Carlsbad Chamber serves as the unified voice of business
When the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce began in 1923, it was a good day if seven members showed up for a meeting. Now, we have more than 300 people attend our Annual Business Awards Luncheon. With more than 1,100 member businesses employing 65,000 or more, the Carlsbad Chamber is the second largest chamber in San Diego County and the 10th largest in California. It truly is an influential force for the region’s business community.
This year, as in years past, the Chamber works to promote business in a way that balances prosperity with quality of life. We do this through four primary avenues: Member Services, Educational Programs, Cooperative Partnerships, and Legislative Advocacy.
This includes our monthly newspaper – the Carlsbad Business Journal, member directory, award-winning Web site and the many opportunities we provide for members to meet, network and work together, including Happy Hours, First Friday Breakfasts, Business Expos and the State of the City Luncheon. Let’s not forget our world-famous biannual Carlsbad Village Street Faire, which keeps our local retailers on the map.
We will continue to give our members opportunities to learn and grow. Our award-winning Chamber University teaches leadership and management skills, and is a model for programs around the country. And it’s not finished growing. By now, you should all know about our Small Business Success Center, which offers group and one-on-one help with basic business skills and resources to help our members stay in business through prosperous and challenging times. Our Industry Roundtables give members an opportunity to meet with their peers and share their ideas and enthusiasm. We also are a center in North County for SCORE business counseling. The Chamber keeps updated information on the area’s major employers, clubs and organizations, along with relocation packets, employer posters and other valuable local data.
The Chamber excels in building partnerships with local government, educational groups and business organizations. It’s not unusual for us to be asked to solve problems, smooth relationships and help our members overcome hurdles to their business projects.
The Chamber publishes a Public Policy Manual that explains our positions on important issues. Our member committees gather information from various opposing views, review and discuss the issues and make recommendations to our Board of Directors, who also are volunteers from our business community. We then act to let our positions be known through our cooperative and productive relationships with city, county, state and federal representatives.
It’s important to note that the Carlsbad Chamber is independent from government. We receive no operating funds from the city of Carlsbad or any other government agency. While we work hard to promote or defeat legislation that impacts business, we do not and will not, advocate for or against candidates for public office.
Let us know how we can serve you.
President & CEO