Thank you for your interest and membership investment in the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Please review below the many ways you can take advantage of your membership. Click on the name of the committee or task force you are interested in and email our membership department to get involved today.
In addition, you’ll find contact information at the bottom of this page so either way you contact us, let us know where you want to engage. Thank you.
Membership 101 Offered periodically for new members, existing members and prospective members providing information on how to get the most out of your Chamber membership. Great place to get started or to be reminded about what is available. There is no charge to attend but reservations are requested.
Air Service Task Force Brings together public and private interests from across the community with officials from Mobile Airport Authority to identify the travel demands of our area, improve the level of service and secure more competitive fares at Mobile Regional Airport. The Task Force also communicates community support to airlines. Meets as needed.
Ambassadors Member volunteers serve as Ambassadors for the Chamber and work to enhance member relations. Ambassadors meet bimonthly and also attend scheduled networking events and member grand openings/ribbon cuttings. Participants must work for a Chamber member business.
Awards and Recognition Task Force Assists in the review and selection of the Small Business of the Month and Small Business of the Year award winners. Committee members must be capable of reviewing business plans and confidential business financial information. Meets quarterly or as needed.
Board of Advisors The Board of Advisors adds value to your membership by providing access, interaction and a high-level of recognition for Advisors’ companies. Board of Advisor investors are top-ranking company executives with a desire to engage in peer-to-peer interaction in a variety of venues to connect with the inner workings of the Mobile-area business community.
Build the Bridge Coalition A coalition of private industry and government advocating for a new I-10 Mobile River bridge and for widening the I-10 Bayway. The coalition seeks to alleviate congestion that negatively impacts travel along I-10 in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Business Retention & Expansion Committee Business Retention and Expansion studies key business and industry sectors to learn what existing businesses need to maintain and expand. The committee holds bimonthly meetings with knowledgeable speakers, and helps companies resolve problems and grow businesses in our area.
Chamber Chase Volunteers drive this “total resource development campaign” by recruiting new members, securing sponsorships for Chamber events, selling ads in Chamber publications and obtaining needed goods and services. The campaign officially runs May through mid-August but volunteers may be involved year round. Any employee of a Chamber company may participate.
Chamber-Sponsored Travel The Chamber periodically presents leisure travel opportunities offering a chance to experience a foreign country with other Chamber members and individuals from the Mobile area.
Energy Committee In an effort to connect how energy drives economic development in our region, this committee works to educate and advocate for smart energy through balanced economic growth, energy security and diversification, transparency, and a reduction of administrative complexities.
Governmental Affairs Committee This committee reviews and researches legislative priorities, develops the Chamber’s community legislative agenda and makes issue and policy recommendations to the Chamber’s board of directors. Involved members should have responsibility for public policy-making within their organizations. Members may sign-up for either Local Affairs (City, County) or State Affairs. These sub-committees meet on an as-needed basis.
Growth Alliance Task Force Promotes the growth of minority business through increased community awareness, Chamber membership and participation in Chamber programs. The committee meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month.
Gulf Coast Technology Council Works to increase the visibility of local technology companies with bimonthly meetings, helps encourage development of a highly-skilled workforce to accommodate growth in the high-tech arena, and markets the area as a center for technology development on the central gulf coast.
Maritime Affairs Task Force Made up of a cross section of the local Port community, the Maritime Affairs Task Force meets as needed to discuss topics of interest, including port security, harbor dredging and funding from Congress, navigational issues, and cargo and commerce in the Port of Mobile.
Military Affairs Committee Seeks to strengthen the relationship of the Mobile business community and members with military interests by communicating issues important to the military community and raising awareness of the military’s impact on our local economy.
Oil & Gas Task Force Area offshore oil and gas producers, service providers, suppliers, and associated companies work together to sustain and grow the industry through networking events, trade show exhibitions, marketing initiatives, and by formulating appropriate advocacy positions promoting our local region. Prospective members must meet the criteria that more than 50% of the company’s business be offshore and oil & gas related.
Partners for Growth A multi-year initiative to sustain and accelerate Mobile’s economic growth through 2017. Participants invest in the program focusing on existing business retention and expansion, new business development/attraction, workforce development, and infrastructure and business climate improvement. Partners for Growth (PFG) Investors pledge to the multi-year initiative and receive recognition, involvement in PFG events, and opportunities to connect with new and expanding companies seeking products and services in the Mobile area.
• Executive Roundtable A forum for small business owners and/or managers to hear presentations by a featured speaker on important issues that help entrepreneurs manage or grow their business. Attendees also network to foster business relationships, share information and best practices. The committee meets monthly, 8 – 9 a.m., on the third Tuesday of each month.
• Nonprofit Roundtable A forum for nonprofit members to build relationships and promote networking with other nonprofit members. Provides educational and informational opportunities as well as promotes growth and enhances community awareness of area nonprofit organizations. Group meets triannually and is open to Chamber member nonprofit organizations.
