Oconee Chamber
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Oconee Chamber

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer organization of business and professional people. The primary function of a Chamber of Commerce is to act as the spokesperson for the business and professional community and translate into action the will of its members.
 
The governing documents of the Chamber are the Bylaws and the Strategic Plan. These are annually reviewed and updated the Board of Directors. Each year, the members also develop a series of goals and objectives to be accomplished based on the Strategic Plan.
 
Executive responsibility rests with the President and staff, who must operate within the framework of the budgets established, programs adopted and policies developed by the Board of Directors. The staff is answerable to the President, the President to the Board and the Board to the membership.

Definition of a Chamber of Commerce


A Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit association of businesses and individuals concerned with improving the area in which it does business. Consequently, its businesses are willing to actively do something about their concerns.
 
Chambers may differ somewhat from city to city due to the size, profile, needs and nature of the community. Some communities may also have other organizations that do some programs Chambers normally do leaving the Chamber to fill only certain other, specific needs.
 
The Chamber's strength lies in the number and diversity of its membership. Both large and small businesses, from virtually every profession, are represented and influence the direction of the Chamber's programs. THE MEMBERS ARE THE CHAMBER. The more members the Chamber has, the better it can represent the business community. It accomplishes, collectively, what no one business can do alone.
There are four types of Chambers of Commerce; national, state, regional and local. National and state chambers deal with issues regarding the national or state economy. They are primarily lobbying groups.
 
Regional Chambers deal with area-wide issues like education, transportation and state political affairs, as they affect our county.
 
The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce is financed by members' dues as well as some related, self-supporting projects. It has over 450 businesses and individuals as members, of which over 95% are small businesses; and it is growing.
 
The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce is divided into five major program areas:
 
  • Fall Festival
  • Member Services
  • Economic Development
  • Agribusiness
  • Education
 
Each program area is called a committee and is headed by a Chairperson.
All members and Board of Directors' members are encouraged to serve on one of the committees or subcommittees.
 

How our Chamber Operates


The Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. Its members represent the business and professional leadership of the community. Your Board of Directors is responsible for assuring the programs the members have determined to be important are carried out successfully. The Board is comprised of a six member Executive Committee, eleven Board members, and five associate Board members. Each board member is encouraged to serve on a committee or subcommittee. Five Board members are elected by the membership to serve three-year terms. Associate Board members are appointed and serve a one year term.

Committees/Subcommittees:
Committees are comprised of volunteers working closely with staff in achieving long-range objectives. They remain active for an entire year, or longer. Subcommittees are organized to carry out specific projects. They can be temporary.
 
Our membership is now over 450. We've grown - - and we'll continue to grow - - as long as our members receive the type of services that we alone can give them. The most important person in our organization is - THE MEMBER. As long as we always remember this, we'll grow not only as a Chamber but also in increased salaries and benefits.
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