Nonprofits include everything from youth and educational organizations, to technology and tourism councils, to literacy councils and Better Business Bureaus, to Chambers of Commerce, and more. The MAHCC values and encourages partnerships with nonprofits.
A substantial source of jobs, nonprofits are critical to the economy. A 2012 study conducted by Johns Hopkins showed that nonprofits employed nearly 11 million people, utilized nearly 80 million volunteers (age 16 and over) to provide services, and received over $300 billion in donations. The NonProfit Times in 2014 stated that nonprofit organizations represented 5.4% of the nation s GDP and contributed nearly $900 billion to the economy.
The MAHCC is a strong advocate for business and community interests. It collaborates with a variety of groups that have common goals to provide a sense of unity, to promote safe and prosperous communities, and to ensure a climate that is favorable to businesses.
Nonprofit organizations benefit from this partnership because the Chamber is a powerful voice to legislators and elected officials on behalf of its partners. Partnering with the MAHCC also provides nonprofits with increased visibility that enables them to amplify their message, to expand their volunteer and fundraising networks, and to form mutually beneficial partnerships as a result of their participation and collaboration with the Chamber.
The MAHCC is proud to have the following nonprofit business organizations as partners:
Founded in 1837 as the Wilmington Board of Trade, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has a long history as the largest, most influential business organization in the state. DSCC's mission is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of Delaware businesses and benefits citizens of the state. The Chamber will provide services members want; it will serve and be recognized as the primary resource on matters affecting companies of all sizes, and it will be the leading advocate for business with government in Delaware. Through programs, legislative advocacy, communications and publications, small-business benefits and services and special networking events, the Chamber is continually providing an enriched environment for businesses and communities to grow. The DSCC provides unequaled service to the community of Delaware – one day and one business at a time and it can provide expert opinions on a range of issues from business to education.
Delaware Economic Development Office, 99 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901 • 302-739-4271
Located in the heart of the Northeast Corridor and in the center of the mid-Atlantic region, Delaware offers businesses one of the best tax climates in the nation, not to mention a highly educated workforce. Home to scores of financial services, life sciences, aerospace, tech firms and agribusinesses, Delaware has proven time and again that we're just the right size to make things happen for companies big and small. The Delaware Economic Development Office stands ready to help you start, relocate, expand or incorporate your business in Delaware. Contact us to get the conversation started!Why Delaware?
Because the "First State" is:
- The Corporate Capital of the World (60% of Fortune 500 Companies are incorporated in Delaware)
- A Highly Strategic Location on the East coast (Easy access to profit-making markets)
- A Mecca for Financial Services (2100+ financial services bank on Delaware)
- Number One in Business Friendliness (CNBC's 2013 America's Top States for Business)
Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), 8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450, Tysons Corner, VA 22182 • 703-752-6292
The AACC is dedicated to improving the economic development for Asian Pacific American owned businesses in the DC Metro Area. It facilitates the growth and development of member businesses through AACC-sponsored events such as business networking programs, Business Expo, Business Development Workshops, Seminars and other special events. AACC provides a platform for our members to network and market their products and services. Asian American Businesses earned over 52% of the total revenues generated by all minority businesses. The AACC provides a link to Asian & Pacific business communities in the Greater Washington area. It's a great platform for corporations to reach out to the local Asian & Pacific markets.
Better Business Bureau of Metro Washington DC, (and areas of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia), 1411 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 • 202-393-8000
BBB strives to create an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other. BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We do this by Setting standards for marketplace trust; encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses; celebrating marketplace role models; calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior; and, creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities. BBB Accreditation is an honor – and not every business is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to seek BBB accreditation. Businesses deemed to meet Accreditation Standards are presented to the BBB's Board (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business. All BBB accredited businesses have agreed to live up to our Standards for Trust, a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner.
The Georgetown Business Association (GBA), established in 1976, is a non-profit membership organization committed to maintaining and improving the climate for conducting business in Georgetown. Members are offered opportunities to connect through events such as monthly networking receptions, a leadership awards luncheon, the annual meeting and holiday party and various outreach initiatives.
The GBA also advocates on behalf of Georgetown businesses and professionals by monitoring legislation from the DC city council, actions from the D.C. Advisory Neighbothood Commission Board and relevant government and community organizations. Leaders and members actively attend and speak at hearings while engaging political figures to achieve an optimal business environment in Georgetown.
The Latino Coalition (TLC), National Headquarters, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20004 • 202-349-4093
TLC was founded in 1995 in Washigton, DC by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos'. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization based in Southern California, with offices in Washington, DC and Mexico. TLC addresses policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLC's agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Latinos.
