The First Chamber of Commerce & Its Evolution

Now, with over 4,000 Chambers of Commerce in the United States alone, it’s hard to imagine a time in our local City when Chambers didn’t exist. Joining the local Chamber of Commerce is often a natural order of doing business these days and a viable avenue for community members to connect.

If we take a look back to the past, we will understand the significant role of Chambers and even find answers to questions we may have always wondered such as: 

  1. When was the first Chamber of Commerce founded, and how did its policies and practices evolve?
  2. Why do many business professionals now look to the Chamber for support?

United States Chamber of Commerce Founded

The first known instance of the “Chamber of Commerce” was developed by the City Council in Marseilles, France, in the late 17th Century!

While the first Chamber of Commerce in the United States originally started in New York in 1768, it wasn’t until 1912 when the United States Chamber (US Chamber) was officially founded as a National Federation in Washington DC. Created by President William Howard Taft, he established the Chamber to counterbalance the labor movement of the time. Codes also needed to be developed for governing trade, and in these early years, the Chamber’s role had nothing to do with legislation.

For a time frame of reference, The first President of the United States Chamber of Commerce was Harry A. Wheeler, Vice President and Director of the Union Trust Company, beginning his Chamber role a mere two weeks after the great Titanic sunk.

President Taft’s Vision for the Chamber of Commerce

Taft had a vision for business. His vision is evident through an address he gave to his constituents during an annual US Chamber meeting in 1913, which stated:

“I am confident that with your marvelous growth, the sound principles upon which you have established your association, and the great opportunities that present themselves, the future of this organization will show it to be one of the real non-official factors in the progress of our country.”

Marvelous growth was correct! In the first year of the US Chamber organization, they brought on 297 commercial organizations and 165,000 firms and individuals. This growth continued and expanded with Chamber policies, influences, and programs, to name a few.

Public Opinion and Policy

Chambers began to influence public opinion and policy significantly. For example, in 1925, the US Chamber was instrumental in supporting President Calvin Coolidge’s legislation to contract for airmail services nationwide. Shortly after that, the US Chamber raised $1,750,000 for flood relief in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Socio-Economic Influences

As Chambers began to arise in more State and local governments after World War II, a socio-economic influence became prevalent in the Chamber underpinnings. Businesses championed housing, unemployment, and education opportunities, to name a few. President Kennedy spoke to the Chamber about the importance of the free enterprise system in honor of the US Chamber’s 50th anniversary.

Youth Programs

By the 1970s, Chamber youth programs began to blossom to educate and promote the free-enterprise system. Programs quickly turned to Advocacy, such as tax reform and health care, now-defining factor to Chambers nationwide,

The United States Chamber of Commerce Continues to Grow

President Taft was correct in the vision he shared way back in 1913; as of today, over 100 years later, the US Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as State and local chambers and industry associations. Additionally, there are over 43 Policy Priorities, including Cyber Security, Space Policy, and Environmental Affairs.

Currently, Suzanne Clark is the President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. With women first being appointed to Chamber committees in 1944, the United States has progressed a long way towards gender equality.

Social Media and a Globalized Chamber

Speaking of progress, the globalization of the World Wide Web with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have transformed business exposure in the modern world of Chamber organizations.

Now more than ever, a successful Chamber of Commerce understands and knows how to maximize these powerful media platforms to serve their members, elevating and strategizing member promotions and organizations.

Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce Values Its Members

We at the Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce understand the roles of best business practices, community engagement, and public opinion. Businesses look to us for support, and we give it to them. In addition to our monthly networking meetings, eNews, dynamic social media outlets, non-profit news page, and signature events, we are PROUD to uphold our Mission Statement to our collective members:

“Promote and enhance the business community of Jurupa Valley and the residential community it serves. Assist our members in a safe and successful execution of operations, both in the immediate needs of today and the long-term needs of the future.

Guest blogger: Mary Webb

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April Jordan

April Jordan

April is the owner of Wow Your Brand. She works hard to provide excellent service for her clients and loves working with Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Jurupa Valley community. In her spare time, she loves to write and is a published, best selling author of 70 fiction novels.

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    • Annual Membership Plaque and Window Decal
    • Invitations to Exclusive Member Events
    • Advanced Invitations to Community Events
    • Videos and Training to Start, Grow, and Manage Your Business
    • Free Listing in Printed Member Directory
    • Free Listing on Chamber Website
    • Free Business Link on Chamber Website
    • Virtual Member Badge for Website and Social Media Recognition
    • After Hours Mixers
    • Monthly Networking Meetings
    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Advocacy and Governmental Relations
    • Community Exposure
    • Ambassador Program
    • Jurupa Valley Informational Resources
    • Member Spotlight

Chamber Member benefits above plus:

