Ambassadors provide a valuable member-to-member connection, understanding member’s needs. Each new member is assigned an Ambassador to help them maximize their value from the Chamber and network. They frequently engage with existing members to ensure they are actively engaging in opportunities. These dedicated members benefit from being the first to meet new members and visit member organizations. In addition, Ambassadors help shape the membership through outreach and referrals.
Statement of Values on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting the values and benefits of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our county. We believe that every member of our community deserves the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a strong economic environment and a vibrant quality of life.
We believe that celebrating diversity, championing equity, and cultivating inclusion, with dignity and civility, are critical to the economic vitality and overall health of Orange County and the entire Hudson Valley region.
To best serve and represent our members, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive business environment. In doing so, we strive to become a best practice model for the implementation of intentional diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that advance economic growth.
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring its leadership – including its Officers, Directors, and Committees – and general membership, reflect the diversity of Orange County. Therefore, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is committed to addressing and intentionally working to eliminate all barriers to participation in any Orange County Chamber of Commerce activity based on economic position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other inherent personal attribute. Further, the Orange Chamber of Commerce will commit to ensure that the organization’s Officers, Directors, committees, staff, programs, and initiatives are diverse and appropriately reflective of our values, the region, and investors we serve. To demonstrate and ensure the success of this commitment, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce has established a governance-focused Diversity and Inclusion Policy Board Charter within our Human Resources Committee to provide oversight and ensure effective application of the Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion policies and practices, including but not limited to the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. Additionally, we continue to promote and support our Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion committee which works to ensure that our membership and overall business community of Orange County, and the Hudson Valley region, is educated, intentional and all barriers to participation are eliminated. These two committees work hand in hand to ensure that the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is a model for diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion best practices, as well as a resource for successful implementation.
The Government Affairs Committee advocates on behalf of the chamber’s members in the areas of new and existing economic development projects as they relate to jobs and resources in the county as well as sustaining successful compliance. Inclusive but not limited to:
- Review and recommend policy changes to all levels of legislation through strategic periodic meetings.
- Investigate issues of concern to the business community and make recommendations to legislators regarding actions.
- Educate members on legislation under consideration by government, and if necessary, advocate, and or engage member’s to advocate directly with leaders.
Women MEAN Business
Our vision for the committee is focused on business and leadership, with an emphasis on skill building, networking and mentorship. Our goal is to connect a diverse group of women in various stages of their careers that all live and breathe the mantras of “Women Empowerment” and “Women Supporting Women”.
The mission of the Workplace Wellness Committee is to provide and promote information that encourages the wellness of Orange County Chamber of Commerce members. The Committee works through our Members to inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health.