TLC analyzes and report to the public about the impact of Federal, State and local legislation, and government regulations, has on the Latino communities. TLC is a 501 (c) (6) membership organization.
TLC has become one of the most effective national Latino groups addressing issues that directly impact Hispanic businesses and consumers through aggressive issue advocacy campaigns, legislative initiatives and endorsement. In addition, TLC surrounds our constituents with effective tools that enhance their success.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20062 • 202-659-6000
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing—they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C. For 100 years, we have driven the pro-business agenda in Washington. We advocate for pro-business policies that create jobs and grow our economy. Key issues range from smart tax policy and regulatory relief to legal reform and trade promotion. We offer access to the latest resources, information, and best practices in advocacy and communications. Our nationally recognized team of lobbyists, communicators, and policy experts advance the business community’s interests.
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $661 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 250 major corporations. The USHCC’s core mission is to implement and strengthen national programs that assist the economic development of Hispanic firms; increase access to strategic business networks and partnerships between major U.S. companies and Hispanic-owned businesses; promote international trade between Hispanic businesses in the U.S. and Latin America; influence legislation, policies and programs that affect the Hispanic business community; and, provide technical assistance to Hispanic business associations and entrepreneurs.
Annapolis Boat Shows, an Annapolis tradition since 1970, are the nation's oldest in-water boat shows. Forty-seven years later, the Annapolis Boat Shows has an unsurpassed reputation for offering the most comprehensive boating exhibitions in the industry. Four annual shows are offered: United States Sailboat Show, United States Powerboat Show, Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, and Bay Bridge Boat Show. Moreover, a wide rage of nautical courses are offered twice a year by Cruisers University.
Each of the boat shows give boaters the unique opportunity to board and inspect virtually every new model on the market, make side-by-side comparisons, and talk to industry representatives about all aspects of buying and owning a boat. Exhibitors are highly motivated to put you in the boat of your dreams at the best possible price. In addition, one can shop from a vast display of boating products and services — everything from financing and insurance to electronics and foul weather gear. Its a fun and informative day exploring boats and boat supplies. Today, close to 130,000 loyal attendees around the world travel to the Chesapeake Bay each year to experience these nautical extravaganzas and meet up to 100,000 affluent boaters and 1500 exhibitors.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Phillip Merrill Environmntal Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 • 410-268-8816
Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, we fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Our motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals. With offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia and 15 field centers, CBF leads the way in restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. Over the last four decades, we have created broad understanding of the Bay's poor health, engaged public leaders in making commitments to restore the Chesapeake, and fought successfully to create a new approach to cleanup that features real accountability-the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. But the Bay is still a system dangerously out of balance. We continue to engage in education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration to turn the tide and leave a legacy of clean water for future generations.
Simply stated, the Foundation's mission is to Save the Bay™, and keep it saved, as defined by reaching a 70 on CBF's Health Index.
Founded in 1971, the Alliance brings together individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to find collaborative solutions, to build a strong commitment to stewardship, and to deliver innovative, broadly-supported programs that benefit the land, waters, and residents of the Chesapeake Bay. The Alliance's mission is to lead, support and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With staff in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., we work in urban, suburban and rural settings across the Chesapeake watershed. The Alliance engages local communities through education, training and consultation to those with an interest in the health of the Bay. It connects residents residents of the Bay watershed and their local stream or river to engage them into a proactive and fruitful collaboration to protect the Bay, and heals the land and water by coordinating a broad range of on-the-ground restoration program that include healthy forest, functional landscapes, rain gardens, stormwater reduction methods and pollution prevention.
Businesses for the Bay is an Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay program designed by businesses for businesses. Its mission is to encourage businesses throughout the Chesapeake region to find voluntary, innovative, and measurable solutions to improve water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and to raise public understanding of the valuable role these business members play in the Bay restoration. This program provides businesses with a forum where they can make their voices heard, share best practices, facilitate environmental stewardship volunteer opportunities for employees, and promote environmental efforts that are important to them, their customers, and their communities. For more information on about Businesses for the Bay and for details about membership, please contact: Corinne Stephens, Business Partnerships Manager at cstephens at Allianceforthebay.org.
AAEDC supports entreprenuers, managers and executives with vital resources so they can focus on their core mission and business growth. That vision is at the heart of what the AAEDC does to serve the business community, from large corporations to family-owned small businesses, new entrepreneurial endeavors and existing commercial enterprises. Since 2013, AAEDC, through its VOLT Fund, has served as a manager of Maryland's Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business loan fund, which receives 1.5 percent of video lottery terminal revenue from Maryland casinos. Small and minority, women and veteran owned businesses located within Maryland may be eligible for loans of between $25,000 to $500,000 for purposes such as business and commercial real estate acquisition and expansion, lease-hold improvements, equipment and vehicle purchase, and working capital. While most of the funding goes to conventional businesses, the VOLT Fund has also a unique set aside specifically for emerging technology companies. AAEDC works to foster a conducive climate for investment where businesses can thrive, not only in Anne Arundel County but throughout all of Maryland. The AAEDC staff cares about your success. Whether you are starting a new business, expanding or relocating an existing business or need critical financial resources or regulatory guidance, AAEDC is ready to help. We appreciate your interest in investing in Anne Arundel County and look forward to working with you.
