More than simply a business advocacy organization, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce sees its mission as the advancement of the community’s overall quality of life
“In 1969, we began as a loosely organized group of individuals and organizations interested in the quality of life for people who lived in Clermont County,” says Matt Van Sant, the chamber’s fourth full-time President and CEO. “We organized around two projects: attracting a quality educational institution – the University of Cincinnati’s campus in Batavia – and the establishment of what became Mercy Hospital – Clermont.”Four decades later, the chamber points proudly to its involvement in such landmark community improvements as the development of State Route 32 and the widening of I-275 on the western border of Clermont County. The chamber also played a major role in locating the Milacron manufacturing facility and the establishment of the Eastgate Mall regional shopping district.
“People sling around the term economic development, but what it really means is the process of attracting private-sector investment in land and buildings, and the creation and preservation of jobs,” Van Sant says. “This is what creates a sustainable community.”
The Chamber involves itself in such areas as the development planning process, where it can influence the timing and placement of infrastructure investment and land-use decisions. The Chamber also fosters legislation favorable to a positive business climate and acts as a liaison between government and business when conflicts arise. And it maintains a vital interest in government financing programs and policies, as well as tax law.
The Chamber’s 800 members can expect to see these longstanding commitments to quality of life continue. “It’s pretty clear The Chamber will be successful by engaging its members and that’s exactly what we will be doing.” Van Sant says.
The Clermont Chamber of Commerce sees its mission as the advancement of the community's overall quality of life.
The Clermont Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of events and seminars each year, whether you are just starting your business or experienced. There are topics for you!
“I am very happy with my membership with the Clermont Chamber. I enjoy the discounts on medical insurance and also the networking events are a great way to meet people and promote my business.”
“I have been involved in the Clermont County Chamber for the past three years. My involvement with the Chamber has helped develop professional relationships to build my business. I feel that the Chamber allows me the opportunity to meet individuals from many different industries. If you are interested in growing your business or looking for a way to get involved in your community the Clermont County Chamber is a great place to start.”
“The Clermont Chamber of Commerce has provided many quality programs and services to the community. These programs and services are vital to the continued success for future economic development of our county. The networking opportunities are abundant and there is something for every type of business and/or profession to get involved with at the chamber. If you haven’t met Matt Van Sant, Chamber President, you are missing out on a true visionary.”
“The Clermont Chamber of Commerce has opened many doors for the Clermont County DD. Not only do we have the opportunity to build relationships with businesses who employ individuals with disabilities from our program, we also get the chance to participate on Chamber committees. The potential to meet new business contacts and gain support for our agency is phenomenal. Our hats are off to the Clermont Chamber of Commerce!”
The Clermont Chamber has been a great resource for me personally and professionally. Before I started working in this part of town, I can say that I had rarely ever set foot in Clermont County and I grew up my whole life in the Cincinnati area. I decided to get involved with the Chamber so I could learn more about this community. Since I attend many of the events and volunteer on numerous committees, I have met so many great people. I am only one of many insurance agents that is a member of the Chamber,and I have received a lot of leads from different people in different industries. But the pleasant surprise is I have also received many leads from some of the other insurance agents with whom I have formed a great relationship. When it comes to Chamber membership, you will always get back what you put into it.
Thank you so much for the warm welcoming into the chamber and all the introductions. It is truly remarkable to see how much better and different your chamber is from really any group I’ve been into, and I’ve been in A LOT of other groups. I am excited to hit the ground running and participate in the chamber where I can.