The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has many
member businesses from the local community. The members pay dues to help fund
the materials which are distributed to member businesses. Those materials
may include vital legal information, as well as information about
recent legislation which could have an impact on local businesses.
The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce also uses
member dues to lobby the local, state and Federal governments when there are proposed changes which could have a
negative impact on local businesses. For example, the Birmingham Chamber of
Commerce may lobby against changes in which businesses would be forced to spend
more money on upgrades to buildings if those changes do not directly effect the
safety of those in the building. They are not likely to lobby against
changes which would ensure the safety of the employees at the business or
of those customers utilizing the
services of a local business.
The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce also
lobbies for changes which could be beneficial to the local businesses. For
example, the organization may lobby to lower taxes on certain types of
businesses, such as those which provide beneficial services to the community.
Like most Chambers, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce hopes to
foster a better relationship between local businesses, the Government and those that utilize the businesses. These relationships are vital to ensure that businesses
have the continued ability to provide the best services or merchandise to consumers
while following all applicable laws. The materials which keep businesses up to
date on such laws also help the businesses to better understand how to foster