Who we are
The Monroe Chamber is the premier member-driven business league in the City of Monroe. The Monroe Chamber works on behalf of local businesses and the community to develop partnerships; support prosperous conditions for business and facilitate growth needed for a stable tax base in Monroe
To lead our community with our members in mind to ensure their diverse opinions and needs are met, in order to cultivate a culture of trust, long-term community growth and business development.
How we operate
The Monroe Chamber is not a division of the U.S. or State Chamber or a part the city, county or state government.
We are a 501(c)6, volunteer organization, owned by the membership, governed by a board and executive committee, managed by paid staff and accountable to the membership.
The Monroe Chamber is governed by a volunteer board of directors. They are responsible for our financial accountability and policy. The Chamber exists to make Monroe a better place to live, work and play and is always striving to create value for our membership and helping your business grow.
Affiliations and partnerships
The Chamber is affiliated with the following organizations and boards:
· Economic Alliance Snohomish County. EASC exists to be a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure within Snohomish County. We have joined forces with them to represent Monroe and to grow our professional base within the county.
· Rotary Club of Monroe. The Rotary Club of Monroe is a service organization that helps our city through service projects from fundraising for college scholarships for our local youth community to the creation of an all-weather field built to accommodate those with challenges to providing dinners at our local battered women’s shelter to organizing our city’s annual Night Out Against Crime. By being a member of this service organization the Chamber is able to give back to our community and help provide for the citizens our city. ‘
· Monroe Kiwanis Club. Being a member of the Kiwanis club is a great way to a be leader and example for our youth community. Business leaders are great mentors and examples for middle school and high school Key Club Members. The Kiwanis is also a wonderful service organization that helps our local food bank, youth community and city.
· Washington Nonprofits. As the state association for all nonprofits, Washington Nonprofits makes sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed. Washington Nonprofits helps nonprofits learn what they need to know to achieve their mission. It increases their influence with policymakers and philanthropy so that they have a place at the table when decisions are made. It connects nonprofits to people and resources so that they can focus on getting the job done.
· Downtown Monroe Association. DMA’s goal is to sustain and enhance the downtown experience in Monroe, WA. The Main Street Approach is a community-driven, comprehensive methodology used to revitalize older, traditional business districts throughout the United States.
· City of Monroe Economic Development Advisory Board (Ad-hoc member). The 11-member advisory board will figure out ways to implement ideas that are already a part of Monroe’s Downtown Master Plan and Economic Development Plan, which is a standalone plan adopted into Monroe’s 2015-2035 Comprehensive Plan. The city’s driving document sets six overarching areas of focus for economic development.
· Monroe Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board. The Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board is a great way to stay connected and involved with the youth of our community. The Boys and Girls Club helps us stay connected and learn about different ways to market and promote our local business community to our residents.
· Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. The Chamber attends varies Sky Valley tourism committee meetings such as the River Recreation Coalition. To address the needs of coordinated river recreation and alleviate pressures of a growing recreation population, a coalition formed in October 2015 to develop a concept plan to support well-managed, sustainable recreation. The coalition is comprised of over 25 entities representing federal, tribal, state, and local governments and agencies; businesses; civic groups; nonprofit organizations; and residents.
Mission: To serve as the official diplomatic representatives of the Chamber of Commerce coordinating ground breakings, grand openings and other interactions between the Chamber, its membership and the public.
Mission: To provide business professionals an opportunity to come together to network, share business leads and referrals with the intention of increasing business.
Mission: To serve as the liaison between the business community and the Bay County education system.
Mission: To monitor activities of local, state and federal governmental entities, specifically targeting issues affecting business and creating a working relationship between the Chamber and governmental leaders.
Mission: To provide consistent, appropriate communication about the Chamber, help build relationships between the Chamber and the public it serves, as well as work as the editorial board for the Bay Biz magazine.
Mission: To monitor the events the Chamber is involved with and ensure events and commitment align with the Chamber’s Mission.
Mission: To shine a spotlight on members that help diversify Monroe’s economy and acknowledge existing businesses in appreciation for their involvement in the community, and their contributions to economic development.