In all of our activities, we are a familiar voice to Edmontonians, a credible voice to media, and a trusted voice to government on the issues that matter to business. We are a strong partner with governments, think tanks, economic development agencies, other Chambers of Commerce, and post-secondary institutions in projects that expand our economy and our community. We organize events that provide information, insight, and networking opportunities, and we support mentorship programs to nurture entrepreneurship.
The advocacy function enables individual businesses to identify their interests and issues, work together to raise awareness about them, and get them addressed. The benefit to member businesses is that their priorities become the group’s priorities, and the resources of the group can be dedicated to understanding those problems, identifying solutions, and getting action.
Advocacy means that not only do many businesses “sing from the same song sheet”, they write the songs, set the music, draw the audience and get others singing too. This increases the likelihood that the views they convey will be heard, understood, and acted upon.
Our advocacy efforts encompass a wide range of social, environmental, and fiscal issues. In the short term, members benefit from governments’ acknowledgement of limitations on taxation and regulation, and their limited introduction of unforeseen, unworkable or costly new measures. In the medium term, members benefit from progress on issues that affect their success: workforce and training initiatives, environmental policies, and utility and infrastructure development.
In the long term, members benefit from an Edmonton business climate that allows them to expand their customer base and product line, increase their workforce, and create a community we are all proud to call home.
For more information on our Advocacy Agenda, please feel free to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.