About the Chamber

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that serves over 1,000 businesses and organizations in McLean County and the surrounding area. Our full-time staff is passionate and dedicated to serving the business community and helping our membership thrive. Our organization has something for everyone with membership benefits that include marketing opportunities, professional development, advocacy, healthcare solutions, and much more. All of these great benefits and more can be found here!

 

 

Vision

 

Mission

The vision of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce is to be a vibrant, progressive business community that works together to make McLean County a great place to do business.  

To support our members, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Promotes commerce, Advocates pro-business perspectives, Collaborates to lead change, and Engages for action for results that strengthen the prosperity of the business community.

 

 

Awards

2014 Chamber of Commerce of the Year
Awarded by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)
 

2017 Illinois Outstanding Chamber of the Year
Awarded by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE)


2018 5-star certification
Awarded by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)
This award is the only one in the nation to recognize the dual role chambers have in leading businesses and communities. To be nominated, a chamber must have demonstrated success in community leadership, be among the top in the nation for financial and membership growth, and have a demonstrable impact on key community priorities.

 

While we were pleased to win such a prestigious award, we are forever grateful for our members, volunteers, and the community partners who contribute so much time and energy to helping us help McLean County businesses succeed.
 

 

History

Rising from the ashes of "The Great Fire of 1900," the McLean County Chamber of Commerce has been a vital factor in Central Illinois business development for more than 110 years.

 

With nearly 1,000 members, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce is the premier business organization in McLean County, as well as being the largest. The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of businesses and individuals investing time and money in a continual community development program. Working together, we strive to improve the economic, civic and cultural well-being of McLean County.

 

The work of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce is vital to the success of the community. We address the concerns of businesses large and small such as affordable health care, networking, advocacy, transportation, and growth. We are also the primary community resource for individuals seeking information about the business climate or the quality of life in McLean County.

 

Our Timeline

1900 Bloomington Business Men's Association formed
1901 Bloomington Business Men's Association incorporated
1912 Name changed to Commercial Club of Bloomington
1922 Name changed to Association of Commerce of Bloomington
1968 Association of Commerce of Bloomington and Normal Chamber of Commerce merged to form the Association of Commerce and Industry of McLean County.  The ACI's scope of activities becomes county-wide
1984 Name changed to McLean County Chamber of Commerce