Mission & Vision
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce will be acclaimed as a leader and catalyst to facilitate business prosperity and foster a premier community.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce supports business and our community by providing vital programs and services that attract and retain business while embracing our diversity.
History of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
According to the Chandler Arizonan, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce was founded in April of 1912, just before the City of Chandler was incorporated. Newspaper articles indicate that in the absence of a city government (before incorporation), the Chandler Chamber of Commerce operated like a quasi-government entity, helping the community get roads, flood control, cotton pickers, fire protection, a better lit downtown and other improvements. It also advocated for businesses, promoted and hosted discussions on incorporation and got involved in regional issues including flood control, better streets and tourism promotion. In 1915 it promoted new areas of business, such as the growing of broom straw in. Most businesses in the early years were agricultural. If Dr. A.J. Chandler was the father of Chandler, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce was truly its mother, advocating for the improvements the residents needed.
The Chamber's first meeting place was the second floor of the Monroe Building on San Marcos Place, built in 1913. According to the Chandler Arizona, “Dr. Chandler remarked that a Chamber of Commerce was formed even before the town was practically a town, and that it was unique in this respect in having such an organization. He said the chamber had done splendid work during the past year and was entitled to the thanks of every citizen in the district.”
In 1924 the Chamber had outgrown its space and a meeting place was built on the southeastern corner of Arizona Avenue and Buffalo Street. The Chamber has since been in several offices, all in or around downtown. Today, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce is located at the First Credit Union Building on Arizona Place in historic downtown Chandler.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is the visionary voice of Business in Chandler. The Chamber is working to create a business climate that attracts new businesses, enhances growth and expansion opportunities for existing businesses and is committed to creating value-added membership opportunities and benefits. Our member’s success will lead to an environment that promotes job growth, continued economic expansion, visionary technology and ultimately a quality of life that is unsurpassed.