What is a Chamber of Commerce?
The Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of businesses who band together to encourage and promote a positive, balanced, and vital economy. The Chamber promotes and supports commerce and commercial development.
Who runs the Chamber?
A volunteer Board of Directors sets policies for the Chamber. Those policies are implemented through committees and 3 paid staff.
What does a Chamber do?
The Chamber is the voice of business and a direct connection to City Hall. Networking opportunities are available several times each month for members to make contact with potential clients and customers. The Chamber provides promotional opportunities and advertising discounts. We are also your connection to the Legislative issues confronting today’s businesses. The variety of the Chamber’s activities is virtually unlimited, depending on the ability of the Chamber to meet those needs as a business organization.
Who pays for the Chamber?
The Glendora Chamber is a non-profit 501c6 organization which operates through membership dues, income generating events and a City of Glendora stipend.
Can I file a complaint with you regarding a business?
The Glendora Chamber does not operate in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau. We do not log complaints or take action against members. You may however call the Chamber to find out if they are a member in good standing. A business that belongs to the Chamber contributes to a stronger business community.
Can you tell me if a business exists in Glendora?
Yes, if they are a member. If not, we will be happy to refer you to the city business license department. Everyone doing business in Glendora is required to have a business license.
What if I don’t have time to become involved?
While we encourage members to attend networking events, there are still many ways to achieve the maximum benefit of Chamber membership. Advertising opportunities as well as discounts available in local media, business referrals, free listings and legislative information, are just a few. All members are listed on our website, in our membership directory and our map of Glendora which are produced bi-annually.
Is the Chamber involved in Legislative issues?
The Chamber has a Legislative Action committee who meets once a month and makes recommendations to the Board. The committee also hosts a quarterly luncheon featuring a speaker to address current issues. The Chamber keeps its’ members informed on current and upcoming issues that involve businesses through emails and the Chamber newsletter, The Business View.
Can I use the Chamber logo in my marketing?
Absolutely! The Chamber proudly hands out window decals and membership plaques to new members and encourages members to use the Chamber logo on their marketing materials, website, and letterhead.
What else does the Chamber do to help the Glendora Community?
The Chamber is a community resource center. In addition to providing a lobby for members to advertise, we provide much needed meeting space for various local organizations, hand out new resident information packets, as well as disseminate information to the community. We also participate in the holiday basket and Santa program, award scholarships to our local school districts, recognize a Citizen of the Year recipient with an annual banquet, and co-sponsor the annual Flashback Car Show which offers advertising opportunities for businesses and brings visitors to the Glendora Village.
What do I need to do to join?
If you are interested in joining the Chamber, you may do so by completing the on-line application found in the membership section. If you still have more questions and would like to meet with a Chamber representative, please give us a call and we would be happy to sit down with you and go over the benefits of membership.