The MAHCC joins the BBB of Greater Maryland in promoting and fostering the highest ethical relationship between our business members and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education and service excellence. BBB strives to create an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other. BBB’s mission, just like the MAHCC's mission, is to be leaders in advancing marketplace trust. BBB do this by setting standards for marketplace trust; encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses; celebrating marketplace role models; calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior; and, creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities. BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner. BBB ensures that high standards for trust are set and maintained. We exist so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust. We provide educational information and expert advice that is free of charge and easily accessible.
BBB Accreditation is an honor – and not every business is eligible. Businesses that meet our high standards are invited to seek BBB accreditation. Businesses deemed to meet Accreditation Standards are presented to the BBB's Board (or designees) for review and acceptance as a BBB Accredited Business. All BBB accredited businesses have agreed to live up to our Standards for Trust, a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner. BBB does not compare businesses against each other but rather evaluates businesses against our standards – and our standards clearly speak to the character and competence of an organization. BBB is the resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses. BBB's network allows us to monitor and take action on thousands of business issues affecting consumers at any given time. BBB is a businessperson key adviser, most reliable evaluator and most objective expert on the topic of trust in the marketplace.
The Crisfield Area Chamber was created to work for the best interest of our community; to identify and serve the needs of businesses; to increase the prosperity and encourage the growth of existing businesses; to foster the establishment of new tax paying businesses; to provide representation in governmental affairs; to work with educational, cultural, civic and service organizations. The Chamber sponsors many events including its signature event, The Annual Hard Crab Derby. It also sponsors the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clambake, the largest seafood festival in the State of Maryland. It hosts the Soft Shell Festival, 4th of July events, co-hosts the Waterman's Festival with the Tawes Museum, and the Crisfield Christmas Parade.
Crisfield has long been referred to as "The Crab Capital of the World". The city is located on the Chesapeake Bay off Tangier Sound near the mouth of the Annemessex River. There are few towns in Maryland that have retained their cultural heritage as Crisfield has. The culture is reflected in the landscape, communities, churches and the faces of the people who live and work in the Crisfield area. For nearly three centuries the area now called Crisfield has been famous for its seafood, especially Blue crabs and oysters. It is famous as well for its watermen, its natural beauty and a sense of community built on a common faith and deep roots.
Crisfield has a protected harbor which encourages fishing and cruising vessels. Many crabbers and oystermen bring in their catch via this harbor which is lined by seafood packing plants. The downtown area rests directly on the waterfront where there is a large city pier. The municipal wharf and much of the town is built on a foundation of oyster shells. Somers Cove Marina is a well-maintained marina which handles local and transient boaters. It is the largest state-owned marina in Maryland. Amenities include 485 boat slips, a large pavilion, a hotel, a swimming pool, comfort stations, laundry facilities, and three launching ramps. The marina is close to the downtown area of Crisfield. It has a shuttle service.
The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses organized to ensure the economic and social vitality of Frederick County. The FCC connects businesses and community through leadership, advocacy, and education. It is the trusted leader for business in Frederick County's vibrant community. The Chamber promotes economic vitality by advocating for business in Frederick County and by bringing together the right people to solve common problems. Its measurse the effectiveness of its mission by continually growing membership, retaining dedicated members, providing well-planned programming, and ensuring sound fiscal stewardship.
The GGCC is a vibrant, dynamic organization of 400 members representing more than 20,000 employees in the Montgomery County Upcounty. Our members include cutting-edge biotech firms, manufacturing companies, real estate development teams, restaurants, retailers and hotels. Whether you are starting a new business in Maryland or simply looking for opportunities to grow, the GGCC has the resources and opportunities you are looking for. Join the GGCC today! Stay up to date of our latest business networking events, ribbon cuttings, business activities and more by subscribing to our weekly newsletter and joining us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The GGCC fosters business-to-business & business-to-consumer relationships by providing our members with opportunities to build business relationships through our monthly business networking events and special events. The GGCC is one of Montgomery County, Maryland’s most influential forces in local government and regional economic development. As one of the largest chambers in Montgomery County, our legislative agenda is based on business issues that impact our members. Our goal is to work with local city, county and state lawmakers to strengthen, enhance & protect businesses. Learn more about our Chamber of Commerce Advocacy and join the effort!
