Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce?  

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce is the Fox Valley’s largest business membership organization consisting of more than 700 member firms. Our mission is to enhance economic vitality, advocate for business, and create opportunities for our members.

What does the Elgin Area Chamber do and how does the Chamber benefit my business?  

The Elgin Area Chamber is the voice of business, working to create value-added membership opportunities and a business climate that attracts new businesses and enhances growth and expansion opportunities for existing businesses. As the leading local advocate for business, the Chamber helps create a climate of growth and success in which all companies - regardless of size or industry - can prosper.

Who are the members of EAC?  

The Chamber is a broad-based organization representing 700 businesses throughout the area that range in size, revenue, industry, and strategic focus. To view the current listing of Chamber members, please visit the online Business Directory.

How much does it cost to join the Elgin Area Chamber? Are dues tax deductible?  

The Chamber’s Investment Formula calculates each member’s dues based on employment numbers. For more information on membership dues, please call 847-741-5660. Chamber dues are deductible for federal income tax purposes as a business expense.

How do I join the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce? 

Our application is online and available to you right now or you are welcome to call our office at 847-741-5660.

What type of programs/services does the Chamber offer?  

The Chamber hosts more than 75 programs and events each year. These include high-level speaking programs featuring our region’s foremost leaders, issues-based roundtables, open networking, educational opportunities, and formal awards and recognition ceremonies. Our programs provide a platform for all our members to gain valuable insight from prominent business and government leaders, exposure to pertinent issues affecting the area’s leading industries, and the opportunity to build a valuable network of peers.

My business is not in Elgin, why should I join the Elgin Area Chamber?  

Many organizations are members of several local Chambers. If you do business in Elgin, you should be a member of the Elgin Area Chamber.

When is the Chamber office open? What can I find there?  

The Chamber office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. Exceptions are federal holidays and a rare occasion when the entire staff is at an off-premises Chamber event. To be certain, you are welcome to call our office at 847-741-5660. At the Chamber’s office, you can find a variety of information about our member businesses, membership directory, and a map – all free! The Elgin Area Chamber is located in downtown Elgin on Grove Avenue. Click here for detailed directions and a map.

How do I find out if a business is a Chamber member?  

Please search our online Business Directory. You may search by business category, keyword or company name. You may also call the Chamber at 847-741-5660.

Is the Chamber a good resource for finding vendors?  

Indeed. For most types of businesses, you can find the vendor you are looking for. Some companies have even joined so they could find a good lawyer, a good plumber, or a good advertising agency. You can look up Chamber members in the Business Directory.

What demographic information do you have available?  

Our economic development program, Elgin Development Group, maintains a variety of demographic and economic information. Visit the website or contact us at 847-741-5660.

I would like to register a complaint about a business. How do I do so? 

Contact the Better Business Bureau at 312-832-0500

I am looking for employment in the area. What information is available?  

The Elgin Area Chamber maintains a job bank for companies seeking employees. Visit the site eacWorks.

I will be visiting the Elgin area. What information do you have available? 

Check our community calendar and contact the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau where a comprehensive list of events and activities in and around Elgin is available. Chamber-member hotels/motels can be found here.