As the largest local chamber in both Minnesota and North Dakota, we represent our more than 2,000 member in the public policy arena and take stances on important issues based on what will best serve our member businesses. The Chamber is committed to providing opportunities to access our elected officials and engage in the public policy process to ensure our business climate remains strong and prosperous.
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s strong voice in the business community:
- Serves the needs and represents the interests of the business community at the local, state and federal levels of government.
- Provides a unified voice for the business community regarding key issues, development and growth.
- Increases visibility of business needs through business input to the public policy process.
- Analyzes and acts upon issues that would otherwise be difficult for small businesses to do alone.
- Helps unify the public spirit of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo business community and directs it into useful and constructive channels
The importance of advocacy
We take our work in advocacy and public policy seriously, and we believe it’s one of the best, though intangible, benefits of membership.
Public policy doesn’t mean politics—though it does often involve government. Rather, it refers to issues that affect businesses and individuals. This can be legislation, regulation, or even cultural and social movements. They are governing principles that affect all of us every day. We’ll monitor and work for these issues because we know you’re busy running your own business.
A collective voice matters through an association like a chamber matters because we can do more together. With your support, we can work for you, for the community. We know that a strong business climate is essential for economic growth and prosperity as a region.
Advocacy refers to the activities a group engages in with the aim to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. Advocacy at The Chamber is displayed in a variety of ways: engagement within and from our Public Policy committee, actively taking stances on critical issues, election education, encouragement of voter participation, and serving as a resource for information and connections to best serve our members’ interests.