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.”
“From the seminars for developing leaders and business growth to recognizing local businesses and individual contributions, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce continues to further the business interests of our community by providing programs and services that are vital for the future economic development of our county. The Work-Readiness program and Golf for Kids event are two examples of how the Clermont Chamber gives back and supports local youth. It’s important to me that where I am spending my time aligns with my personal and professional goals. The Clermont Chamber of Commerce offers me the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals who want to see our county thrive.”
“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.
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone at the Chamber for your help, support and just flat out the level of excellence you all brought to us at ribbon cutting ceremony. We are so beyond grateful for all that you did at the event and leading up to the opening.
Secondly, I just want to express how unbelievably impressed everyone was and is with all that the Clermont Chamber is and does. I received sooo many compliments in regards to the Chamber during the event from those that have been unfamiliar. There is absolutely no doubt that none of this would have been possible without your involvement. It’s exciting the be leading the state in a new model of health plan delivery and I get the feeling this is just the beginning.