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About Your Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

How does the Chamber provide value for members and the greater community?

Our members and leaders lead the way in promoting positive business relations, identifying potential obstacles to growth and working together to solve those with creative, innovative ideas that work.

Looking for smart ways to expand your business and connect with our community?

Start by stepping out of the front door of your business. Nothing beats a face-to-face interaction with neighbors. Your Chattanooga Chamber’s known for our 12 area Councils, centered on community footprints and organized by hundreds of business volunteers. In fact, one of our councils, the International Business Council, covers the world. Councils.

"Being on the IBC board for several years has given me the chance to meet the most awesome people in Chattanooga, many of whom I now call friends. Chattanooga's international business community has never been so vibrant and dynamic as it is today.”

-Anton Demenchuk

 

New to the greater Chattanooga area?
Need networking ideas?

Try starting with the best Chattanooga area business event calendar ever.

When it comes to setting the stage for business connections, you’ll find Chamber events one of the best ways to meet face-to-face with real business people driving the future of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. Whether it’s an AM Networking meeting, a workshop at the INCubator on marketing, or the highly attended Annual Meeting, you’ll meet and greet some of the most committed business community members, people who care about where Chattanooga’s headed. 

Searching for meaningful community leadership opportunities in Chattanooga?

We know from experience that continuous on-the-job learning provides the best way to remain competitive and to create long-lasting business relationships. Whatever stage of your career or business, we offer a program that can help you gain traction and expand your horizons.

In the early stages of your career?

YPAC - Young Professional Association of Chattanooga.

Looking for deeper business relationships and a meaningful way to give back through community leadership? Then Leadership Chattanooga can provide a sound foundation.

Seeking ways to increase contracts and connections between businesses of differing sizes?
Are you a DBE? The Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion initiatives could be a great resource for you.

With programs that engage emerging leaders in leadership training, work sessions that connect Chamber investors and larger employers with small businesses, the Chattanooga Chamber has a proven track record of helping business leaders exceed their marketing goals.

You’ve come to the right place – your Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

When was the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce founded?

Our area’s leading business association, the Chattanooga Chamber, was founded in 1887. Your Chamber was one of the first 40 chambers founded in the United States.

Business and community leaders founded the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation in 1969 to lead area economic development through a public-private partnership.

The Chattanooga Chamber has won many national awards for recruitment, marketing and existing industry support and is accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with four stars for operational excellence.

Our Mission

Champion our member businesses and promote regional economic growth.

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Business association delivers member services to dues paying member-investors
  • Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Board
  • 501(c)6 Organization
  • Chartered in 1887
  • Membership dues, events, sponsorships and program fees provide funding

Chattanooga Chamber Foundation

  • Non-profit foundation that delivers economic, community and leadership development services to all eligible businesses
  • Governed by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation Board
  • 501(c)3 Organization
  • Chartered in 1969
  • Funded through a public-private partnership called “Chattanooga CAN DO: Building Tomorrow Today" with 60% private funding to 40% public funding

Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership

How does the Chattanooga Chamber partner with other area organizations?

We work closely with our elected representatives, area colleges and universities, including:

University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Chattanooga State Community College

Hamilton County Department of Education

Public Education Foundation

Chattanooga Airport Authority

Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chattanooga Technology Council

City of Chattanooga

Hamilton County government

River City Company

Southeast Tennessee Development District

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Association of Manufacturers

Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.

Our staff serves in a wide variety of non-profit service roles, including Rotary, the Chattanooga Womens Leadership Institute, ArtsBuild, United Way and more.