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Selected Benefits for Larger Companies

Benefits of Joining The Main Line Chamber of Commerce

Selected Benefits for Larger Companies

Regional engagement – Chamber staff and volunteers represent member companies by undertaking prominent roles with other regional business groups, with a particular focus on economic development, infrastructure, education and work force development, and women in business leadership. A key goal is to bring the Main Line business community to bear on making the region an even better place to place to live, work and play.

Targeted opportunities for employees to engage – The highest-profile regional business leaders are regularly featured at Chamber events, such as The Main Line Society Professional Women™ and the Make More Save More Series™. In addition to quality networking opportunities, these programs feature thought leaders on topics such as employee engagement, sales and marketing, technology and social media, mission focus, leadership, regional economic issues and health. The Young Professionals group helps individuals aged 24 to 40 to enhance their networking skills. The Chamber also offers peer group gatherings for executives, including CEOs, of similarly sized companies.

Enhancing the quality of life for your employees – The Chamber Nonprofit Roundtable helps organizations that provide services in the region to become more successful. Each year, the six-month Leadership Main Line program helps as many as 25 rising stars within companies gain a more thorough understanding of the Philadelphia region. Education sessions focus on giving LML participants knowledge and skills to help them succeed, while gaining an appreciation of how to enhance a company’s impact on the community. Participants in 2012 include representatives of Vanguard Group, Aqua, Lincoln Financial, Wells Fargo, Stradley Ronon, WeiserMazars, Prudential Fox & Roach, Devereux, Main Line Health, PECO, Lower Merion Township and the National MS Society.

Looking out for business interests in the region – When local politicians and business owners face issues and opportunities, they often turn to the Chamber for help. The Chamber, through its Government Affairs Committee, provides access to top statewide political leaders and advocates on issues relating to transportation, work force development and the regulatory environment. As part of a regional Political Action Committee, the Chamber supports pro-business candidates for local and state offices. It also quietly helps companies with Township disputes, convenes and facilitates key conversations with regional stakeholders and testifies on the impact of tax and federal regulatory policy on local businesses.

Supporting individuals who give their time and risk their lives to keep area residents safe – The Main Line Chamber Foundation, the Chamber’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, provides scholarships to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians, who save both lives and tax dollars. In 2012, $30,000 in scholarships was awarded to 24 young men and women in uniform.The Foundation also sends high school juniors and seniors to Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where they learn principles of entrepreneurship.