Is the Chamber part of a state or national organization?
No. The Chamber is an independent entity with local business leaders serving as an elected board of directors. The Chamber will from time to time belong to other organizations based on programs and services provided. At this time the Chamber belongs to the US Chamber of Commerce and American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Can the Chamber help me with a business issue that is being impacted by current or proposed legislation?
The Chamber represents a variety of business interests at the local, regional, state and national level. The Chamber does not lobby for any one particular issue or business. From time to time, the Chamber will endorse an initiative when the Board feels it’s in the best interest of the members AND the community. If your business faces potential adverse impact by proposed legislation, we encourage you to share that with Chamber staff.
What is the Chambers Purchasing Policy?
The Chamber does its best to buy goods and services from Chamber members first and then from other community businesses. The Chamber does have to buy goods and services from time to time outside of the community and always looks for competitive pricing in doing so.
Does the Chamber run community events?
The Chamber actively supports a number of community events in Gardner and Edgerton. Because of our limited staff, we look for ways to support events behind the scenes from planning to marketing to evaluation. We do coordinate, along with a committee, the Johnson County Fair Parade and welcome additional involvement of any interested parties.
Are there tax benefits associated with joining the Chamber?
It depends. We recommend you contact your accountant for more information. Fees paid to the Chamber for membership, programs, or services are not tax deductible, however, they may be deductible as ordinary business expenses.
Can the Chamber help promote jobs we are looking to fill?
Yes! The Chamber maintains online job postings for a wide variety of jobs. Members may post jobs for FREE, in accordance with their level of membership. Non-member job postings are also available for a charge.
Do you have to be a member to attend a Chamber event?
No. The Chamber welcomes anyone with an interest in advancing the prosperity of the business community to attend one of its events. While many events are free of charge (such as our twice-monthly coffees), occasionally there is a member and non-member rate charged. We always welcome prospective members, guests, and visitors.
Is the Chamber part of the government?
No. The Chamber is an independent, 501c6 organization (as defined by the IRS) with a local board of directors, elected annually by the members of the organization. The Chamber occasionally may enter into a contractual agreement with local units of government for specific programs and services for the community.