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Why joining a chamber of commerce is essential to building business relationships

Written By:

Paul Delos Santos

There’s a saying in business that to make money, you need to spend money.

Experts say one of the smartest expenses a businessperson can take on is joining a chamber of commerce, which can be one of the best forums to build business relationships.

Southern Nevada has dozens of chambers, and while each caters to a different demographic, they all share a common goal: help businesses grow.

“We all do different things, and all of the things we do are the same,” said Scott Muelrath, president of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber of commerce landscape has changed in the post-recession era. As an organization, you have to figure out what you’re good at and what your niche is.”

Most of the local chambers offer networking events — cocktail mixers, breakfasts or lunch meetings, often with expert speakers. Some provide small business insurance plans while others help members start companies through business incubator programs.

Given the bevy of options, it’s all about finding the right fit for a business owner.