I am often surprised to hear from fellow business owners that they are not members of their regional chambers of commerce. Reasons vary from “the chamber only benefits tourism related businesses” to “I am too busy for networking events” to “my business is too small to benefit from a chamber membership.”
While the chambers of commerce certainly do work to promote our region as a destination, and offer networking and educational opportunities which can be of value to any business owner, this is just part of their mission. The chambers work to promote an area’s economic vitality as a whole while advocating for every business, at both the state and local levels of government, on the critical issues confronting the business community.
As active and enthusiastic members of both the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, we see firsthand how these organizations also work to support every business in their region by providing educational opportunities, and in seeking solutions to the myriad of challenges every business owner faces every day. The return on investment that we have received from our chamber memberships has been invaluable.
Here are just a few of the chambers’ recent accomplishments:
Larry Drago is President of BizChecks Payroll Service, a local, complete, privately owned Massachusetts payroll company, processing payrolls throughout New England, with the majority of clients on the South Shore, Cape and Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.