A chamber of commerce (also referred to in some circles as a board of trade) is a form of business network, e.g., a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization.


A chamber of commerce is not a governmental body or institution, and has no direct role in the writing and passage of laws and regulations that affect businesses. It may, however, act as a lobby in an attempt to get laws passed that are favorable to businesses.


The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Development Authority contributes to the Chamber’s operating expenses. The staff at the Chamber works hand and hand with the Executive Director Ashley Morris with projects and office help.

When you look for the Chamber’s phone number in the yellow pages you will find us listed under the government; the reason is that it is just easier to find us listed there.

The Chamber has a great working relationship with the local government, but the Chamber is not government.

We are trying to establish the Chamber as a hard working entity for our members and our future members.

If you have any concerns, please know that the Chamber has an open door policy, and the staff and our board members are here to help you as a Chamber.