What is Chamber of Commerce?

A century ago, only 40 major U.S. cities had a Chamber of Commerce. Today, there are more than 7,000 Chambers, Boards of Trade, and designated non-profits advancing the business interests of their communities.

Businesses, in addition to the state of economy, regulations, competitions, and their own bottom lines, are also interested in wide range of other issues. From related technologies and new trends, to health care, transportation, education and workforce development, and much more.

Additionally, scarcity of available resources needed by various social priorities are strong causes for the politicians, nonprofits, and business leaders to collaborate and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their activities and resource allocations.

A Chamber is uniquely qualified to be the focal point for such collaborative efforts to effect positive changes for both businesses and the community.

Who Are Chamber’s Members?

Members of chambers of commerce typically are businesses, organizations, and various individuals concerned with the socioeconomic climate of a community. These groups join each other because they stand a much better chance of getting things done when speaking with one voice.

Chamber members can include the small hardware store on the corner, a mom-and-pop diner, an established bank downtown, the local sports team, a professional with a small office, a local educational institute, or a concerned community member. There is no limit or restrictions on the number or kinds of members that choose to get involved in a Chamber of Commerce.

What Are the Reasons for Being a Member?

• Opportunities for growth (professionally and individually)
• Access to resources (call on other members/experts for advice)
• Community involvement (helps them give back to their area)
• Camaraderie (a place to troubleshoot and cheer each other on)
• Face-to-face interaction leads to stronger relationships
• The Chamber does the leg work in bringing people together
• It’s a powerful referral generator
• Search Engine Optimization:

1. Having a link from the Chamber’s website is an authoritative reference point for search engine relevancy
2. Chamber websites are often very powerful and robust, so a direct linkage tells Google your site is also important by association
3. Creating relationships with other Chamber members generates word-of-mouth referrals, which in turn generate internet visibility


OCIACC consists of dedicated group of philanthropists, business and community leaders and residents who are creating an environment for the Iranian American community to network and connect. OCIACC offers its members a wide range of benefits, services, programs and information. As a Chamber of Commerce we focus on working together to help grow business community as well as to support those in need. At OCIACC we encourage a philanthropic spirit for the benefit of our County with partnerships and programs.

Orange County Iranian American Chamber of Commerce hosts networking events, fundraisers, workshops, and other activities, all with the aim of connecting local business owners.

OCIACC has a good reputation, and many consumers have positive perceptions of its members and their businesses.

“One thing a Chamber does is to synthesize the business landscape. By doing the behind-the-scenes work to pull together events and networking opportunities, our chamber makes introductions easy.” M.A.


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