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About the Chamber


A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial, and industrial progress of their community.  The Chamber has a major impact on business, income, and future growth of the area. 


Benefits of Being a Member

The Chamber is always on the lookout for issues that could affect Carleton Place and District businesses and our community in a positive or negative way. The Chamber engages in dialog with representatives at all levels of government. The Chamber provides information and feedback to help promote increased understanding of our member's concerns.

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Member-to-Member Discount Program
  • Free Business Listings
  • Marketing and Promotional Opportunities
  • Group Health Care Coverage
  • Community Involvement and Betterment
  • Discounted Training
  • Lobbying and Representation
  • Business Tools and Resources
  • Helps You to Stay Informed


How it Operates

The Chamber board of directors’ positions are all voluntary.  They are the policy-making body of the Chamber of Commerce. Its president and members are elected and consists of the number of members (currently 10) and the Executive Committee: The President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Past President. The actions of the board are directed by its Bylaws. The president of the board presides over all meetings of the board and minutes are taken.




Directors or Executive Committee

The executive council or committee consists of a specific number of Board members as defined by the chamber’s bylaws. It also exercises the powers of the board between those times when the board meetings are held.



A committee system is the most effective means of harnessing energies and abilities of volunteer workers. Their roles and responsibilities are defined by the Board of Directors and the chamber’s strategic plan. Committees are responsible to the board of directors and normally report to the President, either directly or through the Administrator.  Currently, there are two monthly committees in operation. Membership Value and Events, and Finance/Strategic Planning


How it is Financed

The Chamber of Commerce is primarily financed by member funding in the area of membership fees and/or corporate sponsorships and non-dues revenue. Support from business and professional interests in the community is essential to finance the Chamber programs that are vital to community growth and development. Non-dues income includes:

We are also involved in the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, Purolator Special Chamber Member Discount Plan, and First Data Special Discount Merchant Services (which have revenue shared within the Chamber). Membership fees are dictated by the membership and any changes must be approved at the Annual General Meeting.


What does the Chamber do?

  • Encourages relationship building through networking opportunities
  • Offers professional development opportunities
  • Provides creative business leadership and effective coordination of all interested parties in solving community problems and initiating constructive community action
  • Coordinates the efforts of commerce, industry and the professions in maintaining and strengthening a sound a healthy business climate in the surrounding area
  • Creates broad understanding and appreciation of the great opportunities in the surrounding area and to promote the advantages and assets of the community
  • Promotes a better understanding of our private enterprise system
  • Delivers assistance to the community through engagement in community events
  • Brings encouragement and engagement to the young leaders of tomorrow (including the awarding of bursaries)