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Chamber Programs

Area Business Councils

Meeting our members where they live and work is the basic goal of the Chamber’s four area business councils. With councils for businesses located Beachside, in Palm Bay, West Melbourne and the Viera/Suntree area, the Chamber holds regular meetings in each locale in order to engage members by discussing topics, issues, concerns and items of localized importance.

Better Business Council

One of the Chamber’s best values is membership in its Better Business Council (BBC). Too often, consumers looking to purchase products or pay for services do so without the assurance that they will be doing business with a reputable company. When consumers call us and request referrals, we are able to assure them that BBC members must adhere to a strict code of ethics including having no unresolved, warranted complaints registered against them. If there ever is a formal, written complaint registered against a BBC member, a free service is offered in order to resolve any issues between the consumer and business.

Besides abiding by the BBC Code of Ethics as mentioned above, a business desiring to join the BBC must be a Chamber member in good standing, have been in business locally for at least one year, be properly licensed and insured as well as provide current copies of the same. Additionally, a business must have no outstanding judgments or complaints registered against it with any Florida agency. An additional BBC membership is required.

Chamber 2040

The mission of Chamber 2040 is to develop and promote the business interests of professionals between the ages of 20 and 40 for the Chamber’s overall growth and prosperity. Programming is focused on professional development, sharing of best practices and networking opportunities. Members of the Steering Committee and/or Chamber 2040 at-large serve as liaisons to standing Chamber committees to represent the young professional viewpoint.

Chamber Visitors Bureau (CVB)

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A major contributor to the strength of our local economy is its diversity, and one of those components is the tourism industry. Whether visitors are considering our area for leisure purposes or for group business, it is vitally important that the Chamber communicates to potential visitors all that our area has to offer in order to compete with other Florida destinations. It’s also our goal to bring business to our member base in the areas of accommodations, dining, shopping, attractions and supportive services. This is the role of the Chamber’s Visitors Bureau. We all benefit from dollars generated by tourism and travel, and we invite you to join us in our quest to bring those dollars right here to the communities of the Melbourne Coast by becoming a member of our visitors bureau for an additional membership. It includes having your business promoted on our tourism website, www.TheMelbourneCoast.com.

Education

The Career Academy programs sponsored by the Melbourne Regional Chamber bring business and education together to prepare students who are entering the workforce. The National Academy Foundation–certified Chamber career academy programs, provide exciting learning experiences for students, helping them develop skills such as teamwork, communication, critical thinking and leadership. By connecting students with local businesses, the Career Academy programs also provide students with opportunities for experiential learning through career shadowing and internships. The innovative, business-driven Career Academy programs have served hundreds of Brevard County students, impacting the lives of students, families and the community.

Events

One sure sign of a vibrant Chamber is the variety of high-quality opportunities it makes available to benefit its members. Whether the opportunity is for business networking, social networking, professional development or topical information purposes it must provide true value. This is the ongoing goal of the many and diverse events developed and conducted by The Melbourne Regional Chamber. These events include: Alive@5 monthly after-hours networking events, Business Breakfasts of Champions, Valor Awards, Defenders Car Show, TechXpo technology exposition, annual Impact Awards and installation banquet, Power Lunches, the Women of Excellence Awards Dinner, and more. Businesses looking for opportunities to promote themselves or make valuable business contacts are sure to find them at the Chamber. The Chamber plan includes over 150 events or meetings for our members to get the most from their membership.

Government Affairs

Serving as an advocate for local businesses on a wide variety of issues and communicating the business point of view at all levels of government are crucial roles that the Chamber undertakes through its Government Affairs Committee. The Chamber’s annual legislative agenda keeps the focus on current and emerging issues of vital importance to our business members at the local, regional, state and national level.

The Chamber formed the Business Voice of East Central Florida as a committee of continuous existence. Business Voice, a separate organization, allows businesses of our region to have a voice in the political process, where they can endorse and support pro-business candidates. In 2010, we successfully worked on one statewide referendum (No on Amendment 4) and two local referenda (the ad valorem tax abatement programs for the cities of Melbourne and West Melbourne). In 2012, Business Voice will again present a political Hob Nob, educating our members about candidate choices.

Small Business

Businesses with 10 or less employees represent nearly 70 percent of the Chamber’s membership. Therefore, it is vital that we provide our small business members with the information and opportunities that will assist them in attaining long-term success. The Small Business Council serves as a meeting place for our small businesses as well as the umbrella under which many initiatives take place, such as Leads Clubs. Monthly meetings provide small businesses with information on important topics and issues as well as open time for networking. Meetings typically take place at the Chamber at 8 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month and are free for members to attend. Invest in your own success by getting involved in the Small Business Council.

Women of Excellence (WE) Council

The mission of the WE council is, “To empower the working women of our community to achieve their highest potential through collaborative initiatives focusing on networking, professional development and community outreach.” This group continues to grow and reach out to the community with events like “New Year, New You;” the Women of Excellence Awards Banquet, Back to School for disadvantaged teen girls and networking at “Business on the Beach.” This council meets the second Thursday of every month at various women-owned or operated businesses in the community, learning about their lives, careers, challenges and successes.

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