Our Mission & History
To promote and support the success of the regional business community through effective advocacy, education and relationship building.
The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice and advocate for the business community. The Chamber promotes economic opportunity, business education and successful business relationships throughout the region.
The Fresno Chamber serves as the catalyst that helps industry grow in our community and we continue to seek new ways to deliver valuable programming and outstanding value.
Our Chamber is proud to be a champion for new businesses as well as companies that have prospered in the Valley for decades.
We are the convener for groups around the region who believe as we do, that the community prospers when business is doing well. The Central Valley is beginning to grow as a force to be reckoned with in California and our organization is proud to lead that charge.
Our objectives as your Chamber are to:
- Promote a strong local economy
- Provide opportunities to network and build relationships
- Deliver programs to help businesses grow
- Represent and advocate on behalf of the business community
- Enhance commerce through community stewardship
History of the Chamber
The Chamber creates the Downtown Revitalization Corporation.Read more
Measure C Campaign begins at the Chamber and ends with a huge success—the passage of the 1/2 cent sales tax for road construction.Read more
The Economic Development Corporation is started.Read more
Chamber creates the Fresno City and County Visitors Bureau.Read more
The Chamber helps develop a city logo.Read more
The Chamber starts the Valley Business Conference.Read more
The Board of Supervisors designates the Fresno Chamber of Commerce as the action agency to carry out the Overall Economic Development Program for Fresno County.Read more
The “Bridging the Gap” project is started, linking businesses and educators together.Read more
Chamber hosts the opening ceremonies at Fulton Mall.Read more
As president of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Leon S. Peters creates the world’s first Agri-Business Committee. He then initiates a campaign for Fresno to be recognized as the World Capital of Agri-Business.Read more
The Fresno Industrial Sites Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to industrial site development, is created.Read more
Chamber supports the building of a children’s hospital in the county—later named Valley Children’s Hospital.Read more
The Chamber encourages the addition of the Agricultural department at Fresno State College.Read more
The transportation committee leads movement to initiate bus service.Read more
Chamber co-sponsors the Fresno Safety CouncilRead more
The Chamber supports the Central Valley Water Project.Read more
$10,000 is raised to install lights in Fresno State College stadium.Read more
A bond issue is promoted to build the county Hall of Records.Read more
Chamber assumes responsibility of the Fresno Airport, spending $5,000 in acquisition and improvements.Read more
$1 million is raised for a new Fresno hotel: the Californian.Read more
The Chamber raises $200,000 to bring Sugar Pine Mill to Fresno. The Mill invests $5 million in the plant and creates 1,000 new jobs.Read more
The Chamber Finances the Fresno Irrigation District bond election and secures a new Post Office Building.Read more
Chamber manages Fresno County Fair and the Fresno County Raisin FestivalRead more
The Chamber leads organization of the Kings River Conservation project, secures the passage of a $4.8 million bond issue for county roads and develops a Civic Center plan.Read more
The previous Chamber building is donated to the Red Cross and the Chamber moves to the Rowell-Chandler building.Read more
Chamber acquires appropriation for a new highway to approach Kings Canyon, spearheads drive highway over Pacheco Pass, and endorses Pine Flat dam.Read more
The Raisin Day celebration is initiated.Read more
With a membership of more than 1,200 businesses and organizations, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest Chambers in the state of California in addition to being the largest business organization in the region. While our membership’s diverse body includes businesses of all sizes, corporations, associations and professionals, small businesses represent roughly 80 percent of our membership – leading our team to establish advocacy on their behalf as a central goal.
Since 1885, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to strengthen our regional economy, encourage growth and identify needs and opportunities of the business community. While helping over 1,200 member businesses guard their futures, we’ve helped turn the Fresno area into a great place to work, live and raise a family.
We proudly serve as the voice for our business community and work continuously to advocate the increasingly important message to our residents and elected officials, which is that we are vital to our community and are willing to fight to preserve, further enhance and economically develop the place that we call home and the place where we raise our families.