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Greater Kokomo Chamber: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a chamber of commerce?

A chamber of commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-based, business advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and improving the business climate and quality of life within a specific region.

Is the Chamber part of the city government?

No. The Greater Kokomo Chamber is a separate entity from the City of Kokomo. The Chamber is not a government agency, nor do we receive any public tax funding. We are a private, not-for-profit organization. The Chamber and City do share a similar mission to create an atmosphere where business can thrive, and sometimes partner on economic and community development initiatives. However, the two are separate organizations.

What does the Chamber of Commerce do?

The Greater Kokomo Chamber enhances members’ business potential by creating connections, providing resources and engaging in advocacy. 

Services include:

  • Business advocacy at the local and state government levels
  • Programs and events for networking, education, promotions, sales and advocacy
  • Business marketing opportunities
  • Business mentoring
  • Community information research and distribution for business relocation and start-up, tourism and new-resident relocation

What are the membership benefits of joining?

Businesses tell us their Chamber membership makes good business sense because they value our:

  • Business advice and mentoring – from fellow members, staff, and professional business counselors to become better business owners and leaders.
  • Networking opportunities – to find vendors, clients, business mentors, and referral partners.
  • Business education – to become better business leaders and run their business more effectively.
  • Business advocacy – to advance pro-business policy and improve the local business climate.
  • Marketing and sponsorship programs – to introduce or strengthen their brand in an competitive market.
  • Certificates of Origin 
  • Referrals

Who are the members of the Chamber?

Our growing membership represents small organizations, big corporations and self-employed individuals. Members represent a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, banking, professional services, education, health care, retail and restaurants. Some members have just started their businesses, and others have been in business for many years. Visit our online business directory to learn more.

What does membership cost?

There are two membership levels and four partner levels that offer tiered benefit packages. Member services improve at each increased investment level. Chamber membership is tax-deductible as a business expense. Join today or contact our Chamber staff with questions.

How can I register for an event?

You can register for events by visiting the event calendar and choosing the event you’d like to attend. The majority of events are included in your membership and do not have a cost attached but we would still like you to register for planning purposes.

Can I include the Chamber logo on my marketing materials?

You are welcome to display the membership logo that identifies you as a member of the Greater Kokomo Chamber on your marketing material including your website. Request your membership logo by emailing the Chamber or click here to download a Chamber logo. You are also encouraged to proudly display your membership window cling on your storefront. Studies show that the public views local Chamber members with positive regard in supporting their communities.

We do not use our standard Chamber logo unless it is promoting an official Chamber program.

How can my company get exposure through the Chamber?

There are many great ways to get exposure from the Chamber.

  • Get active! The Chamber is about meeting new people and building relationships for you and your business. Make a goal to attend one event a month.
  • Sponsor an event or program to expose your brand.

I am considering relocating to the area. Do you have relocation information?

Yes. Learn more about the Howard County area by visit the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau website. You can request a relocation packet be mailed to you or call the office of our Visitors Bureau at 765-457-6802 or 800-837-0971.

How do I register a complaint about a business?

We always encourage you resolve your complaint directly with the business whenever possible. When these efforts fail, contact the Better Business Bureau or call 317-488-2222.

"The value of my yearly membership costs always exceed my expectations. Managing a small business, I appreciate everything the Chamber provides me in order for me to be active in what it offers."
— Shannon Miller, Merle Norman Cosmetics