The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.
Why should a business/entity be a member of the Chamber of Commerce?
Two basic reasons:
1. To help build your business
2. To help build your community
It’s as simple as that. There is simply no better organization, no better business group, no better civic body, with no better track record over ten decades than our Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Join us to help build your business and this community we call home.
Vibrant enterprise adds investment and jobs in our community while adding even more to the civic and charitable engines of our region. The record is clear – our Chamber, Chamber enterprises, and Chamber leadership have helped organize, lead, and sustain many key community organizations.
These signature Chamber community building initiatives include:
– United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area
– Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
– Piedmont Virginia Community College
– Leadership Charlottesville
– Central Virgina Partnership for Economic Development
– Free Enterprise Forum
– and various other councils and round tables
The real power of Chamber enterprises, of course, are the people who make up those enterprises and in turn make up our Chamber. Chamber business volunteers are distinguished as key business and civic leaders in our community.
Chamber of Commerce: A History
According to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a Chamber of Commerce, “is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation.” In early 1913, a group of business persons sought to do just that. Gathering on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville they created the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, growing out of a previous unincorporated chamber group.
Mr. A.D. Dabney was the first President of the Chamber Board of Directors with Mr. E. C. McCarthy serving as Chamber Secretary. Since that date and that small group of business persons, our Chamber has grown into a leading and positive force within Greater Charlottesville. Today, our more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ 45,000 men and women in our area.
In the 102 years since its founding, our Chamber has been integrally involved in the establishment of major community initiatives, including: the American Red Cross – Central Virginia Chapter (1917), the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area (1943), the Downtown Pedestrian Mall (1959), Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (1970s), and the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development (1996).
Our Chamber is grateful to have been involved in the development of such prestigious and ongoing efforts and to have helped our Greater Charlottesville grow into the vibrant, dynamic community that it is today. We are energized by the direction our Chamber has taken in its more recent history and will show you who we are in this New Century, “dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.”
For more than a century, our Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has served our member enterprises and our Greater Charlottesville communities. When Chamber member enterprises are thriving, other enterprises and our entire community benefit.