As the Elgin area's largest business organization of entrepreneurs, small businesses, middle-market companies, non-profits, manufacturers, and corporations, a membership in the Elgin Area Chamber offers you a wealth of opportunities. Gain expertise and knowledge, build meaningful relationships, engage with business peers, and make a positive impact on your business and the community. The more you take advantage of all we offer, the more return on investment you will receive.
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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 550+ member businesses. 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 550+ businesses throughout Elgin and South Elgin and the surrounding area that range in size, revenue, industry, and strategic focus. To view the current listing of Chamber members, please visit the online Find A Business.
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 and South 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, 8:00 am to 4:30 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 at 31 South Grove Avenue.
How do I find out if a business is a Chamber member?
Please search our online Find A Service. 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 online. 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 Find A Business
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?
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.
What is the History of the Elgin Area Chamber?
The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in improving this community’s economic base for 113 years. Its formation was suggested in 1907 by the Retail Merchants and Business Men’s Association, an organization concerned at that time about equalizing freight rates with those enjoyed by Joliet and Aurora and hoping to interest manufacturers in this endeavor. We have a rich history with business that is unequaled and you can read about it more with our 100th anniversary publication. Download our History Booklet
The Elgin Area Chamber has been a U.S. Chamber Accredited Chamber and will be reapplying
Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and positively influence their community. The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber accreditation recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance. To receive accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology.