Representing your ideas—and interests—in Washington for nearly a century.
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.
A December 2008 public opinion survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that Americans rank the U.S. Chamber of Commerce among the top five best-known and respected organizations in Washington. The Chamber consistently leads the pack on lobbying expenditures.
From its headquarters near the White House, the Chamber maintains a professional staff of hundreds of the nation’s top policy experts, lobbyists, lawyers, and communicators. Special initiatives covering energy, infrastructure, education and training, and workforce rules help drive the pro-business agenda.
The Chamber is also active in shaping legal policy through its in-house law firm, the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), and through the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).
The Chamber’s International Division works in collaboration with 112 American Chambers of Commerce operating in 99 countries to expand global engagement. The Chamber also runs the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a program of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Through its growing network of grassroots business activists, the Chamber makes a tremendous impact educating voters, turning out the business vote, and advancing legislation on Capitol Hill.
Over the past year, the Chamber hosted more than 2,500 programs, meetings, seminars, and forums with various participants, including President George W. Bush and his Cabinet, members of Congress, and dozens of international leaders.
The leadership is equally diverse, with more than 100 corporate and small business leaders from all sectors serving on the board of directors.
If your organization is not a member of the U.S. Chamber, there are plenty of reasons it should be. ...Reasons to Join
"To advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility."
Programs and Affiliates
- Business Civic Leadership Center - an organization devoted to facilitating corporate civic and humanitarian initiatives.
- The Center for International Private Enterprise - a Chamber-led project of the National Endowment for Democracy that helps emerging nations develop the free market practices and institutions they need to succeed in the global economy.
- The Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness - to maintain and advance America’s global leadership in capital formation by supporting capital markets that are the most fair, efficient, and innovative in the world.
- The Global Intellectual Property Center - to champion intellectual property as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.
- The International Division - our trade and foreign affairs experts who work to lower barriers and expand our members' commercial interests across the globe.
- The Institute for a Competitive Workforce - the Chamber affiliate that focuses on workforce development and education issues.
- The Institute for Legal Reform - the Chamber affiliate that challenges lawsuit abuse on many fronts, fights for legal reform legislation, and educates voters in state judicial and attorney general races.
- The National Chamber Foundation - our public policy think tank that drives the debate, develops the data and arguments, and influences policy options on the most critical business issues.
- The National Chamber Litigation Center - our law firm that defends business interests and sues government agencies.
- The Political Program - the Chamber's aggressive political action component that endorses, supports, raises money, and turns out the vote for pro-business congressional candidates from both parties who are engaged in key races.
- TradeRoots - a sustained grassroots trade education program supporting free trade legislation and helping chambers, communities, and governors assist small and medium-size companies to expand into the global marketplace.