What is a Chamber of Commerce
A chamber of commerce is a business network, for example, a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors to set policy for the chamber. The board then hires an Executive Director to run the organization.
The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. Another official chamber of commerce would follow 65 years later, probably in Bruges, then part of the Spanish Netherlands.
The world's oldest English-speaking chamber of commerce is the Jersey Chamber founded in February 1768, the same year the New York City Chamber was founded. The oldest known existing chamber in the English-speaking world with continuous records, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1783. However, Hull Chamber of Commerce is the UK's oldest, followed by those of Leeds and of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
As a non-governmental institution, a chamber of commerce has no direct role in the writing and passage of laws and regulations that affect businesses. It may however, lobby in an attempt to get laws passed that are favorable to businesses.
Our Board of Directors
President: Michelle Garner of Fairfield Banking Company
Vice President: Misty Tizer of Merle Norman
Edwin Potts of Ed's MeddiCenter
Josh Scott of Wayne-White Counties Electric
Charlotte St. Ledger of Fairfield Memorial Hospital
Carrie Halbert of Frontier Community College
Jerry Gill of Gill's Sales & Service
Brent Legg of Iconik Studio
John Reynolds of Fairfield National Bank
Patti Bowles of B-way Design & Decorating
Sarah Molt of Peoples Naional Bank
Mary Bradley of First Financial Bank
Roderick Vaughan of The Vaughan Ins. Group
Tim McBride of Save-A-Lot
Beth Sessions Country Financial
Executive Director: Libby Lingafelter