Top of page

Exhibition Join In: Voluntary Assocations in America

Carol M. Highsmith (b. 1946), photographer. Headquarters Building of the Latino Chamber of Commerce in Pueblo, Colorado, 2015. Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (095.00.00)

Chambers of Commerce

As early as 1768, Americans established chambers of commerce to look after the interests of the business community. Today, there are roughly 4,000 such organizations with professional staff at local, regional, state, and national levels. In recent decades, many minority communities across the nation have found their interests best served by separate chambers of commerce. The Latino community in Pueblo, Colorado, formed its own chamber of commerce in 1979. Beginning with 35 members, the association has grown to welcome 1,000 members and now serves them with workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and scholarships.