Participation by the private sector in the shaping of public and economic policy helps government officials understand and appreciate how legislation, ordinances and decisions impact local commerce and industry. Look no further than recent events and issues for confirmation on the need for active private involvement and engagement. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the medium often leveraged to express the collective views of businesses throughout Bristol County is the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce.
The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce was created over 100 years ago to represent and advocate on behalf of area businesses. Chamber members develop the organization’s positions on issues by working through the Government Affairs Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Leaders in business that are involved on these committees are charged with reviewing and monitoring legislation and regulations that impact industry and commerce. They also preview government meeting agendas and attend and testify at agency hearings on ordinances, regulations and legislation. Based on the anticipated impact and the timing, the Chamber may at times prepare written testimony, submit legislation and serve as a medium to educate and engage elected officials.
Above all the Chamber is an independent voice for businesses. Working in collaboration with government leaders is very important, but it is essential to distinguish that the Chamber is not a department within any municipal entity, or part of any state or federal agency. Furthermore, the Chamber organization only operates on private financial support. The Chamber does not receive operational funding from any city, town or state entity. The Chamber also does not maintain a Political Action Committee (PAC) and does not offer endorsements of elected officials prior to elections. These long standing ethical practices allow the Chamber to objectively represent business interests without conflicts of interest or political pressure.
The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve as the region’s most ardent supporter for businesses. We are absolutely unapologetic in our support of enterprise and commerce. These are the employers who are making investments, taking on risks, creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and government services through their taxes and payrolls. These companies also provide the means for the community to afford the public amenities and quality of life investments that are enjoyed by area residents. The Chamber also works tirelessly to ensure the success of area businesses. By advocating for the best interests of businesses and our community the Chamber fulfills its mission and purpose.