Thursday, January 9, 2014

What is a Chamber

Chambers of Commerce: The Basics

From the American Chamber of Commerce website.  To read the entire document go to http://www.acce.org/whatisachamber/


Misconceptions abound regarding many brands, products and organizations. When it comes to the term “chamber of commerce,” confusion and erroneous assumptions are even more likely, even though almost everyone has heard of the term. The lack of understanding is in large part self-inflicted because chambers in various towns, cities, regions, states and even nations focus on different things and actually operate in different ways. A chamber of commerce primer may be helpful. What follows is a “living” document produced by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives staff. It will be adapted based on input from chambers and others. (Version V, 11/2/09)
Download this document as a PDF

Definition

chamber of commerce is an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation. Business owners in towns, cities and other territories voluntarily form these local societies/networks to advocate on behalf of the community at large, economic prosperity and business interests. Chambers have existed in the US for more than two centuries, with many having been established before the jurisdictions they represent. A business-led civic and economic advancement entity operating in a specific space may call itself any number of things – board of trade, business council, etc. – but for the purposes of this primer, they are all chambers of commerce.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Community Signup Help Session January 8th

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You may also obtain help with signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act at Valley insurance in Arco and at Lost Rivers Medical Center

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Taker nation: Idaho has recieved $24.1 Billion more from the Federal Government in the Last 20 Years than Idaho Paid in Taxes.

Idaho has long received more federal dollars than its citizens pay in federal taxes.


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/05/09/2569119/taker-nation-why-federal-spending.html#storylink=cpy
From 1990 to 2009, the federal government spent $148.4 billion in Idaho - for roads, schools, Mountain Home Air Force Base, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Social Security, farm subsidies, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, federal housing grants, economic development grants, fish and wildlife management, tribal health programs, federal employee salaries and benefits, and more.

During the same 20 years, the federal government collected $124.3 billion in taxes from Idahoans. That left the state with a $24.1 billion windfall that contributed to Idaho's $53.7 billion 2009 gross domestic product.
Click here to learn about a small conservative agricultural county in Kansas.  and how federal expenditure affects almost every aspect of the economy.
From the Idaho Statesman webpage - sidebar to reprinted story from the Kansas City Star.