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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is [COMPANY NAME] a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
  2. How can I file a complaint about a business or company?
  3. Can you provide me with a list of companies who...?
  4. Will you send me information on visiting or living in Washington, DC?
  5. I own a foreign company; how can I find an American company to do business with?
  6. How can I partner with the U.S. Chamber to market my product or service?
  7. How can I advertise my product/service to U.S. Chamber members?
  8. Can you tell me if [COMPANY NAME] is a legitimate company?
  9. How do I join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
  10. I've forgotten my membership number. How can I find out what it is?
  11. What's the difference between the U.S. Chamber and my state or local chamber?
  12. Can I get a list of U.S. Chamber members?
  13. What benefits and services do I get as a member of the U.S. Chamber?
  14. I'm a member of my local chamber of commerce. Does that make me a member of the U.S. Chamber?
  15. How do I sign up for an event? Are they open to anyone?
  16. What kinds of organizations join the U.S. Chamber?
  17. Can you provide statistics for an industry?
  18. I am a student writing a paper about the U.S. Chamber, where can I find information about the organization?
  19. I am looking for a U.S. Chamber publication/report...
  20. What is the federal tax status of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
  21. Are membership dues and other investments in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tax deductible?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is [COMPANY NAME] a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

Membership in the U.S. Chamber is open to any company, and does not imply our endorsement of the organization. We will not confirm the membership status of organizations. To find out if a specific company is a member, you will have to contact the company directly.

If the purpose of your request is to determine the validity of a company, we suggest that you contact the Better Business Bureau or your state and local consumer protection agencies, many of which can be found here. The Federal Trade Commission also has a useful website for consumers.

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How can I file a complaint about a business or company?

The U.S. Chamber is not a federal government agency, and therefore has no authority to investigate how companies conduct business nor are we able to accept complaints. You can file a complaint against a business with the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Better Business Bureau.

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Can you provide me with a list of companies who...?

Our policy experts work to create a favorable climate for business in the United States and around the world. We do not collect or provide information about specific industries. We also cannot provide help or advice to individual businesses.

The following websites may be helpful in your research:

  • Salesgenie.com: Salesgenie.com is the leading provider of fast, targeted online access to the highest quality sources of business and consumer sales lead data available for sales professionals. Its database give you access to 14 million U.S. businesses and 210 million consumers and helps you profile your best customers.
  • HarrisInfo.com: Harris InfoSource provides a directory of 36,0000 U.S. manufacturers available online, in electronic databases, and in print.
  • ThomasNet.com: ThomasNet is a comprehensive resource for finding information on suppliers of industrial products and services in North America.
  • DNB.com: Dun & Bradstreet focuses on being one of the world's leading suppliers of business information, services, and research. Its database contains statistics on more than 100 million companies in more than 200 countries.

Additional Resources from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Will you send me information on visiting or living in Washington, DC?

The U.S. Chamber does not provide tourism or relocation information. You can find useful information on visiting or living in DC here:

Visiting DCRelocating to DC

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I own a foreign company; how can I find an American company to do business with?

Our policy experts work to improve trade between the United States and foreign countries. We do not provide direct assistance to companies looking to import U.S. products or looking to sell products to the United States. The U.S. Commercial Service assists enterprises find U.S. products and services, travel to U.S. trade shows, and learn about new U.S. products. You can visit their website at www.BuyUSA.gov.

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How can I partner with the U.S. Chamber to market my product/service?

If you are interested in partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to market your product or service, you need to contact our Business Development office at 202-463-5381.

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How can I advertise my product/service to U.S. Chamber members?

The U.S. Chamber does not advertise to members. However, we do provide organizations the opportunity to offer our members special discounts and to sponsor our print publications and the many events we have. For more information, please contact our Business Development office at 202-463-5381.

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Can you tell me if [COMPANY NAME] is a legitimate company?

The U.S. Chamber is not a federal government agency, and therefore has no authority to investigate how companies conduct business. Your best sources for researching a business is the Better Business Bureau and your state and local consumer protection agencies, many of which can be found here.

The Federal Trade Commission has information for consumers on how to avoid scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.

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How do I join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

It's easy for businesses, chambers, or associations to join the Chamber. Simply fill out the online application appropriate to your organization, or call our membership hotline at 800-833-9106, ext. 4242.

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I've forgotten my membership number. How can I find out what it is?

There are several ways:

  1. Fill out the Member Number Inquiry Form, and we'll e-mail it to you.
  2. Call 800-638-6582 and a member service representative will provide you with your membership number.
  3. Your member number can be found on the mailing address label of your monthly Free Enterprise print magazine or in the footer of the e-mail version.

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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 we have no say in how chambers decide to run themselves. Any community can organize and support a chamber of commerce.

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Can I get a list of U.S. Chamber members?

It is the policy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce not to distribute or make public information about our members. To find out if a specific company is a member, you will have to contact the company directly. You can also view our privacy policy.

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What benefits and services do I get as a member of the U.S. Chamber?

A description of the membership benefits, discounts, and services is available online, or by contacting a member service representative at 800-638-6582. Benefits vary slightly among the three types of membership: business, chamber of commerce, and association.

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I'm a member of my local chamber of commerce. Does that make me a member of the U.S. Chamber?

Not unless your local chamber has partnered with the U.S. Chamber through the Federation Partnership Program. Because the U.S. Chamber is not a parent organization of other chambers, not all state, metro, or local chambers are members of the U.S. Chamber. Chambers of commerce are independently started and operated, and anyone can start a chamber at any time, any place.

As mentioned previously, there is one exception to the rule—the U.S. Chamber's Federation Partnership Program. If your local chamber has signed onto the program and you are a small business, you receive a complimentary U.S. Chamber small business membership. To find out if your local chamber is eligible to participate, or already is a Federation Partner, please email federation@uschamber.com or call the Federation Relations department at 202-464-5560.

To become of member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, or to learn more about membership, see our membership page.

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How do I sign up for an event? Are they open to anyone?

Please check our calendar for upcoming events. You can register and submit payment for many of our events online, although not every event is open to the general public.

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What kinds of organizations join the U.S. Chamber?

All kinds. Businesses of every size and industry, state and local chambers of commerce, as well as trade and professional associations are U.S. Chamber members. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber member companies have fewer than 100 employees.

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Can you provide statistics for an industry?

Our policy experts work to create a favorable climate for business in the United States and around the world. We do not collect or provide information about specific industries. We also cannot provide help or advice to individual businesses.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is a good resource for industry information. You might also try the official Federal Statistics website.

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I am a student writing a paper about the U.S. Chamber, where can I find information about your organization?

Our website should have all the information you need. Here are some useful links to get you started:

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I am looking for a U.S. Chamber publication or report ...

Many of our publications can be found in our Bookstore and our Reports and Studies section. 

The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, houses the U.S. Chamber's publications and historical records.

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What is the federal tax status of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

The U.S. 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.

Additional resources from the IRS:

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Are membership dues and other investments in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tax deductible?

Contributions to the U.S. Chamber are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.  For 2017, 25% of contributions relates to lobbying and is not tax deductible as a business expense; 75% may be deductible as a business expense.  The U.S. Chamber does not solicit or accept funds earmarked for political purposes.