The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our city. For more than 40 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting, representing and enhancing the interests of Airdrie’s business community. The Chamber represents over 500 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our area.
The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Airdrie & Area. The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce grassroots policy-building process is key to our success as Airdrie's business advocate. It is our goal to advocate for policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses in our region, and beyond.
Chamber policies are voted into force at the Alberta Chamber's annual AGM.
Determining Our Issues
Through a committee structure that encourages discussion and surveys our membership, the Chamber develops positions on a variety of issues that are important to our members and the community as a whole.
Once a policy position is drafted and endorsed by the Board of Directors, an advocacy strategy is developed to inform, educate and gain support of government officials, Chamber members and the general public. Advocacy efforts typically include meetings with elected officials, letter writing, roundtable discussions, collaboration with partners and submitting policy resolutions to the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.
See some of our most recent advocacy efforts here.
Safe Sales and Services - Reopen Our Economy
The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce represents close to 500 businesses who, when able to operate, employ thousands of Albertans. Many of these businesses are on the brink of collapse following months of government-mandated restrictions that have either closed or drastically reduced their ability to produce revenues.
On behalf of our members and the Airdrie business community, we are imploring the Alberta government to launch an immediate safe re-open plan outlining actions expected of operators, and to reduce business restrictions, to begin re-opening and healing our economy. It's time we had a plan to reopen business safely, sales are better than subsidies and ultimately necessary for survival.
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Advocate on behalf of small business and sign the following advocacy letter that will be sent to the Government of Alberta through our MLA offices and task force. Or if you prefer, please send your own advocacy letter. Please email the signed letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download and sign the letter here: http://bit.ly/AC-advocacy-letter