The Mission of Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is to create an environment for local economic success, promote local business, enhance community development, provide support and bring together the experience and strengths of our business community for improvement and the overall quality of life in the City of Long Beach and surrounding communities.
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER. It is the central agency that corrals the forces of the community for its improvement and development - in business, in industry, and in the professions. Together, the Chamber does what no person can do by himself.
The Chamber is a voluntary organization. It is eight years older than the Declaration of Independence. New York State's Chamber was first, in 1768, then Charleston, South Carolina in 1773. From this early beginning the total number has blossomed to 4,000, with the number of chambers in the United States on a steady increase.
THE CHAMBER'S JOB IS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. This includes development of industry and trade, handling of civic activities, publicity and public relations for the community, and many others. The variety and scope of activities is virtually unlimited, depending on the needs of the community and the desire and ability of the Chamber to carry them out. The Chamber may aim to increase community payrolls, improve the buying power of its citizens, attract more customers to the trading and retail area, solve city zoning problems, improve the parking situation, and suggest the betterment of the licensing system. The Chamber may also suggest changes and improvements in legislation of the local body, the county, state, and nation, in such matters as taxes.
The Chamber does not carry all this work alone, but often works closely with other organizations and public officials. Its aim is to help all members of the business community; firms and individuals alike.
In some cases, the Chamber works with the City and county government, such as in industrial public relations and development programs. But the benefits to such bodies from such a working together are legion: The know - how of the Chamber and its available manpower and facilities designed especially for such type of work can sometimes do a specialized job that the City and county cannot.