Edmonds Chamber Hero Campaign FAQs
The many events that Edmonds loves are not paid for by tax dollars or the city. They are paid for and produced by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.
In fact, the Chamber was born out of a desire to create a memorable celebration of Independence Day for the Edmonds community. It has been said that local business owners who wanted Edmonds to have a 4th of July celebration formed the Edmonds Chamber. “An Edmonds Kind of 4th” dates all the way back to 1907. Now, 113 years later, this local nonprofit organization continues to fund and produce the annual celebration for the citizenry.
The Chamber also proudly produces other popular community events like Edmonds Classic: Car & Motorcycle Show, Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Taste Edmonds and Edmonds Clam Chowder Cook-Off.
While the Edmonds Chamber works with the City to secure permitting and coordinate logistics for events, the events themselves are fully produced by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, which is an independent 501(c)6 organization not directly affiliated with or funded by the City of Edmonds or taxpayers. All of what we do is accomplished by a small staff of three and some of the best volunteers around.
These community events are not funded by taxpayer dollars.
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce pays for them by raising money at the annual Taste Edmonds (which will not take place in 2020) and through event-specific grants and sponsorships. Without the annual Taste Edmonds, the Chamber’s organizational funding is in a dire situation – which is why for the first time, we are asking for community support.
For 113 years the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has been a part of this community’s fabric. From the 4th of July celebration to the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Chamber plays a critical role in community building that would not be easily replaced. And while producing these events for the community is an important part of what we do, it is not all that we do.
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization serving over 400 members with thousands of employees in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Five Corners, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. We help small businesses navigate challenges both big (like how to survive a pandemic) and small (like who to call for their printing needs). We coordinate networking opportunities, boost marketing campaigns, offer workshops and webinars, host videoconferencing calls for crisis triage. In short, we do all we can to support local businesses and organizations.
Mission: Promoting the economic vitality of Edmonds through advocacy, leadership, education and community-building events.
Vision: To be recognized as a respected, influential and essential voice in the greater Edmonds community.
Goals: To increase membership, fund events and make a positive impact on the Edmonds community.
Visit the About Us page to learn more.
No. The Edmonds Chamber is a local independent organization that does not pay dues to the US Chamber. It has no political affiliation. All money raised for the Edmonds Chamber stays local in our community.
Unfortunately no. The Edmonds Chamber is a 501c6 organization and not eligible to receive the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds. Only non-profits that are 501c3 or c19 organization could apply.
We are glad you asked! Becoming a member is a win-win way to enjoy invaluable benefits to your business while ensuring the longevity of the Chamber and its beloved events. Click Here to visit our membership page and learn why joining the Edmonds Chamber is a great idea for local businesses!