Frequently Asked Questions
About the Chamber
- Where is the Chamber located?
Our main office is located in West Pembroke Pines at 15800 Pines Boulevard, Suite 313. We are inside the Hampton Business Center on the 3rd floor.
- Will you send me information on visiting or living in Miramar or Pembroke Pines?
The Chamber does not provide tourism or relocation information. You can find useful information on visiting or relocating on our Relocation page.
- What is the federal tax status of the Chamber of Commerce?
The Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code. IRC Section 501(c)(6) is reserved for business leagues, chambers of commerce, boards of trade, or other similar organizations. Our governing documents are available on our About page.
- How are Chamber programs and services financed?
All of our revenue is derived from annual membership dues, special events, sponsorships and management agreements. Membership dues are dependent on the size and nature of your business organization. We’re a membership-based not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization. We do not receive any local, state or federal tax dollars, and we are not subsidized by any government entities.
- Do Chamber membership dues support your affiliates?
No. We have an affiliate organization that support our mission and vision: the South Broward Foundation (formerly known as the Chamber Scholarship Fund). The Foundation has its own governing structure and funding mechanisms. In some cases, we provide them with office space and some administrative staff time.
- Is the Chamber affiliated with the government?
No. The Chamber is an independent nonprofit business organization that is committed to economic and community development as well as supporting the business community in Broward County. We are not affiliated with any local, county, or state government. However, city governments are welcome to be members of our chamber organization, as they have a vested interest in the prosperity of the business community as well.
- Does the Chamber develop an annual Legislative Agenda?
Yes. Our Government and Legislative Affairs Committee develops the annual agenda based on an input process and presents it to our Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides input and the agenda is then presented to and reviewed by the Chamber Board. Once it has been approved, it is published on our Legislative Agenda page.
- How is the Chamber governed?
Our 17-person Board of Directors is composed of leaders from diverse industries around the county. They are elected by our membership and meet monthly to help us chart our course. We also have a 5-member Executive Committee of officers that also meets monthly. The policies adopted by the Board of Directors are implemented by the Chamber’s paid staff.
- What's the difference between the U.S. Chamber and my state or local chamber?
Although all chambers can work with all levels of government, they tend to concentrate their efforts on specific levels: Local chambers of commerce tend to focus on local issues, state chambers on state issues, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focuses on national issues at the federal government level. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not a governing body, chartering agent, or a regulatory agency for chambers of commerce, and they have no say in how chambers decide to run themselves. Any community can organize and support a chamber of commerce.
- What differentiates the Chamber from other business organizations?
Our advocacy work is the cornerstone of what we do. Most of our members are so busy operating their companies and organizations that they rely on us to be their voice on issues that impact them. We’re always working to create the best possible, diverse business environment so that our members will thrive in this area of Broward County.