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Welcome to the Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Strengthening Your Business and Our Community

Nominate Your Favorite Healthcare Professional


The Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Annual Champions of Healthcare Awards will be presented at a breakfast event at Manatee Technical College on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The awards will recognize the collective actions of the individuals, institutions and programs that have made an extraordinary impact in the Manatee County healthcare community and whose acts reflect dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their profession.

Click here for event information and to nominate a Champion of Healthcare.

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Apply for the 2018-2019 Leadership Manatee Program


The Leadership Manatee program, begun in 1982, is designed to expose current and future leaders to all aspects of Manatee County. It is Manatee County’s premier leadership training program and has more than 1,200 graduates. Applications are being accepted through May 25.

Click here for additional program information and application form.

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Give Your Favorite Small Business or Non-Profit Organization the Gift of Celebrating Their Success


Everyone knows a small business owner or non-profit organization that is doing things "right." They’re focused on customer service, their employees and the growth of their organization. Consider nominating clients, business partners, your favorite business - your own business! The winners will be announced at a special luncheon on August 17, 2018.

Click here for the nomination form.

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Volunteer for Project TEACH


Project TEACH is designed to increase career awareness among 4th grade students and to stress the importance of first impressions. For many students, this is the first time they have had a business volunteer in their classroom, and the first time they have been exposed to careers other than those of their parents.

The program begins at 7:30 AM with a volunteer orientation breakfast at Freedom Village, sponsored by Manatee Education Foundation. Volunteers then travel to their assigned school and spend one hour, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., with the students. In the classroom, volunteers present several activities stressing first impressions and career opportunities. At the end of the program, the students design business cards based on what they want to be when they grow up! Click here to volunteer.

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State and Federal Advocacy


The Manatee Chamber’s Legislative Committee developed policy positions which will be presented in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. The Chamber Board of Directors approved the State and Federal platforms of priorities for the Chamber at their September 2017 Board meeting. Guests, conference calls and research by committee members were coordinated in the development of the Business Agendas.

Click here for the Federal Business Agenda

Click here for the State Business Agenda

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The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce


Being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy. It communicates to consumers that a company uses good practices, is reputable, cares about its customers, and is involved in its community. According to a recent study by The Schapiro Group:

  • When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.
  • If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g. sits on the chamber board), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When a consumer thinks more favorably of a company because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy and cares about its customers.
  • The positive impacts of chamber membership have remained the same and even increased over time.