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Welcome to the Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Strengthening Your Business and Our Community

Travel with the Manatee Chamber


The Manatee Chamber’s travel program is a wonderful opportunity to see the world with a great group of individuals from our area. We choose 2-3 destinations each year and invite you to join us.

Iceland
Want a chance to see the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights)? Join us for 7 days beginning March 28 for a trip that includes geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, and polar ice. Extend your stay with two days in Helsinki, Finland and two days in Stockholm, Sweden. Pricing starts at $3,395 per person. Click here for a detailed itinerary and registration form.

Spain
If Spain is on your bucket list, join us for a 10-day trip departing August 30, 2019. Enjoy sightseeing in Madrid, Granada, Seville, and more. Art, culture, gastronomy... this region has it all. Get off the beaten path with an optional extension to Bradenton’s Sister City, Barcarrota, and Lisbon, Portugal to join our own Hernande de Soto Historical Society at Barcarrota’s annual festival. Pricing starts at $3,595 per person. Click here for a detailed itinerary and registration form.

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State and Federal Advocacy


The Manatee Chamber’s Legislative Committee developed policy positions which will be presented in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. The Chamber Board of Directors approved the State and Federal platforms of priorities for the Chamber at their September 2017 Board meeting. Guests, conference calls and research by committee members were coordinated in the development of the Business Agendas.

Click here for the Federal Business Agenda

Click here for the State Business Agenda

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The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce


Being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy. It communicates to consumers that a company uses good practices, is reputable, cares about its customers, and is involved in its community. According to a recent study by The Schapiro Group:

  • When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.
  • If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g. sits on the chamber board), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When a consumer thinks more favorably of a company because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy and cares about its customers.
  • The positive impacts of chamber membership have remained the same and even increased over time.