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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are funded primarily by membership fees and our own funding efforts. We do not accept government funding.
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.
We have grown to more than 1150 member businesses—representing more than 33,000 employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.