Welcome to The South Suburban Chamber of Commerce
The South Suburban Chamber of Commerce representing Oak Creek, Franklin and the surrounding communities, is a business organization whose purpose is to promote the interests of our members and enhance the regional business climate, economy and community.
Today’s South Suburban Chamber of Commerce is a versatile and powerful business tool. Small and mid-sized businesses enjoy the visibility, business advocacy and resources of the community. Larger corporations recognize that membership in the Chamber is an essential part of what it means to be a part of the community.
Chamber membership also increases legislative bargaining power for all businesses. Chamber members work together to impact decisions at the local, county, and state level by providing information to its members and facilitating forums with elected officials.
For many business leaders, Chamber membership is an excellent networking opportunity, which is so essential for regional development, cooperation and globalization.
The South Suburban Chamber also serves the community by providing events and services that promote and celebrate the growth of the local economy. The Chamber is an exciting and vital business resource that empowers businesses and their communities to grow and succeed.
WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
The South Suburban Chamber is a voluntary membership organization governed by a Board of Directors and staffed by a professional association executive and an executive assistant. Membership is open to any business from the individual entrepreneur to the large corporation with thousands of employees. Membership dues are based on the number of full time equivalent employees.
We invite you to become more involved and take advantage of some of the benefits of membership. Listed below are just some of the programs your business could participate in and benefit from.
Investment in your Chamber means:
- Community Development and Involvement
- Member Resources
- Customer Loyalty and Reliability
- Educational Programs
- Advertising and Accessibility through Resource Guides, Maps and Websites
- Business Growth
- Affinity Programs including insurance and travel
- Member-to-Member Discounts
- Business Relationship Building
- Giving Back to the Community
A Letter from your President
2016-2017 Chamber President
Nucor Cold Finish Wisconsin, Inc.
Dear Chamber Member,
I am very privileged to be serving as the current president of the South Suburban Chamber. As the region continues its outstanding development and growth, the Chamber continues to support the new and expanding businesses in Oak Creek, Franklin and the surrounding communities.
In the past year the Chamber has continued to grow its membership base through one-on-one contact and social media, networking breakfasts, lunches and business after hours events.
We’re also listening to members and developing services and offerings to meet their business needs.
- The Manufacturers’ Council and its Heavy Metal Tours, held at the ECAM Center at MATC each October, offers high school students the opportunity to learn about great careers in manufacturing.
- The Chamber sponsors annual State of the Cities programs with the mayors of both Oak Creek and Franklin.
- The Annual Legislative Update with the region’s State Representatives gives the members a first-hand report on the activities in state government.
These initiatives, among many others, help strengthen our position as a regional Chamber, now in our 15th year.
Our focus for the future of the Chamber is in the growth of the number of renewing members; developing new members; and expanding the number of Chamber offerings.
Our growth is not only in our ever-expanding membership, but also in its growing list of benefits. In addition to our networking opportunities, the ABLE lunches and business after hours events with five other Chambers, the annual awards dinner and the summer golf outing, we are growing the number of ribbon cuttings, legislative meetings, and volunteer opportunities for our members. Check out our website at www.southsuburbanchamber.com for more information on our many events and activities.
As we move forward, the mission statement of the Chamber provides us with a clear direction: The South Suburban Chamber is a business organization whose purpose is to promote the interests of our members and to enhance the regional business climate, economy and community.
As we celebrate the businesses that continue to enrich our community, we challenge each other to make our business community stronger, healthier and better.
Jerry Richie, 2016-2017 Chamber President
NUCOR Cold Finish Wisconsin, Inc.