  • Business name on JVCC President’s Circle Investor banner displayed at events
  • Full Color logo on JVCC President’s Circle Investor banner displayed at events
  • Business name on JVCC Signature Event signage and printed programs
  • Full Color logo on JCVV Signature Event signage and printed programs
  • Business name recognition on Chamber Connection e-newsletters
  • Company bio listed in Member Directory (printed and on website)
  • Full Color logo listed in Member Directory (printed and on website)
  • Recognition on JVCC President’s Circle Investor page of JVCC website
  • Verbal introduction and recognition during events program
  • (6) Six Signature Event tickets to include priority seating when applicable
  • (2) Two complimentary meals at our monthly networking luncheons ($400 value)
  • Sponsorship opportunity at one networking luncheon event ($100 value)
  • Written blog highlighting your business on the JVCC Website
  • 60 second video showcasing your organization on the JVCC website and social media platforms         

Gold Level Investor

    • Annual Membership Plaque and Window Decal
    • Invitations to Exclusive Member Events
    • Advanced Invitations to Community Events
    • Videos and Training to Start, Grow, and Manage Your Business
    • Free Listing in Printed Member Directory
    • Free Listing on Chamber Website
    • Free Business Link on Chamber Website
    • Virtual Member Badge for Website and Social Media Recognition
    • After Hours Mixers
    • Monthly Networking Meetings
    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Advocacy and Governmental Relations
    • Community Exposure
    • Ambassador Program
    • Jurupa Valley Informational Resources
    • Member Spotlight

Chamber Member benefits above plus:

  • Business name on JVCC President’s Circle Investor banner displayed at events
  • Business name on JVCC Signature Event signage and printed programs
  • Business name recognition on Chamber Connection e-newsletters
  • Company bio listed in Member Directory (printed and on website)
  • Recognition on JVCC President’s Circle Investor page of JVCC website
  • Verbal introduction and recognition during events program
  • (4) Four Signature Event tickets to include priority seating when applicable
  • (2) Two complimentary meals at our monthly networking luncheons ($400 value)
  • Sponsorship opportunity at one networking luncheon event ($100 value)
  • Written blog highlighting your business on the JVCC Website

Silver Level Investor

    • Annual Membership Plaque and Window Decal
    • Invitations to Exclusive Member Events
    • Advanced Invitations to Community Events
    • Videos and Training to Start, Grow, and Manage Your Business
    • Free Listing in Printed Member Directory
    • Free Listing on Chamber Website
    • Free Business Link on Chamber Website
    • Virtual Member Badge for Website and Social Media Recognition
    • After Hours Mixers
    • Monthly Networking Meetings
    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Advocacy and Governmental Relations
    • Community Exposure
    • Ambassador Program
    • Jurupa Valley Informational Resources
    • Member Spotlight

Chamber Member benefits above plus:

  • Business name on JVCC President’s Circle Investor banner displayed at events
  • Business name on JVCC Signature Event signage and printed programs
  • Business name recognition on Chamber Connection e-newsletters
  • Company bio listed in Member Directory (printed and on website)
  • Recognition on JVCC President’s Circle Investor page of JVCC website
  • Verbal introduction and recognition during events program
  • (4) Four Signature Event tickets to include priority seating when applicable
  • (1) One complimentary meal at our monthly networking luncheons ($200 value)

Bronze Level Investor

    • Annual Membership Plaque and Window Decal
    • Invitations to Exclusive Member Events
    • Advanced Invitations to Community Events
    • Videos and Training to Start, Grow, and Manage Your Business
    • Free Listing in Printed Member Directory
    • Free Listing on Chamber Website
    • Free Business Link on Chamber Website
    • Virtual Member Badge for Website and Social Media Recognition
    • After Hours Mixers
    • Monthly Networking Meetings
    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Advocacy and Governmental Relations
    • Community Exposure
    • Ambassador Program
    • Jurupa Valley Informational Resources
    • Member Spotlight

Chamber Member benefits above plus:

  • Business name on JVCC President’s Circle Investor banner displayed at events
  • Business name on JVCC Signature Event signage and printed programs
  • Business name recognition on Chamber Connection e-newsletters
  • Company bio listed in Member Directory (printed and on website)
  • Recognition on JVCC President’s Circle Investor page of JVCC website
  • Verbal introduction and recognition during events program
  • (2) Two Signature Event tickets to include priority seating when applicable

Chamber Member benefits

    • Annual Membership Plaque and Window Decal
    • Invitations to Exclusive Member Events
    • Advanced Invitations to Community Events
    • Videos and Training to Start, Grow, and Manage Your Business
    • Free Listing in Printed Member Directory
    • Free Listing on Chamber Website
    • Free Business Link on Chamber Website
    • Virtual Member Badge for Website and Social Media Recognition
    • After Hours Mixers
    • Monthly Networking Meetings
    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Advocacy and Governmental Relations
    • Community Exposure
    • Ambassador Program
    • Jurupa Valley Informational Resources
    • Member Spotlight

 

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