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State Guide: Chambers of Commerce

As a small business owner in the U.S., it is important to be familiar with your state's chamber of commerce. A chamber of commerce is a local organization of businesses designed to help protect and promote business interests. Some say they are essential to the economic growth of a community. 

However, if you own a small business, your membership in a chamber of commerce is not mandatory. Businesses are essentially voluntary paying members of a chamber, paying dues to belong and they in turn expect to receive the benefits of membership as long as they continue to invest in the organization. There are many minority chambers that seek to assist local business owners with their more specialized needs such as African-American, Asian, Latino, women’s chambers, LGBTQ chambers, and other collectives. 

Below are links to state chambers of commerce, the primary business advocate on all issues affecting employers in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. To suggest a resource for this section, please contact us.

Alabama Business Council of Alabama
Alaska Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
Arkansas Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Arizona Chamber of Commerce
California California Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
Connecticut Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Inc.
Delaware Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
DC D.C. Chamber of Commerce
Florida Florida Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

Idaho Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Iowa Chamber of Commerce

Kansas Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Kentucky Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Maine Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Mississippi Mississippi Economic Council
Missouri Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Montana Montana Chamber of Commerce
Nebraska Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Nevada Chamber of Commerce

New Hampshire Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire
New Jersey New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico
New York Business Council of New York State, Inc.
North Carolina North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
North Dakota North Dakota Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Oklahoma Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce

Oregon Chamber of Commerce

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry
Rhode Island

Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
South Dakota South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tennessee Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Texas Texas Association of Business

Utah Chamber of Commerce

Vermont Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Virginia Chamber of Commerce
West Virginia West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Washington Association of Washington Business
Wisconsin Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wyoming Chamber of Commerce

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If you are seeking legal advice for your small business, contact a skilled business law attorney in your area who may be familiar with the local practices of your state's chamber of commerce. A respected attorney will be able to help you get the answers you seek to all your small business law questions. 

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