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WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization which represents businesses, associations, and/or any individual who wishes to become a member.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

A Chamber of Commerce is an organization that acts on behalf of its members to develop business contacts, promote economic development and the community it represents. It works to promote civic, commercial, industrial and agricultural progress in the community.
It also strives for legislation that is beneficial to its members and community.

HOW DOES A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPERATE?

The decision making body, known as the Council, elected by the members at the annual general meeting, will include a president, treasurer, secretary and eight other members.

The meetings of the Council are open to all members although they may not take part in the proceedings.

A member of the Chamber can be any reputable person, association or indirectly engaged or interested in trade commerce or the economic and social welfare of the district.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

  • The AHCC is the only legally recognized organization representing Member businesses and community stakeholders throughout Almaguin Highlands
  • The AHCC non-profit status allows for the organization to partner with government groups (municipal, provincial and federal) for funding and projects  
  • The AHCC has been integral in developing successful regional promotional initiatives and was the leading organization executing the Business Retention and Expansion study this past year which provides our area with key factors critical to the sustainability of our local economy 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT MEMBER BENEFITS

PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS:

  • Advertisement Opportunities - If you join as a business or special group, your business is listed and searchable as a member in the AHCC website business directory and as a member you are entitled to lower rates for advertising in the Almaguin Highlands Community Guide
  • Preferred Pricing with such suppliers as Grand and Toy, Ancorra (Group Insurance), Esso fuel discount, Preferred rate on Credit Card processing (First Data), Home/Auto/Travel discounts through Johnson Insurance just to name a few.   Please contact us for more information.

 

BUSINESS RESOURCES:

  • Participate in various workshops, seminars and presentations. Learn about social media, business best practices and new products and/or services.
  • Make connections that matter.  Grow your network by attending our 'Business After Hours' evenings, Funder's forums and other events. Get connected with funding and business support organizations, local business operators and more. 
  • Resources for businesses to grow by connecting with local and provincial government funding programs and grants such as the Canadian Summer Student Jobs Program 
  • Stay in the loop with local business and community news through our website blog and community calendar.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 

  • Let your voice be heard! Your membership entitles you to vote on Chamber business at monthly general meetings. 
  • Scheduled monthly meetings.  Running from September to June and featuring a variety of speakers and presentations. 
  • Be involved with your community. Join the Chamber at various community events such as the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade.

 

Become a member today! 

 

MEMBERSHIP TYPES AND FEES

AHCC has created a Tier Memberships Program in an attempt to best represent the various stakeholders within our region and improve collaboration with and among municipal governments throughout Almaguin Highlands.  The membership types and associated membership fees are as follows:

  • Businesses with 9 or fewer employees
    • Cost: $200
    • Voting: 1 vote per business
  • Businesses with 10 or more employees
    • Cost $300
    • Voting: 1 vote per business
  • Special Groups – Non-profits, Charitable Organizations, Church Groups, Schools and Municipality Funded Groups (eg: Public Library)
    • Cost: $50
    • Voting: 1 vote per organization
  • Community Members (definition – anyone not qualifying under any other category)
    • Cost: $50 (1 member per family unit)
    • Voting: 1 vote per family unit
    • Notes: including anyone who wants to be involved – no advertising, or any other Chamber benefits as presented by Ontario or Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Municipalities:
    • Cost: Free
    • Voting: None
  • Municipal Economic Development Committees
    • Cost: Free
    • Voting: 1 vote per each EDC 

 

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