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Chambers of Commerce: What Are They? How Can They Help?
August 10, 2021 Eugene Uhm, Business Development Specialist

You may have heard of a Chamber of Commerce, but do you know what they do? The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives defines a Chamber of Commerce as “an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation.” With nearly 4,000 Chambers of Commerce located within the United States, it’s easy to find one that would be relevant to your business. They are a great resource of information on a wide range of topics, including exporting.

The Basic Guide to Exporting references several examples of how different Chambers of Commerce can help businesses when it comes to exporting advice/support:

    • Export seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions
    • Trade promotion programs including overseas missions, mailings, and event planning
    • Contacts with foreign companies and distributors
    • Export sales leads and other opportunities for members

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has partnered with numerous Chambers of Commerce with partnerships ranging from co-hosting events to being an active member of the Chamber. One example of this partnership is EXIM’s relationship with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has the back of the business community – providing companies with the resources, networking, and visibility to help them succeed” said Brock Hesler, Vice President, Membership and Foundation Relations.

Examples of these co-hosted events with the Indiana Chamber includes:

Examples of co-hosted events with other Chambers of Commerce include:

Working with Chambers of Commerce nationwide, EXIM continues to support U.S.-based businesses and American jobs through the exports of American made goods and services. Click here for a free consultation to learn how EXIM can support your exporting journey.

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