The Marietta Area Chamber functions as a local Chamber supporting business interests in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
From time to time, we asked about our relationship with the Ohio Chamber and/or the U.S. Chamber.
While we are dues-paying members of both of those chambers, we are not under their control in the least. The local chamber is a 501c6 non-profit organization governed by a 16-member Board of Directors, all of whom represent dues-paying members of our chamber. The board provides the policies and direction to be used by the staff in achieving the board’s goals.
The Ohio and U.S. chambers are controlled by separate boards of directors chosen from their membership. Those boards decide the direction and policies for their staffs. A huge difference in our chambers is that the state and national ones have affiliated political action committees that aren’t necessarily beholden to their boards. That means their PACs are totally within their rights to endorse not only issues, but also candidates.
The Marietta Chamber does not have a PAC; therefore, we can only take stands on issues, such as levies and ballot initiatives.
We are members of the Ohio and U.S. chambers because they offer resources to us and our members. They provide information on regulations and legislation impacting you, our business members, helping us share that information with you. We call upon the staff of either chamber to help us help you.
Your chamber is an independent, 123-year-old organization where the decisions are made by business people who live and work in this community.”
Your Local Chamber
At the local level, MACC supports and works closely with the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority and the Small Business Development Center at Marietta. MACC also works closely with ReStore Marietta, the Marietta/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, plus other local/regional entities whose interests are in the area of economic and community development.
MACC also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio (CCEO), which provides professional networking and education for Chamber professional staff and to the Board of Directors.
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
The Ohio Chamber is a statewide organization that keeps a watchful eye on government at the state level.
Founded in 1893, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce continues to speak out for business in the state of Ohio. Representing over 4,000 Ohio companies, their members are the family-owned business on the corner and the multinational company located in the local community. The Ohio Chamber advocates for a free enterprise system where businesses flourish and Ohioans prosper.
US Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded on April 22, 1912, at the suggestion of President William Howard Taft to develop a strong link between business and government.
Whether you own a business, represent one, lead a corporate office, or manage an association, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America® provides you with a voice of experience and influence in Washington, D.C., and around the globe. Their staff of experts—policy specialists, lobbyists, and lawyers—make up the world's largest not-for-profit business federation, representing:
2,800 state and local chambers
830 business associations
102 American Chambers of Commerce abroad
Their members include businesses of all sizes and sectors—from large Fortune 500 companies to home-based, one-person operations. In fact, 96% of their membership encompasses businesses with fewer than 100 employees.