber of Commerce can assist and advise individual on how to do business with public agencies and fortune companies.
Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GDIACC) (www.gdiacc.org)
The Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GDIACC) is a non-profit 501(c) (6) organization created by successful Americans of Indian origin, wanting to further encourage and facilitate trade between the United States and India. In addition to international trade, the GDIACC promotes commerce in local markets, helping member company network and grow their businesses, sell to mainstream America, as well as other Indian Businesses and do business with local, state and federal government agencies.
Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce (GDKACC) (www.koreanchamber.org)
GDKACC was founded in 1976 and now represents over 800 Korean American business entities doing business in Dallas, TX. Concentrated in the area commonly known as the Asian Trade District, its members, includes major Korean American corporations, financial institutions, and non-profit organizations, operating in a wide range of sectors. It also includes honorable members such as locally based attorneys, accountants, and other service professionals connected with business in Korea.
The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) of Texas (www.pacctexas.org)
The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) of Texas promotes Filipino American business and trade, and develops opportunities for corporations, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals to network, do business with, and support the Filipino American community.
Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of DFW (TCC-DFW) (www.tcc-dfw.com)
Since February 1992, the TCC- DFW grew to its current size of 200 local business owners and executives of international businesses. The Chamber is a member of the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of North America which member counts over 5,000 prominent business owners and executives. The Chamber is also a member of the world Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce whose membership exceeds 30,000. The chamber is an active participant in the Chinese and Asian community in the North Texas region. Many members of the chamber serve on the boards of directors of major charitable and cultural organizations in the region.
Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce (TCAACC) (www.tcaacc.org)
The Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce (TCAACC) is a coalition of various Asian sub-cultures, bound by their common interests in addressing common needs of Asian community. The TCAACC has assumed responsive leadership in promoting business, education, civic responsibility, community growth and economic development in Arlington and Fort/Worth of Tarrant County.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce-SOUTHWEST (USPAACC-SW) (http://uspaacc-sw.org/)
The US Pan Asian American Chamber-Southwest (USPAACC-SW) is as an affiliate of national USPAACC headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1984, national USPAACC has been hard at work promoting economic opportunities for major corporations and Asian American- owned businesses across the United States.
United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce (USCCC) (www.usccc.org)
The United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce (USCCC) is a not-for-profit, bi-national membership organization dedicated to developing increased U.S.-China trade and investment activities by assisting American and Chinese companies, professionals and the general public to better understand the business environments and cultural traditions relevant to successfully doing business in both countries.
Dallas/Fort Worth-Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce (DFW-VCC) (http://dfwvcc.com)
The Dallas-Fort Worth Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce was formed in March 2008 by six passionate business professionals who are highly acclaimed in their fields ranging from engineering, banking, technology, accounting, communications, and real estate. Brought together by a vision of untity, support, and success, they all have felt a strong sense of service towards the Vietnamese Community in order to nurture and preserve the growth and success of all businesses and individuals.
The mission of DFW-VCC is to connect Vietnamese-American individuals, professionals and businesses to develop a strong growth environment through education, support, and networking.