Membership in ICCE is voluntary but essential to the development of chamber professionals and local communities. Membership in ICCE provides local chamber staff with countless benefits including:
Professional Training: Through two conferences each year, regional meetings and training sessions offered by ICCE.
Communication Network: Whether the listserve, e-newsletter, website or Facebook page there are many opportunities 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 Mid-America 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 area for networking, peer counseling and information exchange. While local chambers may not be members of the US Chamber and ACCE on their own, membership in ICCE brings the resources of those 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 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 and through our national partners we will also update ICCE members on federal issues.
Regional Meetup: ICCE has launched a series of meetings, one in each region across Iowa, to help garner member input and provide updates between each chamber. These meetings give the organizations the opportunity to provide direct input to both ICCE and other chamber staff regarding current issues, efforts, programs and growth within Iowa.
International Travel: Have you ever wanted to travel to different countries but just didn’t want to do it alone? ICCE views our world as a global partnership, and our chamber members need to be familiar with the global economy. We currently host international travel experiences to foster the global experience and the knowledge of international culture. Our travel programs are directed toward helping our members understand other world cultures, then bring that information back to build relationships across the globe. The goal is to bridge the international waters for our members within Iowa, and expand the business possibilities of their respective chamber organizations.