MCCC AND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE MYTH-BUSTING

Posted Date: 
June 6, 2011

 

Myth: All chambers of commerce are affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Fact: There is no ‘mother ship’ - The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is an independent membership association that is not affiliated with any national, state or local organization. While MCCC may work with other chambers and regional organizations in support of business advocacy, it also operates independent of Maryland state and local chambers.

Myth: All chambers endorse candidates for elected political office or make donations to candidates or political parties.

Fact: Under the official policy established by its board of directors, MCCC cannot endorse or fund candidates for elected office to support political campaigns.

Myth: All chambers oppose governmental programs to increase environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives.

Fact: MCCC is a strong advocate for protecting the environment and for promoting business opportunities in the new green economy. MCCC worked in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop a Montgomery County Green Business Certification program that is administered by the County. We seek to increase business participation in adopting sustainable practices into their operations. MCCC is a Montgomery County Green Certified Business.

Myth: All chambers oppose all taxes all the time.

Fact: No, MCCC understands that all citizens, corporate and residential, have a responsibility to help protect and improve our quality of life. But we also know that a healthy, vibrant economy is the key to its protection. MCCC has supported certain dedicated taxes that improve the quality of our infrastructure, education, and public safety.

Myth: All chambers are focused on protecting only the interests of its members.

Fact: Yes… and No. Our priority is to serve the needs of our members – to provide them with opportunities and access for business and professional development, and to advocate on public policy matters that are important to them. Over 20,000 participants representing corporations, government, elected officials, institutions and media attended one MCCC program or event this year.

 

Georgette “Gigi” Godwin is president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

MCCC Strategic Partners