What is a Chamber of Commerce and what does it do?
The Chamber is a membership organization for area businesses which strives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Cincinnati USA, and seeks to attract new business, new industries to the area while retaining and growing existing business. The Chamber does this by offering cost saving benefit programs, educational and networking opportunities, business resources, exposure opportunities and government advocacy to protect and advance the interest of business. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is a private, not-for-profit organization. The Chamber is not a government body.
How do I become a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber?
Joining the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is easy! Simply fill out our online membership application or call our Customer Focus Center at 513-579-3111.
Why should I join? What are the benefits of membership?
There's no single reason why businesses join the Chamber. Here's a sample of the benefits you can enjoy:
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- Economic Development: The Cincinnati USA Partnership, directed by the Chamber, promotes new investment in the region, and expansion and retention of local companies.
- Government Affairs: Learn how state and federal issues may impact your company.
- Minority Business Accelerator (MBA): The MBA works to accelerate growth of sizeable minority-owned companies.
- CincyTech: Helps regionally-based technology companies grow. Workforce Solutions: The Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board offers a fee-free alternative to recruitment, job training and business services.
The Chamber leverages the collective buying power of 5,000 member companies to broker significant savings for members (and their employees) on eight of the biggest expenses business-owners face every day. In fact, our members saved $25 million last year, which in most cases, covers the cost of membership.
- Networking & Education: Unique programs to help members make new business contacts and learn best practices from your peers.
- Leadership Development: Designed to serve specific target groups at all stages of their career paths.
- Committee Involvement: Help shape the programs and services offered by the Chamber.
- Roundtable Network: Wide range of private roundtables, open to CEOs, CFOs, Sales Executives, Office Managers and Emerging Markets.
- WE Excel Programs: Programs geared towards the unique needs of women.
- HYPE: Harnessing Young Professional Energy serves a single connecting point for young professionals
- Business Lists: Create your own list, 24/7 with our comprehensive up-to-date regional database.
- Small Business Awards: Designed to enable your small business to become more competitive and profitable.
What are the dues? Are dues tax deductible?
Dues are based on the number of full-time employees in your company, with 4 exceptions: accounting firms, commercial banks, law firms, and hotels/motels. Chamber dues are deductible for federal income tax purposes as a business expense. Calculate Dues
How do I calculate my firm's number of full-time equivalent employees?
Chamber dues are based on the number of full-time equivalent employees in your company. If your company has full-time and part-time employees, use this formula to determine your number of full-time equivalent employees:
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How do I figure out the number of professionals?
For accounting firms: Employees, owners and/or partners performing billable work, including CPA's, CPA candidates, consultants and others.
For law firms: Attorneys (including Associates and Partners), paralegals and others performing billable work.
What are prorated dues?
When a company joins the Chamber, they pay one full year's dues, regardless of the date they join. All membership renewals are effective in January, so when the company gets its first renewal invoice, the bill will be for the months from the anniversary join date until the following January. We use prorated billing so that all of our members are on the same billing cycle. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the Customer Focus Center at 513.579.3111.
How do I calculate my benefit savings?
Use our savings calculator to "do the math" and determine whether, in addition to the networking, education and advocacy benefits, membership in the Chamber makes sense for your business.
How many Chamber members are there?
The Chamber currently has about 5,000 members.
Where is the Chamber located?
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber offices are in downtown Cincinnati in the Carew Tower. Directions and contact info »
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
441 Vine Street, Suite 300
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.579.3100, Fax: 513.579.3101
What does "Cincinnati USA" mean?
Cincinnati USA refers to our metropolitan area. The Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is made up of two Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs): the Cincinnati PMSA and the Hamilton-Middletown PMSA. For more information on how a metropolitan area is defined, visit the U.S. Census Bureau. Greater Cincinnati encompasses three states and fifteen counties:
How can I get in touch with Chamber staff members?
The Chamber's staff of 75 full-time professionals are here to provide you and your business with dedicated resources, programming and benefits, designed to grow your business. The Chamber is organized into the following departments to best serve you. Browse departments and staff
How can I get visitor information?
The Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network is a great source of information if you're planning a trip to Cincinnati. Visit cincinnatiusa.com
How can I get information after regular business hours?
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. We have several web sites to help you find the information you need anytime:
How can I look up my company listing or other company listings?
To look up a company, use Search for a Business.
How can I change my company listing?
Your company information may change due to a move, new personnel or addition of a website. View current information and make changes using the company information update form in the My Chamber Account area. You must be the primary contact for your company in order to make changes to your company record.
Does the Chamber use volunteers?
Yes! Volunteering for the Chamber is a great way to network with other members, contribute to the community and have fun all at the same time. There are numerous committees and major events that need volunteer support.
Where can I find a list of upcoming Chamber events?
Events are listed on the Chamber events calendar. The Chamber events calendar is emailed to members bi-weekly as In the Queue.
How can I find out what's going on at the Chamber?
Weekly emails keep members up-to-date. Chamber Currents e-newsletter is emailed every Tuesday. And there are special emails for interest groups, such as government advocacy. Back issues of Currents and ChamberConnect are archived on this website in the News area. The home page of this website carries the latest Chamber news, as well. Members can control email subscriptions in the My Chamber Account area of this website.
Can I get discounts because I am a Chamber member?
The Chamber negotiates volume discounts from service providers for its members. Chamber members also receive discounts on publications: visit our online Chamber Store. Registration to Chamber education and networking programs and events is also discounted. And members are encouraged to take advantage of the Member Marketplace program. Search for companies that offer a member discount using Advanced Search for a Business tool. A member login is required.
Are there open positions at the Chamber? How do I apply?
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is an equal opportunity employer. Visit the Chamber Careers pages for more information.
Can I use the Chamber logo on my website?
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber members may use the Chamber logo on their website. A member login is required. Logos and posting information »
What advertising opportunities are available?
There are newsletter, directory, website and email opportunities. Contact our Sponsorship Group for more information.
Can I use the Chamber's facilities for my meeting?
The Chamber's meeting facilities are primarly for use by Chamber committees, board and staff, however Gold members are able to use meeting space as an added benefit. Members can take advantage of high-tech, low-stress meeting space at discount prices. Contact of Customer Focus Center at 513.579.3111.
What is the Chamber's philosophy regarding economic inclusion and minority/women-owned business development?
The Chamber's goal is to stimulate a supplier base that reflects the broad diversity of our business community by creating opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses to compete on an equal basis with all other companies.