The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, membership organization that provides services and programs to help businesses grow and thrive in our economy. We work to unite business and professional leaders to build a better and stronger community and promote a positive business climate in Pickens County, serving as the primary advocate for business growth and as a constructive partner in working with the government and education.
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce works closely with all local, state and federal elected officials however we do not endorse candidates for political office. We pride ourselves on educating our members and the public on where candidates stand on issues relevant to Pickens County and the Chamber of Commerce. We also educate our members on issues and initiatives important to Pickens County citizens.\
WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization. It unites business and professional leaders and firms, thus creating a central agency which lends itself to improving business and building a better community.
It must be understood that a Chamber of Commerce is people. There is a place in the Chamber of Commerce efforts for all who share the desire to improve the community and the conditions under which business is conducted. It directs the energies of those who believe that a community worth living in is a community worth improving.
A Chamber of Commerce enables these people to accomplish collectively what no one of them could do individually. Its strength lies in attracting the greatest number of individuals and firms into membership, thereby creating a pool of resources from which can be drawn ideas, energy, and finances.
A Chamber of Commerce gives expression to the business person’s natural instincts to improve the market and the community of which that person is a part. Originally, its function was to protect commerce in transit, in the marketplace, and to promote the sale of goods.
Currently, the successful Chamber of Commerce is the one which recognizes all the factors which affect the community and adjusts its programs accordingly.
WHAT A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS NOT…
WE ARE NOT a department of the city, county, or state government, a political body; a civic club or professional society; a social service, welfare or charitable institution; a private advertising, publicity or public relations agency.