Since 1919 the Chamber has been the preferred advocate and recognized voice of business in the greater Hagerstown-Washington County region. The Chamber is led by an elected volunteer Board of Directors and a paid staff and its work is supported by a network of committees made up from its membership. The Board sets broad policy, the committees plan events and programs, and the staff executes the overall operation. The Chamber is the voice of business in Washington County, Maryland and we take action to support business and provide opportunities for members to strengthen their business and the community.We encourage you to connect with the Chamber on our social media pages, and we look forward to interacting with our members and other visitors. Our official Social Media sites are: Facebook, AntPod, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
As the leading voice for business in Maryland, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the only statewide business advocacy organization. Our 750 member companies employ 420,000 Marylanders. The Chamber supports its members and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through its effective advocacy, high level networking and timely communications. It values integrity, innovation, hard work, mutual respect and fair dealings and it is committed to helping our members grow and prosper, and be held accountable for the results.
Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), PO Box 27039, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 • 410-347-1246
MEDA is a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals. Established in 1961, MEDA members promote the economic well-being of Maryland by working to improve the state's business climate and the professionalism of those in the field of economic development. MEDA's membership includes economic development practitioners employed by government, business, and chambers of commerce as well as other professionals with an interest in the economy of Maryland. Through its regular meetings, special programs, and projects, members address such diverse issues as local planning, workforce, transportation, international trade, tourism, and finance.
Maryland Green Registry, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 • 410-537-4119
The Green Registry is a free, voluntary program offering tips and resources to help businesses and other organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.
- It is free: There is no cost to join. Simply create a member profile sharing your environmental best practices;
- It is flexible: You choose the activities that make the most sense for your organization;
- It is inclusive: The Maryland Green Registry is open to organizations and facilities of all types and sizes in both owned and leased space; and,
- It is interactive: Learn here what other Maryland Green Registry members are doing to reduce their environmental impacts and receive staff support on checklist measures.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to assist small businesses in participating in the Government Marketplace. The Maryland PTAP opened its doors in 2002. The Maryland PTAP is administered directly by the Maryland Small Business Development Center, and funded by the State of Maryland, the Defense Logistics Agency, and hosted by the University of Maryland in College Park. The PTAC's mission is to maximize the number of capable U.S. companies participating in the government marketplace by providing businesses with an understanding of the requirements of government contracting and the market know-how they need to obtain and successfully perform federal, state, and local government contracts. Maryland PTAP goal is to improve local economies by helping Maryland businesses to successfully compete for government contracts, thereby creating and retaining jobs and bringing other economic benefits to the state. Also, PTAC supports government agency efforts to meet their mandated small business goals for contracting dollars. Any small business may receive PTAC services provided it has a product or service that has reasonable expectation of being procured under government contract or purchase order. Owners of businesses eligible for these services may invite consultants or manufacturer's representatives to attend counseling sessions with them. There is no cost to the small businesses who receive the majority of these services.
Maryland Turfgrass Council, P.O. Box 389, St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
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Located at the heart of the exciting Washington, DC metropolitan area, Prince George’s County, Maryland is just minutes to downtown DC and within easy access to all the extraordinary amenities of the region and beyond. Experience, Expand, EXPLORE! NH Water Taxi BPrince George's County is also home to some of the region's best-known attractions, like Six Flags America, FedEx Field, the University of Maryland, the National Wildlife Visitor Center, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, and the region's newest destination, the incomparable National Harbor – located on the Potomac River! Restaurants, Hotels, Events, Attractions...all at your fingertips!
Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce (PGCC), 4640 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 130, Lanham, Maryland 20706 • 301-731-5000
Created in 1924, and now one of the largest chambers of commerce in Maryland, the Prince George's County Chamber is dedicated to providing an ever-growing number of business leaders the highest levels of advocacy, partnership, and service through our operations and local activities. By joining the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, you will join the ranks of some of the most progressive and successful businesses in the community. According to a national study recently conducted, "consumers are 63% more likely to buy goods and services in the future from a company that they believe is a member of the local chamber" and "they are 44% more likely to think favorably about" that business (source: ACCE.org). We invite you to learn more about our committee meetings, legislative endeavors, and varied events, and then join us-in order to "Influence, Connect, and Engage"-while making a difference in Prince George's County.
Welcome to the Rockville Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the voice of business in Rockville. The Rockville Chamber of Commerce is a one-stop shop for businesses of all types and sizes in and around Rockville. Whether you are looking for networking opportunities, inclusion in the Rockville Rewards campaign, an opportunity to interact with the City to improve conditions for business or a connection to the community, the Rockville Chamber of Commerce is here to serve you.
