The Rockford Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in our community for over 100 years. Over that time, we've helped many thousands of businesses grow and expand and we've been a constant advocate for investment in our community's quality of life.
The founding officers and members of the Chamber wanted the organization to be "a forceful working unit for the good of Rockford". As we move forward for the next 100 years, we remain committed to this important work.
MISSION: Leading Business Growth.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefit to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business, and providing service and educational opportunities that help our members grow.
To survive and prosper in the new economy for the benefit of the community, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce must continue -- and expand upon -- its tradition of business excellence and community leadership.
The Chamber has long been an incubator of new ideas; having spun off successful civic-purposed economic development organizations including the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
To continue this tradition, the Chamber must hold-true to its core values. These core values characterize the organization, its leadership and its staff. They serve as a guide for all aspects of personal and organizational behavior associated with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.
Service: we are passionately committed to serving our members and our community
Integrity: we adhere to the highest standards of professional integrity
Advocacy: we are an advocate for business and for issues reflecting our values and vision
Communication: we effectively communicate with our members and our community
Improvement: we strive for continuous improvements in our organization and our region
Teamwork: we value leadership and rely on teamwork; we will achieve far more as a team than as individuals
Leadership: we identify opportunities for growth and lead in exploiting these opportunities
Diversity: we are a leader in representing all members of the business community and in helping them grow
Excellence: we are committed to quality, a sense of urgency, a desire to excel and have a bias toward action
Accountable: we are individually and corporately accountable to living the mission of the Chamber
Professional: we as an organization have qualified, creative, and innovative staff to support our mission