What is a Chamber of Commerce?
Founded in Red Bank in 1928, the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce serves the interests of member businesses through skills building seminars, legislative advocacy, promotional support and referral services. The Chamber provides the resources and creates initiatives, programs, products and events to assist businesses toward becoming prosperous and contributing members of the community.
The Chamber is not a governmental entity. It is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit member organization.
The Chamber is a “member-driven” organization whose programs, events and purpose is determined by the needs and wants of its membership. A volunteer member Board of Directors is elected by the membership to oversee and guide the organization through its annual program of work. The day-to-day operations is under the direction of a full-time Managing Director who is responsible for all operations, membership development and programs, public relations and marketing and database management. A roster volunteer committee members help create, organize and promote our monthly meetings and annual events.
In 1928, 12 businessmen banded together to form the “Red Bank Chamber of Commerce” to serve the business interests of downtown Red Bank. Over the next 28 years, the organization’s membership grew beyond the borders of Red Bank and was renamed the Greater Red Bank Chamber of Commerce and followed shortly thereafter by the Red Bank Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1995, our name – and our service area – was changed to the “Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce” to better reflect our growing membership and the rapidly expanding business interests in the neighboring communities of Eatontown, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls.
A resource to strengthen member businesses and enrich the communities we serve.
Helping business do business. The goal of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber (EMACC) is that simple, yet that complex. Since its inception in 1928, EMACC has grown from a group of 12 concerned Red Bank businessmen to a vibrant business organization representing over 150 diverse businesses from Mom and Pop grocery stores to Fortune 500 companies throughout the Eastern Monmouth County area and beyond.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Chamber do?
The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) serves the interests of member businesses through skills-building seminars, legislative advocacy, promotional support, referral services and professional business counseling. The Chamber provides the resources and creates initiatives, programs, products, services and events to assist businesses in becoming more efficient and profitable. We also urge them to become involved in our charitable and civic organizations to help our communities further. We also act as a resource for visitors and residents of Monmouth County and provide them with community or consumer information during their visits and during and after their relocation to our area.
Each month EMACC hosts a series of business seminars and networking events in addition to our annual signature event; The Spinnaker Awards Dinner, recognizing the outstanding volunteer contributions of businesses and individuals in our area; the Holiday Gift drive benefiting a local non-profit, and our Education Foundation scholarship awards, given to non-traditional students seeking to improve their lives and the lives of people in their community.
Is the Chamber a government entity?
Does the Chamber receive any municipal, county or state tax dollars for its operation?
Who “runs” the Chamber?
The Chamber is a “member-driven” organization whose programs, events and purpose is determined by the needs and wants of its membership.A volunteer member Board of Directors is elected by the membership to oversee and guide the organization through its annual program of work. The day-to-day operations is under the direction of a full-time Managing Director who is responsible for all operations, membership development and programs, public relations and marketing and database management. A roster volunteer committee members help create, organize and promote our monthly meetings and annual events.
If my organization is a member business, can I as an employee of the member business, attend the various Chamber events at the member rate?
How do I find out about Chamber events and activities?
The Chamber mails and emails notices of upcoming events to all main contact members several times a month. We also publish our events online. View our event schedule.
Do I need to register for events?
What’s the advantage of serving on a committee?
I don’t have time to become heavily involved in Chamber events. Does that decrease the value of my membership?
The Chamber also has affiliations with the Small Business Development Center at Brookdale; the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board; the Monmouth County Department of Economic Development and Tourism; Red Bank RiverCenter; SCORE – Service.Core.Of.Retired.Executives; the National Federation of Independent Businesses; the NJ State Chamber of Commerce; New Jersey Business and Industry Association and a host of other cultural, health and educational organizations. Basically, it’s a one-stop resource for your business needs.
How much does it cost to join the Chamber?
Membership dues are based on a company’s number of full-time employees or, for businesses with multiple offices (ie banks, real estate,) the number of branches located in our 10-town service area. The average member pays about $260 a year in dues.