SCORE-Frederick #632, 4539 Metropolitan Court, Frederick Maryland 21704 • 240-215-4757
The Frederick-MD Chapter strives to help small businesses and budding entrepreneurs in an area that stretches from West Virginia to Westminster and everything in between. If you're just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Our volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/life balance. The challenges of starting your own business can be overwhelming and SCORE is here to make sure you don't have to go it alone. From websites to marketing to paying your taxes, take advantage of the experience that SCORE's mentors possess to make your dreams a reality. Whatever challenges you are facing, questions you have to ask, or hurdles to overcome, help is just a phone call away.
The business leaders of Salisbury, Maryland banded together on March 4, 1920 to form the Chamber from the Salisbury Business Men's Association. This changed the character of the organization from the social to proactive support for the commercial sector. The organization has grown and become very active in the community. The chamber is now a 501 (c) 6 organization and continues to operate under a board of directors representing a membership of over 800 local companies and organizations.
SACC is the primary voice of the Lower Eastern Shore Business Community. We are a dynamic organization that constantly strives to better serve our members. Learn more about why your business should be part of the premier, 4-star accredited business association on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. Discover the benefits of being a chamber member, exclusive chamber member events , resources to help you enhance your business and how to get involved. If you are relocating to the area or want to find out more about Salisbury, please browse through our live & work section to find out about the local government, history of the city and other important resources.
The Tech Council is a collaborative community that is actively engaged in building strong technology and life science industries by supporting the efforts of its individual members. The Tech Council builds stronger technology and life science communities in Maryland by nurturing a healthy and vibrant environment where members can connect and prosper. It is the largest technology trade association in the state of Maryland with over 300 members, and it provides value by giving them a forum to learn, share, and connect. The valuable resources members receive help them reach their full potential as vital members of their communities. Also, TCM members are provided with educational programming taught by industry leaders with a focus on key topics, advocacy at the state and national levels, and a variety of opportunities to participate in both large and small events. TCM is also able to serve the tech and biotech communities with assets like the Maryland Health Care Product Development Corporation (MHCPDC) and the MdBioLab program. MHCPDC’s goal is to stimulate growth of the biomedical industry in the state through "early stage" investment with promising Maryland biomedical and medical technology companies. The MdBioLab program supports a mobile bioscience laboratory that visits Maryland high schools to teach science literacy.
Visit Frederick County Maryland! Let us be your guide as you shop, dine, and discover historic cities and towns in Frederick County. Here, scenic byways lead to wineries, orchards, and Civil War heritage sites and more. Here, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters. Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike on the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland's largest brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one day. This is Frederick County, where hip meets historic every day.
The Hagerstown/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit private organization. The Bureau promotes Hagerstown and Washington County by increasing tourism and visitor spending through the marketing and promotion of attractions, events, accommodations and visitor services which will contribute to economic development. The CVB markets and promotes Washington County, and your business or organization. Millions of people are exposed to the county's amenities, attractions, and businesses, because of the CVB's web, print, and broadcast marketing. Since the privatization of the CVB in 1997, its budget has grown from approximately $400,000 to more than $1.1 million annually. As directed by the Board of Directors, about 70% of all funds are spent directly on operations, advertising, marketing programs and publications. Only 30% of the total budget is spent on employee and related administrative costs. Over the past several years, Washington County has experienced record growth in travel, and visitor expenditures have increased from $127 million in FY 1996 to a projected $300 million in FY 2014.
The Global Philadelphia Association was founded in 2010 by nine of the leading international organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region. It has been incorporated as a member-governed Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation whose purposes are to assist and to encourage greater interaction among the many organizations and people who are engaged in one form or another of international activity within the Greater Philadelphia Region; to promote the development of an international consciousness within the Region; and to enhance the Region’s global profile. Today, over 150 organizations, businesses, and internationally-minded individuals have become joint venturers in the Global Philadelphia initiative, and more are joining each month.
The Greater Philadelphia area is blessed with an extraordinary array of international resources. In order to be successful in today’s global economy and to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world, these resources need to be more interconnected themselves. In addition to fostering greater interactivity, the Greater Philadelphia Region has both a need and an unparalleled opportunity to enhance its international “brand." It should aspire to nothing less than to be recognized, by its own citizens and by the world community, as a singular and significant global actor. There will be a rich reward for the region if it does so, as decision-makers of many and varied kinds locate businesses, place investments, plan events, choose to live and take vacations here, find and utilize our global expertise, contribute to our cultural offerings, conduct sporting events and conventions, and in the process infuse our lives with the energy of a great cosmopolitan center.
