Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Oakville Chamber of Commerce?
The chamber of commerce is an incorporated not-for-profit association of member businesses.
Founded in 1949, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the business community in Oakville. We provide resources to Oakville businesses. In addition to providing membership benefits—networking opportunities, events, discounts, advertising and partnership programs, and educational forums—we are focused on government relations and business advocacy.
Our mission is to foster and facilitate a healthy, engaged and sustainable business environment and economy in Oakville.
Is the chamber part of the local government?
No. The chamber of commerce is a politically non-partisan, not-for-profit business association. We have a collaborative relationship with our elected officials but are accountable to our own elected Board of Directors and membership.
Why should I join a chamber of commerce?
The chamber exists for its members and works to add value to these member businesses by: helping to strengthen the local economy, providing networking opportunities, promoting the community at large and effectively advocating on behalf of our member businesses.
How do I become a member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce?
Is a chamber of commerce different from a board of trade?
The only difference between a chamber of commerce and a Board of Trade is the name. They serve exactly the same purposes. Chambers of commerce originated in France. Wanting to be different, the British called their business associations boards of trade.
What are the benefits of membership?
The benefits of your chamber membership are almost too numerous to name. From building your customer and supplier base through business networking to participating in our online learning centre to gaining visibility in the community to advocating local, provincial and federal governments—the chamber of commerce is working 24/7 to help you grow your Oakville business.
How is the chamber funded?
We are funded primarily by membership fees and our own funding efforts. We do not accept government funding.
What are the dues? Are these dues tax deductible?
Your membership dues are calculated based on your number of employees. Your membership fee also includes a contribution to our membership in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). They are tax deductible. Speak to your accountant.
How many businesses belong to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce?
We have grown to more than 1150 member businesses—representing more than 33,000 employees.
How many events does the chamber hold a year?
The chamber e currently holds approximately 50-70 events a year—ranging from breakfast networking sessions to afternoon Lunch & Learns to our Business After Hours events to a formal awards ceremony and high-profile political and business speakers. No matter what your schedule and interests, we definitely have something for everyone.
Where can I find a listing of these events?
Do you need volunteers for these events?
Are there advertising/partnership opportunities?
We offer many cost effective and targeted advertising opportunities, whether a banner on our website and electronic newsletter or an ad in our print publications. We also welcome and encourage partnerships for our events.
Do I get special discounts as a chamber member?
Absolutely! Members are eligible to receive a discount on gasoline through our Esso Business Card Program, a merchant discount for Visa, MasterCard and Interact payment, discounted group insurance rates, as well as a member to member discounts and advertising discounts—amongst many others.
Can I use the chamber facilities?
The boardroom is available for use by our members (during normal hours) who need a professional setting for meetings, but may not have a facility of their own. There is no cost for this benefit. Please contact us by phone or email to inquire about availability.
Can I use the chamber logo on my website and on my printed materials?
Members are encouraged to use the logo on their websites and other marketing materials. As a member, you are also permitted to use the logo for Ontario Chamber of Commerce.