The Utah Association of Chambers serves as a coordinating entity for chambers of commerce throughout Utah. It connects Utah’s family of chambers into a “chamber of chambers” that promotes Utah’s business climate by sharing information and collaborating on business events, training and advocacy. Here is a quick rundown on the benefits of membership.
- Biannual Conferences: Twice a year, the Utah Association of Chambers convenes to improve the effectiveness of chambers of commerce throughout the state. These conferences include seminars, training and awards. The meetings are hosted throughout the state.
- Scholarship program: The Utah Association of Chambers uses a portion of membership dues to provide scholarships for chamber executives who enroll in national U.S. Chamber, ACCE, WACE, or other approved training courses.
- Legislative Reception: The Utah Association of Chambers joins with the Salt Lake Chamber to host a legislative reception in Utah’s capital city each year during the General Legislative Session. The reception provides an opportunity for Chamber executives and Board members to meet with elected leaders and promote business interests.
- Business advocacy: As statewide business issues arise, member Chambers share information, participate in 38-15-1 Legislative Calls and, when appropriate, take a position on public policy issues of significant importance to the Utah economy. In this way, the Utah Association of Chambers serves like a switchboard to share information, build coalitions, and take action on critical issues that impact business.
Chambers of commerce in Utah span the full range of sizes, services and specialties. Utah’s approximately 70 chambers can be organized into four general types: a capital city statewide chamber, regional chambers, community chambers and ethnic/specialty chambers. While there is some overlap, each provides a different type of service and benefit to its members and the broader community. For the maximum benefit, businesses are encouraged to join all that apply, and are often provided incentives to do so. And without exception, chambers of commerce in Utah partner to serve Utah businesses. As one prospers, all prosper. Here is a quick rundown on the types of chambers in Utah.
- Capital City Statewide Chamber: Just like the capital city serves as the center of commerce, seat of government and transportation hub for the entire state, Utah’s capital city chamber fulfills a statewide business function. The Salt Lake Chamber serves members in each of Utah’s 29 counties. It is Utah’s largest chamber and offers a range of services commensurate with a statewide chamber of commerce, including the states largest networking events, most prestigious business award (Giant in our City), class A office space in downtown Salt Lake City, and refined public policy advocacy. Its professional staff generously shares their expertise with chambers of commerce throughout the state, including the staffing of the Utah State Chamber Association.
- Regional Chambers: Regional chambers of commerce serve a broad, multi-community constituency of business interests. While their business advocacy can stretch statewide, by their very nature they are able to focus their business advocacy and issue focus to meet the needs of a sub-state area. Their ability to focus on issues important to their defined constituency allows them to provide a service that a statewide chamber cannot match. Regional chambers are also able to provide networking events, economic development, and awards that match their geographic scope. Good examples of regional chambers of commerce in Utah are the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce and Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce.
- Community Chambers: Community chambers provide an even more fine-grained level of service to their members. Regular breakfasts or lunches, ribbon cuttings, business awards and personal touch are their hallmark. Neighborhood businesses thrive under this kind of business and community leadership. Utah has approximately 50 community chambers.
- Ethnic/Specialty Chambers: Ethnic Chambers serve the needs of ethnic business owners. Others have a focus on international trade. They are much like community chambers only instead of serving a geographic area, they serve an ethnically defined population. By focusing on ethnic issues they can provide services that are fine tuned to the needs of an ethnic business owner or country of interest. Utah has approximately ten ethnic chambers.