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s mission is: We exist to help our members prosper and to enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. The Chamber serves its members and community through a variety of organizations and committees. Directed by a 23-person Board of Directors and staffed by eleven employees, the Chamber fosters business, economic and community growth through proactive leadership in the greater Chambersburg area. Through 104 years of service, the Chamber remains an advocate for the local economic health of the community through the support of its affiliate organizations and committees. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce celebrated 100 years of service in 2011 and the organization has accomplished a great deal over the past century.
The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce provides the framework for member prosperity and thereby contributes to the quality of life in our community. This is accomplished through networking, education, community development, member services and special events. The area’s first settlers were mainly Scot-Irish with a few German and Swiss, who settled into the area in the 1730s. During the colonial era, the Greencastle-Antrim area was a part of the still-young frontier. Settlers, most of whom were looking for religious freedom, were attracted to this area because of its fertile soil. The Antrim Township was created in 1741. At that time, the township included most of what is present day Franklin County. Following the Revolutionary War, John Allison, a colonel in the Cumberland County militia and veteran of the war, founded Greencastle in 1782.
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), 100 South Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania • 717-397-3531
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a dynamic membership organization rich in history. It is comprised of nearly 2,200 community-minded businesses totaling to more than 120,000 employees, collectively working to make Lancaster County a great place to live, work and do business. The Chamber boasts an impressive menu of services aimed at helping business leaders and professionals connect, learn and grow, while leveraging the collective power of this group to weigh in on legislative and community issues that affect Lancaster County's business climate and quality of life.
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry can trace its roots back to the founding of the Lancaster Board of Trade in 1872, which was initially formed to foster commerce by paving and improving roads. Following two subsequent mergers in 1910 and 1977, the chamber has been operating under its current name. LCCI intends to help build Lancaster County into a model of prosperity for 21st Century America by being a leader in creating a thriving community that respects historical values while growing and diversifying our economy. And it will accomplish this, by providing leadership to unite business, community, education and government, so that Lancaster County will be home to a diverse array of creative and talented people, and a place where all individuals add economic and social value and can attain their maximum potential.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. Founded in 1916 by more than 100 influential business leaders from throughout the state, the PA Chamber has grown to become the largest broad-based business association in the Commonwealth. Over the past 100 years, the organization has been at the forefront of numerous public policy initiatives - advocating on behalf of Pennsylvania’s business community to promote private sector growth and improve the state’s economic climate. The New Year 2016 marks a season of celebration for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry as the organization commemorates its centennial anniversary. “We are proud and excited to reach this important milestone,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “Throughout our history, the partnerships we’ve forged with our diverse membership have been the driving force behind our long-term success. We are committed to maintaining a constant presence throughout the state and remain dedicated to fostering pro-job and pro-growth policies as we work to improve Pennsylvania’s competitive edge. As we celebrate our past, we look forward with excitement to the next 100 years as the Statewide Voice of BusinessTM."
The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) uniquely serves individuals who manage chambers of commerce. Established in 1914, ACCE offers a wealth of information, professional development opportunities, management techniques and best practices through its award winning publications, online education, conferences and networking. ACCE also works to upgrade the economic status and professional standing of those active in the chamber field. ACCE's mission is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Chamber executives hold positions requiring leadership, vision and strong management skills. ACCE helps chamber executives and their staffs play a significant leadership role in their communities. For additional information please view video at https://youtu.be/KHqQN2y0mHg.
In late 1906, a group of Alexandria's business leaders came together with the idea of forming an organization to assure business standards, to work toward better business conditions and to serve as an active voice in framing public policies affecting the business community. That organization was called the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and pioneered a new form of business representation, advocacy and service. The following year the Alexandria Chamber went on to become a founding member of the newly organized United States Chamber of Commerce. There have been many changes over the years, however, our fundamental concept and mission has remained unchanged. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to the advocacy of business interests. Today, the City of Alexandria is thriving and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce continues to provide vital services to its members and takes the lead in striving to maintain the balance of high quality of life and economic vitality.
Founded in 1959, the Herndon Chamber began as a great cultural stimulus for the Town of Herndon, building its golf course and recreational center and establishing the Council for the Arts of Herndon. In 2000, after being asked to serve the growing community of businesses south of the town, the chamber changed its name to the Herndon Dulles Chamber. In 2006, the chamber took the name Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, including within its scope two DBA chambers: the returning Herndon Chamber and the new Chantilly-Centreville Chamber.
The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce is located in one of the top technology corridors in the nation serving the Dulles Region, included western Fairfax, eastern Loudoun and the Town of Herndon. As one of the largest chambers in the DC metro area, we work to engender innovation and increase business for our members, to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), workforce initiatives and economic development, and to partner with the communities we serve.
