Benefits of ICCE Membership
ICCE membership is voluntary, but essential in our opinion, to the development of chamber professionals and local communities. Membership in ICCE provides local chamber staff with countless benefits including:
Professional Training: Through two regional meetings and training sessions ICCE offers each year, local chambers have ongoing opportunities for professional development.
Communication Network: Whether through the listserve, e-newsletter, website or the ICCE Facebook page, there are many ways for local chambers to stay in touch with their peers while keeping abreast of the latest products and national trends.
Scholarships: ICCE offers scholarships to not only our own conferences but regional and national professional development opportunities as well. Past scholarship offerings have included Institute for Organization Management, American Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference, US Chamber Government Affairs and MidAmerica Chamber Executives.
Access to Regional and National Networks: As a member of ICCE, local chambers are also a member of Mid-America Chamber Executives (MACE). MACE is a multi-state, regional organization that connects Iowa chambers to chambers in our Midwest region for networking, peer counseling and information exchange. While local chambers join the US Chamber and ACCE on their own, membership in ICCE brings the resources of the MACE organizations to the local chamber through our state association.
Legislative Updates: The Iowa Legislature meets from January through April or May of each year. ICCE provides regular updates to the local chambers on business issues that affect Iowa. While we do not lobby, the local chambers need access and information to have educated discussions with their elected officials and membership. When available, we will also update ICCE members on federal issues through our national partners.