A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the ins and outs, pros and cons of joining a local chamber of commerce. (Find the post here). Well, we decided to rejoin our chamber and in light of that, we wanted to make our monthly shoutout to the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce!
Even though we do not live in the jurisdiction of Oro Valley, we decided to join this group. Mostly it is the location (or an option) that we would like to see ourselves in a couple of years. According to the bylaws of the group, you do not need to be located in the geographic limits of the city to join. You just need to be dedicated to helping promote the economy of the neighborhood, which we would be doing by selling and doing business in that area.
Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Location
7435 N. ORACLE ROAD, SUITE 107, TUCSON, AZ 85704
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Who is the Greater Oro Valley Chamber?
The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce was formed in the fall of 1992. It began as the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce in 1998 when Northwest Tucson was entering a period of major growth. In 2011, the directors went back to the organization’s roots and adopted once more the name Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber is a membership organization dedicated to promoting business prosperity and a healthy community by providing information, services and advocacy for its members…”
What can you expect?
Why did we choose Oro Valley? The Greater Oro Valley area is prospering, and it is such a wonderful, beautiful place to do business in. It is off the path of Tucson and has so much to offer. It’s like a little oasis at times.
Oro Valley was incorporated in 1974 and is about six miles north of Tucson. As of 2018, it is one of the fastest-growing populations in Arizona. And, it has one of the highest average household incomes in Arizona. We don’t look at the average household income as a selling point. It shows whether or not the residents will continue to help their community grow, or if their financial priorities will be elsewhere.
What is our favorite thing?
We love their involvement with the community. Obviously, a chamber of commerce is all about building a strong, economically sound neighborhood or town. But the way Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce really immerses themselves in the local events, and tries to get their members to work with each other is very compelling.
From the first meeting, the Director of Business Development already had in mind five or six ways that we could immediately get involved and a few connections we could make with current members to make future collaborations.
So far joining has been more about building community than thinking only of our business. When you join a chamber, you are most likely looking for publicity and connections that couldn’t be facilitated as easily without a membership. That is usually the primary goal. However, with the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, it is all of that and more. It is about building a community with other small, local business owners. It is about supporting the success of each other, not just our own. And it is about how to build a strong city. Future generations can benefit from a good economy, great schools, and wonderful local businesses.
As a small business ourselves, we put a high priority on buying local and buying small. This is one of the best ways to find out about local small businesses that we couldn’t have found otherwise.
Did you like our Local Shoutout? Check out last month’s shoutout, Rincon Market. Do you have a place you think we should visit to give a shoutout to? Comment below!