The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber serves one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. It holds open meetings for businesses to share issues or concerns, hosts monthly networking events and works with the local government to positively affect business outcomes. Each spring the chamber stages Chantilly Day, a one-day community festival featuring a business expo, the Taste of Chantilly restaurant celebration, numerous children's attractions, and stage performances by local schools and other groups.
The greater Falls Church area is composed of Falls Church City and parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Falls Church City is a 2.2 square mile independently incorporated City with its own Manager/Council government and school system. It is a dynamic, thriving community with a small town feel in the midst of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The community is home to a number of unique shopping experiences, regionally known restaurants, top-notch professional services, a number of nonprofit organizations and some of the best schools in the country. Residents are highly educated and have the highest median income in the country, making Falls Church an ideal location for both established and new businesses.
Falls Church is served by the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, an independent, non-profit membership organization founded in 1947. The Chamber's mission is to promote local business interests in order to foster economic prosperity and civic well being in the greater Falls Church community. The Chamber advances its mission by supporting business and community growth and development; providing members with educational, marketing, and networking opportunities; advocating Chamber positions on critical business issues; and, encouraging quality business ethics and community respect. The Chamber monitors legislative activity affecting the business community in Falls Church City, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Recent issues addressed have included business taxes and incentives, commercial real estate development and zoning and parking issues.
Founded in 1957, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce brings local businesses together to develop and promote balanced economic growth and business opportunities in harmony with the objectives of our community. We do that by strengthening our local economy, promoting the community, providing opportunities to connect, representing the interest of business with government and developing community leaders. Let us know how we can help you connect, grow and succeed.
Hampton Roads is situated in the middle of the Eastern seaboard where the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth rivers pour into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is recognized as the 33rd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the United States, eighth largest metro area in the Southeast United States and the second largest between Atlanta and Washington, DC. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, an accredited 5-star organization by the U.S. Chamber, is a not-for-profit, member-based business organization.
The Chamber is committed to creating economic opportunity and prosperity for all of Hampton Roads. The Chamber provides leadership in articulating business viewpoints in the public arena and strives to be the region's primary source of information about business issues. Through the work of our legislative steering committees, local divisions and administrative staff, the Chamber works on issues which will create and maintain a healthy climate for doing business in Hampton Road.
The Chamber strives to improve our local economy by working with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance to attract new business to the area, by helping existing businesses to expand, by working with partners to improve the local workforce, promote amateur sports events and provide leadership training. The Chamber offers networking opportunities, educational programs, cost-saving employee benefit programs, marketing tools and other services to fill the needs of our business members and contribute to measurable growth for them.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit community organization. The Chamber exists to connect area businesses into a powerful network through leadership and advocacy. Since 1917, we have been influencing public policy on behalf of the business community and helping the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area become a thriving and dynamic marketplace of opportunities.The Chamber offers a variety of programs designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our member businesses. Through networking events, educational programs, committees and informative publications, we build community relations and offer our members a variety of ways to make new customer contacts, network with fellow Chamber members and enhance their overall lead generation and selling efforts.
The Chamber is your resource, whether you already live, work or play in the Harrisonburg area or are planning to relocate here. Membership is open to businesses that maintain a voluntary annual investment. Benefits of membership include networking opportunities, image enhancement, political advocacy, numerous discounts and benefits, and heightened credibility. Participation is KEY. Being a member of the Chamber creates important connections that enable individuals and companies to do and achieve more.
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is Northern Virginia’s premier business networking and advocacy organization and is dedicated to creating and promoting a world class quality of life here in the Loudoun community that we serve. To achieve that purpose, the Loudoun Chamber partners with our member businesses, non-profit organizations and government partners, such as Loudoun County government, to create experiences and opportunities that produce personal, professional and community success. Founded in 1968, the Loudoun County Chamber is among the largest Chambers of Commerce in the Washington, D.C. region. More than 1,300 members form this premier network of business and community leaders in Loudoun County, our nation’s most economically vibrant and fastest growing counties. The leading Loudon County businesses are members because they are committed to helping the Chamber achieve its mission on behalf of our community, and because they value the significant benefits that Chamber membership delivers to their employees and to their company’s bottom line.
Alexandria, VA is the headquarters for the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce. Due to high black-owned business interest, a Stafford County Chapter is being established to better serve the needs of their businesses in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Woodbridge area. Although we will have two locations, the Northern Virginia BCC mission and purpose are the same: A nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to the growth and development of our member partners and of those businesses that wish to partner with them. Our goal is to facilitate the economic empowerment of black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia and the success and development of the region.
