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 can have a major impact on business, income, and future growth of the area.
Benefits of Being a Member
The Chamber is an advocate for business in the community and works to remain aware of 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. Read more about the benefits here.
- 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 a Chamber Operates
The Chamber board of directors’ positions are all voluntary. They are the policy-making body of the Chamber of Commerce. Its chair and members are elected and consist of the number of board members and executive members. The actions of the board are directed by its Bylaws. The chair of the board presides over all meetings of the board and minutes are taken.
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:
- Networking Events (Business at Breakfast, After Five Mixers)
- Fundraising Events (Chamber Golf Classic)
- Corporate Sponsorships
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)
Jackie Kavanagh, General Manager
Amber Campbell, Office Administrator/Bookkeeper