Reasons to Join

We support your business objectives.
The Chamber is the pre-eminent business membership organization in Guelph committed to supporting the goals of its members with services, products and an informed and committed staff.

We promote your business.
Chamber membership offers you many cost-effective opportunities to advertise and promote your business. Reach other business owners, decision-makers, and more than 56,000 employees in the Guelph area through Chamber publications and events.
 
We provide networking opportunities.
Advance your interests by becoming connected to Guelph’s foremost business network. Join the over 850 businesses and organizations working together to improve the business and economic prosperity of the region. Meet local business owners and decision-makers, and develop valuable new business relationships.

We represent your interests.
With the Chamber's advocacy agenda and our ongoing relationships with legislators at the federal level through the Canadian Chamber, the provincial level through the Ontario Chamber and directly to municipal officials locally we work on your behalf. Members are kept informed of proposed legislation and regulations that can impact their business.

We offer top-quality, affordable group insurance products.
Leverage the buying power of more than 30,000 businesses in Canada by taking advantage of Chamber insurance products. Chamber members have access to highly-rated health, dental and employee benefit plans that are affordable and locally serviced.

We enable you to take leadership roles.
Members determine the goals and objectives of the Chamber by participating on committees that support their business and professional goals. These committees enable members to take active leadership roles in the Chamber and in the business community.

We refer member-only businesses.
Your Chamber membership demonstrates to other businesses and to potential customers that you are committed to supporting the local economy. Members establish useful relationships with one another through lead exchanges and referrals facilitated by Chamber staff and other members.

We provide professional development training and seminars.
The Chamber offers many opportunities to develop professional skills and business acumen. Chamber Plus Networks groups and seminars provide the latest know-how to help you manage your business.
 
We facilitate member-to-member discount programs.
Members can take advantage of many cost-saving promotional opportunities and discounts offered by other members. Using the Chamber's popular online directory, members can search through Special Offers as posted by local member businesses in order to take advantage of exclusive discounted merchandise and services provided to Chamber members and their employees.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization comprised of businesses, professionals and organizations. Chambers promote economic policies which serve the best interests of the business community, and develop programs designed to meet the needs of members.

What does the Guelph Chamber of Commerce do?
The Chamber represents business organizations in the Guelph area. The Chamber's mission is to provide outstanding value to its members and stakeholders as the champion of business, ensuring that Guelph is the best community in which to live, work or visit. The Chamber acts as the voice of the business community on significant public issues.
 
What types of businesses join the Guelph Chamber?
Membership in the Chamber is drawn from every sector of the economy -- manufacturing, retail, public sector and services -- and includes large and mid-size businesses as well as new, entrepreneurial and home-based enterprises. In addition, many professionals join as individual members. The Chamber reflects the economic diversity of the Guelph area with more than 850 members representing in excess of 56,000 employees.
 
How does Chamber membership help my business?
Chamber members achieve the best return on their investment by becoming involved, staying connected and utilizing Chamber resources. Members are advised of the many opportunities to become involved by participating on committees designed to meet a wide array of diversified business objectives.  Members also take advantage of opportunities to establish business relationships with one another and use Chamber products and services - such as group health insurance plans, Visa and MasterCard preferred merchant rates, Imperial Oil/Esso fuel discounts - that can provide substantial savings.
 
What type of programs does the Chamber sponsor?
Throughout the year, the Chamber offers many networking opportunities, seminars, and dynamic speakers to help members manage their businesses. Our Annual Golf Tournament gives members a chance to compete on different playing fields. Chamber members also may take advantage of a variety of sponsorship and marketing opportunities to promote their businesses and products.

Does the Chamber sponsor any business awards programs or conferences?

The Chamber hosts the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala in June where the achievements in our community are acknowleded and celebrated.
 
Is there a fee for joining the Chamber?
Yes. Membership dues are charged annually, based on the type of business and the number of employees.
 
Not yet a Chamber member?

Remember, Chamber members support one another and make use of Chamber referrals in developing business relationships. Don't delay, join today. To join, apply online

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