It’s an exciting time to be in business – especially in Northern Virginia. The growth the region has experienced over the past several years has been tremendous. The Northern Virginia Chamber is continuing to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of the business community as it grows. The Chamber remains focused on critical issues for our region, and is expanding into developing areas. These include government contracting, real estate and development, technology, business-to-business services, entrepreneurship, health care, hot issues and trends, and emerging industries. The Chamber also provides a forum for the business community to address those issues that will enable the community to continue to experience the growth it has in the past, into the future. The private sector has a key leadership role to play in driving the dialogue on the issues and needs of the future – items such as our area’s transportation needs, our future workforce, educational needs and more.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies and organizations, including businesses from all sectors of the technology industry, service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC provides its members with over 150 networking and educational events per year; Comprehensive member benefit services; Public policy advocacy on a broad range of technology issues at the state and regional levels, with involvement in federal issues as they relate to workforce and education concerns; and Community service opportunities through active involvement in community projects and philanthropy.
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce, an organization committed to prosperity, is one of the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing nearly 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community.
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The Jefferson Institute provides Virginia's leadership with non-partisan analysis of public policy issues confronting the Commonwealth, particularly in the areas of governance, environmental stewardship and workforce and economic development. The alternative ideas the Institute generates are based on the Institute's belief in free markets, limited government and individual responsibility. Over the years, the Jefferson Institute has become the state's premier independent public policy foundation and has gained broad-based respect from political and business leaders throughout the Commonwealth. Its mission is to provide Virginia's political, business, academic, community and media leadership with thoughtful, realistic, useful and non-partisan analysis of public policy issues confronting our state. The Institute is organized into five centers, which are Excellence in Education, Goverment Reform, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Development and Legislative Analysis.
The TysonsRegional® Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve the diverse businesses and citizens in the Tysons region. It is our goal to build awareness of the Chamber as the pre-eminent business voice in the Tysons region. Our mission is to promote and serve member businesses with dynamic leadership, exceptional outreach and advocacy; to foster successful regional economic growth; and through collaborative partnerships, enhance the quality of the Northern Virginia community, maximizing value to area businesses and citizens. As the Tysons region continues to grow to become an even more important hub for regional businesses and communities all within the vicinity of the federal government seat in Washington, D.C. and the world gateway of Dulles International Airport, the Chamber is steadfast in their commitment to service and in forging successful business relationships. The Chamber provides member benefits designed to help promote member businesses through networking opportunities, political representation and participation in community activities. Join us, and help grow your business and strengthen our community!
Welcome to the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber! Founded in 1917, the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester's premier business networking and advocacy organization. The Top of Virginia Chamber is dedicated to providing programs and services to meet the business and professional needs of our members. To achieve that purpose, the Chamber brings together our member businesses, non-profit organizations and government partners, to create experiences and opportunities that produce personal, professional and community success.
The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber has more than 800 members that form this premier network of business and community leaders. We are dedicated to the individual success of our members and nurturing an environment where businesses and people thrive as we connect our members with business-building programming and updates; access to business and community leaders; the ability to effect legislative change through advocacy; cost-effective marketing and visibility; and, opportunities to enhance the community.
The mission of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is to be a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change in all areas of economic development and competitiveness for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Chamber is the voice of the Virginia business community and it is the most influential business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth. The Chamber believes that by promoting the free enterprise system as the best way to enhance the economic competitiveness of Virginia and the Nation the Commonwealth and the country succeed. Moreover, by advancing a proactive agenda, the Chamber will be the leading resource on issues that impact the business community.
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The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce leads a network of more than 50 local chambers of commerce located in all corners of the state. Together, this network reaches more than 5,000 employers. The Chamber Network utilizes modern communications technologies to share information, mobilize rapid response, coordinate activities and organize direct contact with legislators and officials... all designed to generate and sustain business activism in the Mountain State. The network also works to lead and coordinate similar efforts with other business trade organizations and their members.
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The Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program at LBAN is an investment in Hispanic business owners to scale their business through an immersive program that provides owners the education, networks, mentorship and access to capital to grow their business, create jobs and build a stronger economy.
The intent of the program is to elevate entrepreneurs. As such, we do not take equity. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the program costs $500, only a fraction of the true cost to run this program. We know the time it takes to run a successful company. If you are selected for the 6-week program, our goal is to keep the online content to 4-6 hours per week in addition to the time you will schedule with mentors. You only need to be physically at Stanford twice.
About the program: In addition to mentorship, the custom online course is based on a course developed by two Stanford professors, who are internationally recognized as experts in scaling businesses - Professor Huggy Rao and Professor Bob Sutton. The course entitled "Scaling Excellence Through Innovation" speaks directly to the scaling issue that our research highlights as key to the success of Latino Owned Businesses. We have customized this course by adding content that speaks directly to the unique challenges Hispanic entrepreneurs might face in scaling their businesses.