What is a Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber is a nonprofit, membership-based business association that provides networking, education, marketing, and advocacy services for its members.
Where is The Osceola Chamber located?
The Osceola Chamber is conveniently located right outside of downtown Kissimmee on Highway 192 next to Valencia College. The address is 1425 E Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34744.
How many members does The Osceola Chamber have?
The Osceola Chamber has more than 800 members with representation from every business segment – Corporate, Industrial, Retail, Financial Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, etc.
Why are the prices for Chamber membership not listed online?
We do not list the membership investment rates online because we offer several levels with different “bundles of value.” We allow the business to choose. We prefer to get to know you and your needs and who you are looking to gain as a client.
How do I become a member of the Chamber?
Joining The Osceola Chamber is easy. All you need to do is complete the online membership application or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A Business Development Director will then reach out to you with more information.
How is the Chamber Funded?
The Osceola Chamber funds their operations via multiple sources, including dues from members, professional services contracts with multiple entities, special events, sponsorships, services and more.
What is the Federal Tax Status of the Osceola Chamber?
The Osceola Chamber is a 501(c)(6) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. IRC Section 501(c)(6) is reserved for business leagues, chambers of commerce, boards of trade, or other similar organizations.
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Is the Osceola Chamber a part of local government?
No. While the Chamber works closely with the City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, and Osceola County on matters of policy and to create a positive business environment, the Chamber is not part of the government.
When does “the Chamber” meet?
With 9 Area Councils, this brings 9 Board of Directors meetings which are held monthly. The Chamber also schedules a monthly Business After Hours for members to mix and mingle. In addition, the Chamber hosts a variety of special events including Three Kings Day, Annual Meeting, Osceola Update, Spirit of Hospitality Awards, Toho Big Fish Blast, and Viva Osceola.
Other than events, what does the Chamber do?
The Chamber provides members with numerous marketing benefits as well as serving as an advocate for businesses. The chamber acts as a vehicle to get you in front of the community. It also offers education for businesses and gets you connected to the business community.
Does your business have to be located in Osceola County to join the Chamber?
No. Chamber membership is open to any business that has an interest in the area. Businesses located within and outside of Osceola County receive the same benefits. They develop professional contacts within the membership and their products and services are promoted to their fellow members and to residents of the community.
We don’t do business locally so why should I be a part of the Chamber?
You may not sell your product or service locally, but you operate your business here and that affects your bottom line. The Chamber works in many ways to develop the community as a good place to operate a profitable business. Whether it is parking or zoning issues or site plan review process, all of these issues have the potential to impact your business. The Chamber can help you stay informed and give you a voice on these types of issues.
Is [Company Name] a member of the Osceola Chamber?
To find out if a specific company is a member of the Chamber, please visit the Business Directory. Once there you can search for the company by name.
Can you provide me with a list of companies who…?
To find a list of companies who are members of our chamber and are in a specific industry or who provide a certain service, please visit our Business Directory. Once there you can search by category.
What advertising opportunities does the Chamber provide?
Members have exclusive opportunities to advertise
- in the bi-weekly newsletter, which is emailed to over 1,500 members and civic leaders
- on the Chamber website, which includes a searchable business directory with comprehensive information about our members
- on our social media pages, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
How can I file a complaint about a business or company?
The Osceola Chamber is not a government agency, and therefore has no authority to investigate how companies conduct business nor are we able to accept complaints. You can file a complaint against a business with the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Better Business Bureau.
Can you give information about starting a business?
The Chamber provides resources for small businesses through its partnerships with the Small Business Development Center and Prospera. For information about starting or expanding your business in Kissimmee/Osceola, please visit www.sbdcorlando.com or www.prospera.com.