Commerce Chenango strives to be a pro-active force in government affairs, speaking on behalf of our local businesses. We add value to our business community and to the community at large by advocating policy initiatives that are critical to economic growth and job creation. Please feel free to contact us about the issues and concerns facing your business.
- Our Chamber’s Governmental Affair Committee represents the lobbying arm of the Chamber as they advocate for business-friendly politics. Each month they meet to examine business-related issues, formulate positions and sponsor events. The committee also generates Issue Alerts to encourage and enable our members to voice their opinions on the issues that affect them.
- To provide a much needed connection between the public and its elected officials and people in office, please feel free to browse our Legislative Staff Directory. It is a comprehensive listing of Federal Officials, New York State Officials, Senators, Assemblymen, Assemblywomen, Chenango County Legislators and Offices, Common Councilors, Committees and Town Supervisors and their respective staffs. This is a handy resource for those who want to be in touch with their federal, state, and local representatives to let their opinions on the issues be heard.
Commerce Chenango also partners with business organizations that represent New York State and our communities on a variety of issues.
Unshackle Upstate is a bi-partisan coalition of over 70 business and trade organizations representing upwards of 45,000 companies and employing more than 1 million people. They hail from across Upstate New York with one goal: To achieve reforms in Albany that make Upstate a stronger place to do business. Thousands of Upstate residents have already been heard by sending an email through their website to the decision makers in Albany.
The Business Council of New York State is the leading business organization in New York State, representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state. Its membership is made up of thousands of member companies, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. The primary function of the organization is to serve as an advocate for employers in the state political and policy-making arena, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs. They also help members cut costs and provide important benefits to their employees, with group insurance programs that are known for competitive costs and high-quality service. And they serve as an information resource center, providing an array of news and update services, seminars, networking, and individualized regulatory and legislative assistance to members who need it.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer. As the voice of business, the Chamber's core purpose is to fight for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world.
The Chamber Alliance of New York State is dedicated to focusing the collective influence and efforts of chambers, while contributing to their growth and professionalism. Having grown out of the New York State Chamber of Commerce Executives in 1997, this organization elevates the prominence and image of local chambers and provides a forum for sharing of ideas, management processes and new technology. CANYS is now the central point for joint efforts on behalf of local chambers in legislative affairs, economic development and organizational growth.
With our continued efforts, Commerce Chenango will continue to be instrumental in strengthening the climate for business success in Central New York!