Frequently Asked Chamber Questions
What is a Chamber of Commerce?
An association, primarily of people in business, to promote the commercial interests of an area.
When can I join the Chamber?
You can initiate a chamber membership any time of the year! Our membership investment rates are based on the time of year you join and our member benefits center around a calendar year. We have full year rates that include a listing in our annual publication, the Guide to Carmel, mid-year rates that pro-rate the investment for a partial year that do not include guide placement and end-of-year rates that pro-rate the last portion of the calendar year and include the next year in one bundle package. Start your membership today!
When does the Guide to Carmel come out?
Published annually, the Guide to Carmel is released every June 1. Local businesses must have a current chamber membership by April 1 to be included in the Guide.
Does my business need to be located in Carmel to be a Carmel Chamber member?
No! You do need to have a valid business license, but your physical location does not have to be in Carmel. About two-thirds of our current membership is in Carmel-by-the-Sea, but businesses who would like outreach to residents, businesses and visitors in Carmel will find a chamber membership beneficial to their economic growth.
How many members are in the Carmel Chamber?
We average around 500 members and our retention rate is regularly around 85%.
What is the busiest time of the year in Carmel for businesses?
Travelers from all over the world visit Carmel year-round! The summer season has the most visitors, followed by fall. The quietest time of year is winter with the exception of the week of the AT&T Pro-Am in February.