National Chamber of Commerce Day 2023

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day is observed on the third Wednesday of October every year, falling on October 18 this year. The aim is to spread awareness about local businesses and convey our gratitude to our local chambers of commerce for supporting the growth of entrepreneurs and local businesses.

HISTORY OF SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DAY

The idea of joining several businesses together in a shared initiative to boost commerce started in Europe many years ago. Traders would band together and establish trade policies that would protect them against the foreign bourgeoisie. The term ‘chamber of commerce’ was first recorded in 1599 in Marseilles, France, when various businesses came together to form an organization. This idea was adopted by Germany and eventually spread throughout Europe.

In America, the oldest Chamber of Commerce is the New York State Chamber. The Chamber was established in 1768 and chartered by King George III in 1770, predating even the Declaration of Independence.

In 1773, the first local chamber was established in Charleston, South Carolina. This structure was then adopted by several other states and, soon, there were local chambers all across the country.

While there were 40 local chambers of commerce in the United States by 1870, today, that number has surpassed 5,000 — each of them working toward promoting and supporting local business initiatives and addressing the needs of the changing market.

The Woodinville Chamber of Commerce began in 1962.

HOW TO OBSERVE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DAY

  1. Volunteer for events at your local chamber

    One of the best ways to observe this day is to research online about any events happening at your local chamber of commerce, and go volunteer. There is always something you can do to assist.

  2. Appreciate and encourage the efforts of local chambers through your social media accounts

    You can hop on any of your social media platforms to spread awareness about this day and all the good works our local chambers do. Make a post with the hashtag #SupportYourLocalChamber and share it with your followers.

  3. Shop with local businesses

    You, too, can play your part in supporting the community by patronizing local businesses. This is one simple way by which you can help local entrepreneurs and businesses thrive.

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