Create business development opportunities for our members and advocate for a strong and stable economic climate.
The roots of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce can be traced back to 1922, when it was founded and incorporated as the Newark Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber evolved and expanded its territory in the early 1960’s. By 1967, it was known as the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce and serviced businesses as far east of Newark as Prices Corner.Today, the Chamber has grown from about 300 members in 1979 to over 1,000 members. The Chamber is involved in government affairs, special events, providing emerging businesses with support and services, offering health and insurance benefits to our members, and overseeing a wide range of programs for businesses of all sizes. Armed with this dynamic business plan, staffed with dedicated employees, and driven by an active, involved membership, the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce strives to be the premier business organization in New Castle County.
We are all familiar with the term "chamber of commerce." In fact, it is one of the most recognizable names in the world, but what is a chamber of commerce and what does it really do? Basically a chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests. Business owners voluntarily form these organizations to advocate on behalf of the members and promote economic prosperity.
A recent survey let us know what Chamber members want most out of our organization:
Any business can become a member of a chamber by having a business license and paying the required membership dues. Dues amounts are typically determined by the size of the member company. For a small business the cost to join the Chamber is less than one dollar per day. In a typical chamber of commerce, over 70% of the members are small businesses with less than ten employees.
The business does not have to be physically located in a certain area to be a member, it just has to have an interest in supporting the economic growth of that area.
It is important to note that the company is the member of the Chamber and they can send many different employees to participate in chamber events or serve on committees. A Chamber can offer many member benefits including business education, health insurance, discounts and networking.
The Chamber is proud to serve over 1,500 member companies and over 100,000 individuals from those firms who are engaged in the Chamber's wide range of activities and programs. At Chamber events you'll have an opportunity to raise your profile among the regionÕs leading business executives and owners. The New Castle County Chamber provides every member a variety of unique opportunities each month to develop relationships that will help boost your company's profitability and help you identify potential new customers and partners. For nearly 90 years Delaware's businesses have leveraged the Chamber to build awareness, grow revenue, and develop new business relationships.
The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce offers targeted benefits, valuable resources and unparalleled support that will help you and your business gain a competitive advantage and become more successful. How can you and your company benefit from membership?