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Unravelling the Myth of Chamber Funding


In the often-busy world of business and commerce, the Chamber of Commerce stands as a pillar of support for entrepreneurs and businesses alike. However, there exists a common misconception that chambers are primarily government-funded entities. The reality is quite the opposite – a mere 15% of chamber funding comes from the government, while the lion's share is sourced from its members. It's time to unravel the myth and shed light on the true essence of the Chamber of Commerce.

At its core, a Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization with a clear mission to foster economic growth and prosperity within a community. By bringing together businesses, both large and small, chambers create a network where ideas are exchanged, collaborations are forged, and challenges are collectively addressed.

The financial backbone of chambers is the support and contributions from our members – businesses that recognize the value of a unified voice advocating for their shared interests.

Contrary to popular belief, chambers operate independently from government control. We serve as advocates for members, championing policies that promote a thriving business environment. The funds generated from memberships enable chambers to organize events, provide educational resources, and offer a range of services tailored to enhance the success of our members.

In essence, the Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic force, fuelled by the energy and commitment of its members. It's a testament to the power of collective action, where businesses unite to propel not only their interests, but also the prosperity of the entire community. So, the next time you think of the Chamber of Commerce, envision a vibrant community of businesses driving change, innovation, and growth, one member at a time.


Norman Leach
Executive Director
Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce