Become a Member
Every day the Elgin Area Chamber is working to help you achieve your success in the Fox Valley. From being an effective advocate on issues that affect your business, your community and your family, to a trusted business resource for networking and education opportunities, discounts, and information.
As an Elgin Area Chamber member, you and your business will be united with 600 other members. Imagine the potential in resources, contacts and opportunities!
Members' Top 10 Benefits
- Business After Hours
- Website Business Profile Listing
- New Member Orientation
- Community and Directory Guide Listing
- Business to Business Expos
- Ribbon Cutting and Ground Breaking Ceremonies
- Volunteer Opportunities
- EAC Works Online Jobs Board
- Mailing Labels
- Annual Luncheon meeting
What Accreditation Means to Our Members. EAC Among the Top 3% of All Chambers Nationwide!
As the only program of the kind in the country, U.S. Chamber Accreditation validates a chamber as having strong standards of programming, demonstrating clear organizational procedures, and as being a catalyst for positive action in the community.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
"By being a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Accredited Chamber, our members know we are an accountable organization that is held to the highest standard; a standard by which only 3% of all chambers of commerce nationwide achieve,” said Carol Gieske, Chamber President and CEO. “We are among 210 elite Chambers of more than 7,000 across the country to achieve this status.”
The final determination of whether a chamber is accredited and at what level is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.