Membership Policies

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (the "Chamber") is a membership organization serving Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. It has nearly 6,000 members. The following document reflects the Chamber's Membership policies, which are subject to change with Board approval.

Chamber Membership Terms
The Chamber is an Ohio nonprofit corporation that is qualified under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. Active membership in this corporation shall be open to any person, association, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or other entity having an interest in the mission and purposes of the Chamber. A prospective new member shall comply with those requirements for admission to membership, including the payment of dues, that may be established from time to time by the Chamber's Board of Directors.

Admission of Members
Prospective members are required to pay Chamber membership dues  in full at the time of application. Membership dues cover a 12 month membership and are renewable each calendar year. New members pay a full first year membership rate in addition to a one time processing fee. (This fee does not apply to second and subsequent-year members.) Membership dues are generally based on employee count except in cases of hotels, banks, professional service firms and non-profits, dues for which are based on the following formula:

Type of business Dues based on:
Hotels: Number of rooms
Banks: Amount of deposits
Professional service firms: Number of professionals
Non-profits: Selected non-profits receive a special dues rate

Dues, which are subject to change in price and formula, are payable in advance and are continuous until cancelled in writing in advance of the due date.

There may be opportunities for members/prospective members to purchase additional membership packages that focus on specific services or initiatives.

Chamber membership dues may be deductible for Federal income tax purposes as an ordinary and necessary business expense (not as a charitable contribution). However, members should consult their own tax advisors for specific tax information and advice.

Honorary Members
Honorary membership in the Chamber may be conferred by the Board of Directors upon persons who or entities that have distinguished themselves in public or business affairs or have been of special service to the Chamber and its mission and purposes. Such honorary membership shall be granted based on the unique circumstances of each relationship. Honorary members shall have all the rights and privileges of active members but shall not be required to pay dues.

Termination of Membership
The Chamber reserves the right to deny membership, or cancel membership, if the Executive Committee, upon a vote of two-thirds of its members, determines in its sole discretion that a member poses a challenge to the Chamber achieving its mission, or is believed to be incongruent with the values of the Chamber.

Non-Payment of Dues
Chamber members who do not pay membership dues within 90 days of the due date may have their membership cancelled. In any such case, the Chamber will notify the member of the cancellation, which shall require no further action by the Chamber.

Privacy Statement
The Chamber is committed to protecting the privacy of members' personal information. This commitment applies with respect to information that we collect from visitors to the Chamber's Web site, located at www.cincinnatichamber.com, and to information we collect in order to process commercial transactions initiated by customers on our Web site (including the purchasing or renewing of memberships online). For a complete description of how we treat information submitted by members related to your company's profile, please refer to our privacy policy and legal notices.

Logo Use
The Chamber licenses its membership logo for display only by Chamber members in good standing. Images may not be modified in any way. If the logo is used on your company's website, it should be linked to the Chamber's website at www.cincinnatichamber.com. Any other use of the image requires prior written permission by the Chamber's Marketing Department, 513-579-3145. Downloading and displaying a Chamber membership logo constitutes your acceptance of these terms.

Updated January 2008

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