Op-Ed: Local Chambers Of Commerce Key To Small Business Growth From Harlem To Hollywood

By Phil Andrews

Local Chambers of Commerce have an extraordinary ability to strengthen both the social and economic fibers of a particular community in its designated service territory. It is a giving fact that business owners who come together in an organized manner will develop trust equity over a span of time and begin to know, like and trust each other leading to a substantial impact on the bottom line of their businesses.

Business leaders can also begin to benefit from the marketing force that the chambers add to their marketing arsenal. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce has appeared on WABC Here and Now, NBC Positively BlackPush Pause FiOs1, and MYLITV just to name a few. As chambers raise the level of their profile as representatives for small business owners, and serve as advocates of greater success in the business community they also have a profound impact on the profitability, and growth of its membership base and wider network.

Small Business Owners and Professional Service providers seeking to benefit from chamber of Commerce membership should attend membership meetings regularly, seek leadership positions on a committee level, or work to advance to board level positions in their local chambers.Chambers are a great place to display exemplary character which often leads to business development.

Local Chambers of Commerce often extend its reach by belonging to regional affiliates which expand its reach beyond its local market. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce has joined the US Black Chambers of Commerce as an affiliate member which is comprised of 118 African American Chambers around the country. A second benefit of joining the US Black Chambers, Inc. is the support LIAACC gets from its School of Chamber and Business Management.

Never underestimate the potential value of belonging to your local chamber of Commerce, but remember your input, participation, and dedication to the chamber will necessitate you being patient over a period of time to reap its benefits.

“I have benefited from being a member of the chamber, as my profile in the community has grown immensely through my involvement at the chamber. I have also been booked for more speaking opportunities, newspaper interviews, radio and television shows. As a leading expert, lifestyle coach, author, and public speaker the chamber has provided tremendous value for my business.” said author Georgia Woodbine.

Registration is available online click here: Regional Chamber Leadership Conference.

To be placed on their email list for upcoming events, inquire about membership, or corporate sponsor opportunities you may email the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. at info@liaacc.org or call us at 347-475-7158. Visit them online at LIAACC.

Contact The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce online here.

Picture Left to Right: Christopher Watson, LIAACC’S Nassau Director, Sharon Davis, Vice President of LIAACC,Ron Busby, President, US Black Chambers, Inc. and Phil Andrews, LIAACC’S President

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