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What is the Milford Chamber of Commerce?

The Milford Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) is a business membership organization serving ten local communities. The MACC means business. By fostering a pro-business climate, the MACC helps to attract, retain and grow business while providing vital advocacy, engagement and connections for its membership.

Why should I join the MACC?

Joining the MACC is a wise business investment and a great marketing strategy. Not only will it be a huge credibility booster for your business, but you’ll enjoy endless networking opportunities where you can build your professional and business connections. MACC members also benefit from Member-exclusive discounts that’ll save your business money. The’re opportunities for professional development training and education – and you can tap into a wide range of additional promotional opportunities. Most importantly, your business voice will join others committed to protecting and cultivating a business-friendly environment for businesses of every size and industry.

What towns does the Milford Chamber of Commerce include?

The MACC serves the Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, and Upton communities. If your business is in these communities – or currently does business or would like to expand to these markets – you should definitely join the MACC!

Can I advertise my business with the MACC?

Absolutely! Your MACC membership comes with some awesome “built-in” advertising and promotion from the minute you become a member. You’ll be listed on our dynamic on-line member directory where the public turns to when looking for goods or services. We have lots other on-line advertising opportunities, plus you can support any one of our 50+ events/programs throughout the year to keep your business front and center. We’re always open to discuss what works for you – so give us a call so we can brainstorm together.

What resources does the MACC have for me as a new small business owner?

The MACC means business, so we’re all about helping our small business owners succeed. From lots of promotional and marketing support to being available to help answer questions, the MACC staff is there to assist. Your MACC membership gives you access to other business owners who we can connect you with to assist with specific questions you might need help with. Plus, there are lots of networking opportunities where you can connect and grow your circle of contacts.
We also provide access to:
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center – which assists clients at no charge in developing business plans, marketing plans, financials, cash flow, etc.
SCORE – which provides free, expert advice and insights from business owners and retirees.
496 Metrowest Corridor Partnership – which coordinates, educates, and advocates for solutions to regional constraints and limited natural resources.

Will I have to pay membership dues?

The MACC is a not-for-profit (501c6) membership organization where members pay annual dues, and we like to tell our members to view it as an advertising or marketing expense where you get quantifiable results! When you look at the huge amount of advertising/promotional and other benefits you receive for your dues, you’ll see it’s one of the most cost-effective and strategic business decisions you can make. Dues are based on the number of employees beginning at $310 a year for five or less employees – that’s less than $1 a day to market your business!

How many members does MACC have?

The MACC has approximately 325 members with new members joining every day! We’d love to have your business a part of the MACC!

How does MACC relate or collaborate with other Chambers throughout Massachusetts?

The MACC, like other chambers of commerce throughout the state, are their own organization with its own board of directors who set forth the mission and vision for the organization based on the needs of the chamber’s service area.
We are proud of our fellow chambers of commerce and often seek out opportunities to collaborate and network with them when there is an opportunity. In fact, the MACC is part of MACCE (Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) where we regularly share ideas and concerns with each other.

We focus on five primary goals: Building communities to which residents, visitors and investors are attracted; Promoting those communities; Striving to ensure future prosperity via a pro-business climate; Representing the unified voice of the employer community; and Reducing transactional friction through well-functioning networks.
All the State’s chambers have their own service territory (The MACC covers 10 counties) and their own board of directors who set forth the mission and vision of their organization.

How does MACC relate or collaborate with other Chambers throughout Massachusetts?

The MACC, like other chambers of commerce throughout the state, are their own organization with its own board of directors who set forth the mission and vision for the organization based on the needs of the chamber’s service area.
We are proud of our fellow chambers of commerce and often seek out opportunities to collaborate and network with them when there is an opportunity. In fact, the MACC is part of MACCE (Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) where we regularly share ideas and concerns with each other.

We focus on five primary goals: Building communities to which residents, visitors and investors are attracted; Promoting those communities; Striving to ensure future prosperity via a pro-business climate; Representing the unified voice of the employer community; and Reducing transactional friction through well-functioning networks.
All the State’s chambers have their own service territory (The MACC covers 10 counties) and their own board of directors who set forth the mission and vision of their organization.

Is the MACC a member of the US Chamber?

No. The MACC is not a member of the US Chamber. The MACC is a member of MACCE (Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) and ACCE (American Chamber of Commerce Executives) where we regularly share ideas, concerns, benchmarking and professional development opportunities to benefit local chamber staff and membership.

The term “chamber of commerce” is one of the oldest and most well-recognized brands in the world, but there is significant public misunderstanding of its meaning. There is an adage in the chamber world: “If you’ve seen one chamber, you’ve seen one.”
The most difficult aspect for the general public, media, government officials and even some businesses to understand is that there is literally no inherent hierarchical structure in the chamber world. This can be extremely confusing to those who naturally assume that a few thousand entities sharing the same name must be related and that some ordered lineage must exist among them. That is simply not the case in the US. When business and economic policy priorities align, chambers of all sizes attempt to work together and speak with a unified voice. But in the end, the local chamber and its membership, guided by the board of directors will make decisions based on the needs of its community.

Does my business need to be located in Milford to be a member of the MACC?

No. The MACC serves the Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, and Upton communities. If your business is in these communities – or currently does business in them or would like to do business in these markets – you should definitely join the MACC!

I don’t have time to become heavily involved in every MACC event. Does that decrease the value of my membership?

Absolutely not! The great thing about your MACC membership is benefits start immediately and continue working for you 24/7 whether you attend any events or programs! Your listing on the MACC’s on-line membership directory is a powerful marketing tool as our site is visited by folks looking for credible vendors for goods and services. Plus, that listing will help to increase your website’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so you appear higher when people are searching the web on their own! And, when we get a call for a referral…we ONLY refer MACC members. While, we would love to see you at our many events and programs, know that the MACC is always working for you!
(Remember: Each one of your employees is also a MACC member…so maybe they can attend? We’d love to see them too and it’s a great way to broaden the face of your business.)

Is my Chamber membership tax deductible?

The MACC is a 501(c)(6) organization and your dues are not tax deductible.

What type of events can I attend?

Most events are open to members and non-members. However, the registration fee is discounted for members, and some events are free for members as well.

How do I get notify of Chamber events?

Our events are listed on our website. We also send newsletter to notify members of our workshops and events. Sign up for newsletter at the bottom of the website.

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