Chamber FAQ’s

Common Chamber Questions

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What is a Chamber of Commerce?!
Carmel Chamber
An association, primarily of people in business, to promote the commercial interests of an area. - Dictionary.com
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When can I join the Chamber?
Carmel Chamber
You can initiate a chamber membership any time of the year! Membership is for 1 year from the date of sign-up. Start your membership today!
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When does the Guide to Carmel come out?
Carmel Chamber
Published annually, the Guide to Carmel is released every June. Local businesses must have a current chamber membership by April 1st to be included in the Guide.
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Does my business need to be located in Carmel to be a Carmel Chamber member?
Carmel Chamber
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 reach out to businesses, residents, and visitors in Carmel will find a chamber membership beneficial to their economic growth.
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How many members are in the Carmel Chamber?
Carmel Chamber
We average around 500 members and our retention rate is regularly around 85%.
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What is the busiest time of the year in Carmel for businesses?
Carmel Chamber
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.