MADISON – Wisconsin’s 267 local chambers of commerce vary from village to town to city, but they play an important role in the state. Whether they focus on advocacy, tourism, economic development, entrepreneurship, young professionals, workforce or organizing community events, local chambers should be recognized for their efforts.
That is why Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed September to be Chamber of Commerce Month, once again, in Wisconsin. Walker made the proclamation at the request of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE) – a division of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state chamber – that offers professional development and advocacy for local chambers of commerce.
“Local chambers are the backbone of our local business communities all around this great state,” said Robert Moses, Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce President & CEO and WCCE Advisory Board Chair. “We regularly advocate on behalf of our members and serve as a crucial part of our local economies.”
Chamber of Commerce Month serves as an annual way to celebrate the work of local chambers of commerce. All around the state, chambers will host networking events and other programming to highlight the unique role they play in making Wisconsin the best place to live, work and play.
“Local chambers should take this opportunity to invite their community to learn more about what they do. The 267 chambers in Wisconsin are a big reason why our local economies are performing so well, and we should not be shy about highlighting what makes our state such a great place,” added Moses.
In addition to local events, chamber executives from around Wisconsin will gather September 19-21 in Wausau for the WCCE Annual Conference. Local chambers are also encouraged to host an event discussing the state of their local economy, something that is also done at the state-level by WMC and at the national-level by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, please contact:
Nick Novak, 608.258.3400