The role of the Chamber of Commerce is to encourage businesses to work together for their collective best interest and that of the local community, while continuing to project a positive image of the Portuguese community in California. This is done by encouraging community unity, a more active political participation, and a better informed membership.
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
All members may receive publicity in the annual membership printed directory (3,500 copies), in our monthly newsletter (1,000 copies) and our Web site, www.portuguesechamber.com. In addition our site is exposed through links to such sites as www.portugal.com (350,000 hits/month).
We receive many requests each month for names of local businesses, professionals, services, etc. Only chamber members will be referred. . Chambers are widely and highly regarded institutions for their economic clout and political advisory input.
During the year, many programs are provided in areas of business management, financial planning and skills development. The schedules for these seminars can be obtained by calling the chamber at (408)288-7655 or by accessing our web site.
The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce of California belongs to the following organizations and, in doing so, makes available to you all of their information and applicable benefits:
All members receive a beautiful membership plaque identifying their association with the Chamber.
Members have an opportunity to participate in a complimentary lunch/event to introduce themselves to other Chamber members become familiar with the Chamber's activities and objectives.
The chamber will make membership roster and contact lists available to members for legitimate expansion of their business.
The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce will assist members wanting to benefit from the special provisions established by law to enhance the development of the minority/disadvantaged business incentive programs.
The Chamber makes available extensive information regarding business trends and forecasts, business opportunities, available financing and employment opportunities.
The Chamber facilitates secial free counseling services for solving business related problems through our resources with Small Business Administration, SCORE and U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Chamber offers all its members insurance plans at reasonable rates available through United Chambers Insurance.
The Chamber facilitates and promotes several Business Mixers. The members can benefit from the business and social contacts, valuable and interesting programs and augment their visibility and network of contacts. Food and refreshments are served during these events.