Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

A Chamber is a nonprofit, membership based, business association that provides networking, marketing and advocacy services for its members.

How many members does the Chamber have?

The Northbrook Chamber has more than 650 members with representation from every business segment – Corporate, Industrial, Retail, Financial Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, etc.

Is the Chamber a part of local government?

No. While the Chamber works closely with the Village of Northbrook on matters of policy and to create a positive business environment, the Chamber is not part of Village government.

When does “the Chamber” meet?

The Chamber schedules five monthly networking activities including a structure networking breakfast, an informal cocktail party for members to mix and mingle, industry specific roundtables and educational lunches. In addition to the regular programs, the Chamber hosts a variety of special events including a Business to Business Expo, a Golf Outing, and an Economic Outlook Breakfast.

Other than events, what does the Chamber do?

The Chamber provides members with numerous marketing benefits as well as serving as an advocate for businesses. Marketing benefits include business referrals and complimentary listings in publications that are distributed to both residents and businesses.

Does your business have to be located in Northbrook to join the Chamber?

No. Chamber membership is open to any business that has an interest in the area. Businesses located out of the area benefit just like any other members – They develop professional contacts within the membership and their products and services are promoted to their fellow members and to residents of the community.

We don't do business locally so why should I be a part of the Chamber?

You may not sell your product or service locally, but you operate your business here and that affects your bottom line. The Chamber works in many ways to develop the community as a good place to operate a profitable business. Whether it is parking or zoning issues or site plan review process, all of these issues have the potential to impact your business. The Chamber can help you stay informed and give you a voice on these types of issues.

If I join in June, is the membership active until next June?

The Chamber bills all membership renewals in January. If you join after April, you will receive a credit on your renewal proportionate to the time that you did not participate.

What are Gold and Platinum membership upgrades?

Upgraded memberships provide members with numerous marketing benefits and opportunities for added exposure for their business at a significant savings. Click here for a complete list.

Do you host any events with other area Chambers’?

Yes. The Northbrook Chamber has an excellent working relationship with other Chambers in the area and often co-hosts networking events and programs.

What advertising opportunities does the Chamber provide?

Members have exclusive opportunities to advertise

  • in the monthly newsletter, which is mailed to 1,000 members and civic leaders
  • in the Community Resource Guide and Directory (cir. 20,000), an informative reference tool that is mailed to every household in Northbrook and distributed and in high traffic locations
  • on the Chamber website, which includes a searchable business directory with comprehensive information about our members
  • in the Northbrook Street Map, a guide that is produced every 2 years and distributed to residents and visitors.
Does the Chamber help businesses when they have a problem with the Village?

Yes. As part of its advocacy program, the Chamber works with businesses that maybe experiencing an issue with the Village. We’ll use our excellent working relationships with Village staff and elected officials to facilitate conversations and meetings, all to work towards a resolution.