Chamber of Commerce
The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.
The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Board of Trade, was founded in 1888 to be a voice for the business community. The Chillicothe Chamber is a member of the state and national chambers of commerce, but is governed independently by its own board of directors and bylaws.
The chamber’s members elect its board of directors and an Executive Committee is elected from the board; a chair, vice chair, treasurer, immediate past chair and board officers. The Executive Committee is empowered to make decisions on behalf of the board. The president and CEO is hired by the board and is responsible for hiring and managing the staff.
The chamber is active in community programs:
- Ross County Safety Council: Partnered with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the chamber oversees the operation of the Council. Its main focus is to provide safe working environments for Ross County and area employees. Ross County Safety Council also assists its members with achieving goals towards receiving annual Bureau of Workers Compensation discounts.
- Workforce Development: The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce provides a workforce development program designed to help area employers find and train employees and to help unemployed workers find positions and take training to help them with new positions. Below is a listing of services available to employers. We ask that employers either be a member of the chamber to receive assistance through these services or pay a small fee in exchange for service. To learn more about the South Central Ohio Job Bank please visit www.southcentraljobs.com.
Much of the planning for events, programs and projects is conducted by the chamber’s various committees. The main chamber committees today are:
- Advocacy: This is the main lobbying arm for the chamber to our local, state and national government representatives. Issues that affect business, especially local business, are studied by the group and recommendations are brought to the full board for action, such as school levy endorsements.
- Ambassadors: This group plans the Annual Meeting, the Expo, and various luncheons throughout the year. It also is responsible for making new members feel welcome at BABs, attend ribbon cuttings, and other functions.
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Using criteria approved by the full board, this group solicits nominees, then selects the winner of one of the most prestigious awards given by the chamber. Former winners and a few board members are on the committee.
The Chamber Office
The chamber’s home at 45 E. Main St. is a one-stop place for members, visitors, tourists, and developers. The Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau shares the reception area and maintains an office there.