Dear Loyal Supporters of a Legacy institution,
The Chamber of Commerce as an organization dates back to the 1700’s. The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is a legacy organization dating back to the beginning of when Manhattan Beach was first incorporated.
“As long as commerce has existed, traders have banded together. The first purpose of their associations was, to seek common protection against enemies. Later they established codes to govern trade, and still later, they attempted to influence legislation. These early associations of traders have little in common with the modern Chamber of Commerce, a Twentieth Century product.” – from the MBCC Leaders Manual.
The oldest Chamber of Commerce on our continent is the state of New York organized in 1768 and chartered by King George in 1770. So the early charters were created to for the protection and promotion of commerce.
The Manhattan Beach Improvement Association was the early version of the chamber. It existed before Manhattan Beach was incorporated. The first Chamber of Commerce was formed by a group of businessmen in 1920. Then the Manhattan Beach Booster created an alternative organization and the original organization merged into this new group. On March 10, 1941, the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, as we know it today, officially incorporated, with Harry Silke, Jr. serving as its first president. THE MISSION HAS NOT CHANGED…”TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY, ENCOURAGING TRADE AND COMMERCE.”
Prior to 1912 most chambers were only interested in attracting new business to a community. They were not that involved in civic and commercial developed. That has changed considerably.
It is important for local business to know, when the MBCC believes you are in the right, we will carry your message with passion to our Manhattan Beach City Council, the city and when necessary its’ commissions.
We are here for you. Your membership gives you additional staff to utilize as part of your efforts to thrive.
Cheers to all local business, small, medium and large and cheers to the MBCC!