Local Chamber, State Chamber: What’s the Difference?
Local chambers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve and especially here in Wisconsin, they do good work. Most local chambers are focused primarily on regional issues and many are involved in area economic development activities.
The state chamber has a different focus and mission. The primary purpose of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is to be a strong advocate for employers at the state and federal level through legislative, political and legal action.
Located in downtown Madison, just blocks from the State Capitol, WMC’s experts include five government relations specialists who work hard every day to improve the business climate for businesses of all sizes and from every sector of the economy. Representing more than 3,800 job creators and nearly 500,000 hard-working employees statewide, WMC serves as a powerful voice for Wisconsin employers.
Do you believe that politicians and bureaucrats understand how your business works and how their decisions impact you? That is why WMC – founded in 1911 – is on the front lines every day to ensure your interests are being represented. Encompassing businesses of all sizes, industries and areas of the state, WMC consistently is ranked as the number one lobbying organization in Wisconsin – no one spends more time and energy fighting for the business community.
You have a business to run—and can’t always be on the floor of the legislature advocating for pro-business policies to keep our state competitive, but WMC can!
Members of WMC benefit from our team of legislative experts and public relations professionals who advocate tirelessly for your business every day at the state Capitol; in the courts and at regulatory agencies in the following issue areas:
Members know that WMC is their trusted source for up-to-the minute information about the issues impacting the business community. With the 24/7 news cycle and more questionable media outlets appearing each day, you can be sure the information you receive from WMC is timely, relevant to your business and always accurate. From daily updates to a quarterly magazine, WMC strives to provide members with news, policy updates, editorials and other materials that help you best run your business.
WMC Membership provides your business with all the information you need to stay informed on issues that matter to you.
- Capitol Watch, our weekly e-newsletter, provides succinct information on the week’s latest happenings in the Capitol.
- Legislative alerts tell you when an important business issue is up for vote in the legislature and provides tools to easily e-mail or call your state representative.
- During the legislative session, WMC members can participate in bi-weekly legislative update phone calls with our team of lobbyists for behind the scenes information.
- Wisconsin Business Voice, a quarterly magazine covering the latest business issues.
WMC’s professional staff is on hand to serve Wisconsin businesses. Please contact us at 608.258.3400 or via email for more information!