• Women’s Roundtable A forum exclusively for women business owners and managers. Provides educational and informational opportunities as well as provides an opportunity to enhance awareness of women in the business community. Group meets bi-monthly and is open to women who own or work for a Chamber member business.
Trade Briefings Held to promote overseas markets, provide valuable insights into market strategies and a country’s overall economic well-being. Guest speakers are invited to participate in briefings.
Trade Missions, in-bound and out-bound Trade missions are held to promote business relations and increase Alabama exports to expand our economy and create jobs. Companies travel to different countries to develop and diversify their markets globally.
Trade Workshops and Seminars, including the World Trade Conference These events are held to provide export opportunities and discuss pertinent international trade issues to area companies.
Transportation Coalition Exists to help advocate and secure critical transportation infrastructure. Specifically, the Coalition works to maintain a positive working relationship between the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and key Mobile entities. The Coalition builds awareness of ALDOT projects, encourages community input and identifies and encourages active support of essential projects by member organizations.
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Works with key partners to ensure a skilled and ready workforce for the region. Also produces annual events, such as Summer Scrubs and the Health Occupation Career Fair, to engage future employees in the healthcare field.
• Summer Scrubs An intensive healthcare careers exploration opportunity targeting 12th grade Mobile and Baldwin county high school students. Students explore a different healthcare facility each day, interacting with healthcare professionals and observing on-the-job environments, such as nursing at the RN level or above, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, medical research and physician practice.
• Health Occupations Career Fair A two-day, hands-on career fair with a goal to increase awareness and interest in health occupations among Mobile and Baldwin county 10th grade high school students. The event also provides information about post-secondary health career programs, with an emphasis on local offerings, as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
- Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) A seven-month, after-school program that teaches a group of 24 high school students about entrepreneurship by leading them through the process of starting their own businesses. The learning is real and experiential as students learn how to write a business plan, pitch to investors, obtain funding, and market and launch their own enterprises. YEA! students become involved in the community as they engage with mentors, guest speakers, and other business professionals at weekly classes held at the University of South Alabama.
Business After Hours An evening event designed to allow members and prospective members a chance to network in a relaxed atmosphere. Held bimonthly at various sponsoring locations. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. No reservations are needed.
Business Expo The Chamber’s premier business-to-business tradeshow featuring more than 200 exhibitors from diverse industries within the Mobile area. Also features a one-stop resource fair for small business owners, managers, key employees and decision makers to meet local, state and federal organizations specializing in management, finances, procurement, marketing and technical assistance specifically for small businesses. Sponsorships and booth space are available for purchase and attendance is free.
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament The Chamber Classic Golf Tournament is held annually in the spring at a Chamber member golf course. The event provides a networking opportunity with over 200 company presidents, CEOs and representatives entertaining clients and customers. Sponsorships, teams of four and individual tickets are available for purchase.
Coffee with the Chamber A morning event designed to allow members and non-members an opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere. Held bimonthly at various sponsoring locations. No charge to attend and no reservations are needed.
Grand Opening, Open House and Ribbon Cutting Notification List Receive a monthly email notification about members’ scheduled Grand Opening, Open House and Ribbon Cutting events.
Member Appreciation Day Held annually in April to recognize and thank Chamber members, volunteers, investors and all who support the Chamber. There is no charge to attend and no reservations are needed.
Networking at Noon A lunchtime event held every other month providing members an opportunity to promote their business to a captive audience and make follow-up contacts in the same meeting. Lunch is provided and registration is required prior to event.
Small Business of the Month The Small Business of the Month award is determined by a nomination and selection process of the volunteers who serve on the Awards and Recognition Task Force. Nominations are made and submitted via the nomination form to the Small Business Development department.
Small Business of the Year Each year the Mobile Area Chamber recognizes and honors the important role small businesses play in the Mobile Area community and economy by presenting the Small Business of the Year award. Candidates may be nominated by individuals, customers or vendors, or may self-nominate. All finalists will be nominated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year competition and are encouraged to complete the application process.
Eagle Awards The accomplishments, successes and contributions of minority-owned businesses in the Mobile, Baldwin, or Washington county area are celebrated during the Mobile Area Chamber annual Minority Business Week awards ceremony featuring the coveted Eagle Award. The competition is open to any minority business that meets the stated criteria.
The Business View The Chamber’s monthly business magazine mailed to more than 20,000 business owners and managers in Mobile and Baldwin counties and e-mailed to more than 8,000 addresses.
The Business View Weekly The Chamber’s weekly e-mail news publication highlights Mobile Area Chamber member business news and publishes on Thursdays. It’s the only publication of its type in the Mobile metro area, with more than 8,000 individuals on the distribution list. Subscriptions are open to both member and non-members of the Chamber, but only member events will be included in the e-newsletter.
For a current listing of upcoming events visit the Chamber’s online Calendar of Events at www.mobilechamber.com.
I want to get involved!
Please send your area of interest, along with your contact information to:
Alison Unger or call 251-431-8617.