What We Provide Members With
The first annual East Side Chamber of Commerce banquet celebration, February 12, 1926.
The East Side Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1925 for the purpose to strengthen and promote businesses and provide resources for the enrichment of the Chicago South East Side area. It encourages the expansion of existing industries and businesses while giving assistance to individuals and entities looking to create new businesses in the East Side. At the Chamber of Commerce, we work very hard to help our members achieve all their business goals each year, and we measure our success by our member’s success.
We’ve recently created new programs and events that not only support our members as business owners, but also benefit the East Side Community as a whole. Memberships make these programs and events possible, and without them we cannot accomplish our shared mission of a thriving, profitable business community. We’d like to share with you some things the East Side Chamber of Commerce is currently doing in the community and for its businesses:
Maintains the East Side Chamber of Commerce website, www.eastsidechamber.net and Facebook page which have a listing of all our members’ businesses, special events, and information for visitors. This is the main site for our residents.
Hosts many networking/special events such as the Community Day and Lighting of the Christmas tree.
Supports local businesses by collaborating with the Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC) to provide free business consultation and promote the “Shop Local” program that encourages people to shop in the East Side in support of the local economy.
Sponsors and, co-sponsors many community events such as the Easter Bunny Celebration, The 10th Ward Housing EXPO and the Treat or Trunk Halloween event.
Your support is VITAL to accomplish the many important services provided by the Chamber. Even though we thrive on volunteer support, and have a modest staff, memberships ARE VITAL to our success!
Please join us in our effort to make the East Side a great place to live and work by becoming a today!
“EastSide Commerce gave me tons of fresh ideas about how to grow and develop my business, and today, my company is thriving like never before. I’d never be in the position I’m in now without their amazing ideas and support.”
“After leaving my position as a corporate CEO, I needed a fresh start. EastSide Commerce helped me discern my options and choose my next step to start my new venture. Always open and receptive to my ideas and values, EastSide Commerce provided me with complementary solutions.”
“Starting my own small business was really scary. But EastSide Commerce consulted me on how to move forward without getting caught up in the details. I was very impressed with their professionalism and transparency throughout the consulting process.”