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Vegas Chamber Purpose Statement: Nevada thrives when Nevada employers thrive. Cultivating growth and prosperity is our purpose.

Who are we? As the largest business support organization in Nevada, the Vegas Chamber is focused on helping Nevada businesses succeed and create jobs. We are the voice of business – your voice – helping to amplify the needs, challenges, and opportunities for our employers and entrepreneurs. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

Vegas Chamber Values

  • Advocacy: We are tireless, fearless and effective advocates for the Nevada business community. Ultimately, we are the necessary voice of Southern Nevada’s businesses.
  • Accessibility: From the smallest retailer to an international brand, it’s essential that the playing field is level for every member to utilize our services.
  • Vegas-ness: Las Vegas has always been about growth, freedom, excitement and buzz-worthy ventures. We call it “Vegas-ness,” a style no other chamber can possess.
  • Community: We are the connective tissue for the entire business community. When everyone is connected, everyone benefits. We grow stronger and better together.
  • Tenacity: We work tirelessly to get members and businesses what they need.
  • Empowerment: Our role is to empower our members to do what they do best. Empowerment breeds courage, and courage breeds success.

Vegas Chamber Essence

Our values lead us to our core essence, which is Cultivate: We are here to cultivate the growth and success of our businesses and our community, through passionate and effective advocacy. 

The Vegas Chamber provides a variety of resources, including a full-time government affairs team at the local, state, and federal levels dedicated to fighting for your business every day, educational opportunities and expertise to help business owners make smarter decisions. We help you make connections that you can’t always make on your own and build relationships to help your business grow, through more than 100 annual event and programming opportunities.

In addition, a Chamber membership expands your purchasing power on tools and supplies you need to run your business, and gives you valuable opportunities to boost your brand and visibility in the marketplace – including ribbon cutting ceremonies, brand marketing in the Business Voice magazine, and sponsorship opportunities.

The Leadership Foundation of Greater Las Vegas, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the Vegas Chamber, seeks to build the leadership capacity of the region through several signature and well-known programs, including Leadership Las Vegas, Leadership Advance, Vegas Young Professionals, the Public Policy Leadership Series, and Focus Las Vegas.

We stand for a strong, unified community that stands out in the global marketplace – a thriving, diversified region that continues to be a great place to live, work, and visit.

For a snapshot of Vegas Chamber history, visit here.

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Chamber History

Here is just a snippet of the Vegas Chamber’s long legacy in the Southern Nevada community. For a more in-depth look at the Chamber’s contributions to the region over the last century, visit Chamber100.com.

1929Work on Boulder Dam breaks ground. Chamber leaders, as well as its founding members, have been in discussions and negotiations to ensure that Southern Nevada receives a major boost in its struggling economy from the dam’s construction.
1931Chamber officials campaign to have the ban on gaming lifted. Mayme Stocker’s Northern Club is officially the first Southern Nevada gaming license procured.
1933With heavy pushing from Chamber leaders, the first post office and federal building are erected in Las Vegas.
1941The U.S. Army Air Corps Gunnery School opens in the space now occupied by McCarran International Airport. The Chamber and Senator McCarran are instrumental in the gunnery school’s formation.
1945Chamber president Maxwell Kelch rally the business community to launch the Livewire Fund, which was a pivotal moment in establishing Las Vegas as a vacation and tourist destination. Charles “Pop” Squires rallies support for the Fund by stating, “All businessmen should join in the campaign to spread the fame of Las Vegas to every part of the country in preparation for the vast surge of travel which the end of the war will start.”
1955UNLV opens. Chamber president Archie Grant lines up business support for the school, helping to raise money necessary to purchase the land.
1983Chamber leaders create Las Vegas Events to attract non-gaming visitors to the region and diversify entertainment options.
1993The Chamber spearheads workers’ compensation reform, reducing the financial burden placed upon small businesses.
1998The Chamber advocates for passage of school bonds to fund $3.5 billion for school construction and renovation. It also helps to pass a quarter-cent sales tax increase for a second intake pipe in Lake Mead to ensure future access for our water supply.
2001The Chamber leads efforts to defeat a four percent business profits tax initiative. The initiative is later ruled as unconstitutional.
2005The Chamber helps pass an eight percent cap on property tax for businesses.
2007The Chamber helps pass critical legislation to fund $1 billion in highway projects.
2010The Chamber works alongside Senator Harry Reid to create language for the Small Business Jobs Act, which the Small Business Administration refers to as “the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade.”
2011The Chamber celebrates its centennial year.
2012The Chamber rebrands to the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce to encompass its position as the voice of the greater Las Vegas business community.

The Metro Chamber is instrumental in the designation of Interstate 11 to connect Phoenix to Las Vegas.

2013The Metro Chamber is a key player in securing Tule Springs National Monument, Nevada’s first national monument.
2016The Chamber is a founding partner of the Fuel Revenue Indexing coalition, helping to pass legislation to fund local infrastructure products necessary for the region’s future growth and development.
2017The Chamber convenes the statewide business community during the 2017 Legislature to defeat a number of bills detrimental to businesses in the state.

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