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New to The Chamber? Dig in!

Itching to discover everything your Chamber membership has to offer? Then this page is for you!

We've divided our services into four categories, which are shown in the menu at the top of every page of our web site:

Be sure to share this page with your employees. They're Chamber members, too!

Get Connected

Connect 4 Lunch

If you're hoping to be introduced to other businesspeople in the Fort Wayne area, sign up for Connect 4 Lunch. Then you'll received an email every week that invites you to lunch with three other professionals at an area restaurant. Because one good connection is better than a thousand business cards!

» More info and sign up form: Connect 4 Lunch page

Chamber Night

Our new networking events are a great way to meet other Chamber members in a relaxed setting with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

President's Lunch

Every month, Chamber members have the opportunity to have lunch with Chamber President Mike Landram and a local business or education leader. Previous guest have included Mayor Tom Henry and PHP President Jay Gilbert.

» More info and upcoming lunches: President's Lunch page 

Chairman's Reception

Meet Fort Wayne's Who's Who of leadership at these exclusive networking events.

» More info: Chairman's Reception page 

CEO Roundtables

Roundtables offer a confidential forum of peers in non-competing businesses to regularly gather and share practical knowledge and best practices in today’s business environment. They are comprised of no more than 15 people of ownership or top management positions.

» More info, including how to apply: CEO Roundtables page

Leadership Development Roundtables

Similar to CEO Roundtables, these roundtables offer a confidential forum of managers in non-competing businesses to regularly gather and share practical knowledge and best practices in today’s business environment, but for members having at least three direct reports.

» More info, including how to apply: Leadership Development Roundtables page 

Leads Groups

How can you find people devoted to looking for and sharing viable business leads with you? By joining one of The Chamber's Leads Groups! These are exclusive and permit only one of each industry to be in a group, so there’s no conflict of interest or competition.

» More info, including application: Leads Groups page 

Get Smart

Lunch 'n Learn

The Chamber’s Lunch 'n Learn Series provides the opportunity to receive a brief 60-minute lesson on a variety of relevant business topics over the lunch hour, with a Q&A afterward. And lunch is included!

» More info, including upcoming events: Lunch 'n Learn page

Summits

A new format for The Chamber are the half- and full-day summits aimed at a particular business or nonprofit audience. Our first one, the , featured four speakers and included about 40 attendees. More will be announced in the near future.

GovConnect

Our Government Affairs department produces a weekly email blast,  GovConnect Briefing, that's sent to Chamber members every Friday afternoon. The email is then placed on our web site the following Monday.

» The latest news, and sign up for the email: GovConnect page

Get Heard

Business Directory

One great benefit of membership is the instant credibility of being listed in The Chamber's Business Directory, plus free phone and web referrals.

» Check your listing: Business Directory

Air Service Development

The Air Service Development Division is a Chamber support and promotion division with two main goals:

  • To promote Fort Wayne International Airport to existing and potential airlines in an effort to increase markets served, decrease fares offered, and otherwise support the customers of the airport.
  • To develop the overall marketing campaign for the airport.

» More info, including how to contact: Air Service Development page

Legislative Affairs

This department sets The Chamber's Legislative Agenda and also is available to members for the monitoring of and lobbying for legislation.

» More info, including how to contact: Legislative Affairs page

BizPAC

The Greater Fort Wayne Business Political Action Committee (BizPAC) is an organization directed by its own board and the Chamber Board. BizPAC supports, on a non-partisan basis, elected officials or candidates who are advocates for limited government, free enterprise and a pro-business, pro-economic growth environment in the Greater Fort Wayne area.

» More info: BizPAC page

Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings

These packages are available exclusively to Chamber members. We'll spread the word, furnish the ribbon and scissors for your ribbon cutting, or the shovels for your groundbreaking, and provide a Chamber photographer to take a digital photo. 

» More info: Ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings page

Sponsorship opportunities

Interested in sponsoring one of The Chamber's events? With your involvement, your business will maximize its membership investment by increasing visibility and exposure while targeting your business marketing efforts. Event sponsorships are provided as a value-added benefit of membership.

» More info: Sponsorship Opportunities page

Web site advertising

With more than 18,000 page views a month and 62 percent of all visitors being new to the site, advertisers are guaranteed exposure to viewers who value their product and are looking to business with reputable, Chamber-approved businesses.

» More info: Web site advertising page

Emphasis Briefing advertising

To find out how to advertise in our weekly Emphasis Briefing email, contact Jon Swerens, director of communications.

Submit news releases and events

To submit your company's news release to be posted to The Chamber's member news page, send it to the communications department.

To submit an event to be included on The Chamber's community calendar, use our online event form.

Get Saving

PHP member discount

The PHP Health Matters program is a joint effort between the Chamber and Physicians Health Plan to offer discounts on employee health insurance for Chamber members, resulting in significant savings that in most cases far exceed the annual cost of Chamber membership.

» More info and enrollment form: PHP page

Office Depot savings

Thanks to Office Depot’s Chamber discount, Chamber members will realize savings of up to 60 percent on their office supply needs through Office Depot’s Business Services Division. 

» More info and how to enroll: Office Depot page

Cirrus ABS web solution

Cirrus has developed a program for members that provide significant discounts on their standard web site and search engine optimization programs. This program, named the Cirrus ABS eBusiness Suite, provides website services for members seeking more affordable alternatives to traditional web site designs and set up. 

» More info: Cirrus ABS page

Comcast Business Class savings

Comcast offers a discounted rate for Chamber members on Internet, phone and TV options. 

» More info: Comcast Business Class page

Sam's Club savings

Chamber members receive a $25 gift card for a Plus membership or a $10 for a Business membership.

» More info: Sam's Club membership page

Event discounts and admittance

Every employee of each of our members receives the member price for Chamber events. Also, all employees of members can attend member-only events, such as the Third House Forums.

Promotion and referrals

Members can create and offer coupons on the web site. Members also get free promotion through the Business Directory and free phone and web referrals.

Notarization and certification of origin

Free for members by our front desk staff. Call (260) 424-1435 for details.

Is there something missing from this guide? Contact Director of Communications Jon Swerens.

Join The Chamber

Wait ... you're reading this page and you're not a member? Join today by using our online application, or if you have questions, contact Teresa Royer at troyer@fwchamber.org or (260) 424-1435.

Stay in Contact

You have several ways to keep informed about The Chamber, including our Emphasis Blog and our events calendar, and find out more about our staff and our board of directors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce is to create a vibrant economic environment by supporting business, advocating on behalf of the business community, and fostering community partnerships to advance a common economic vision.

A Rich History

Since 1875 the Fort Wayne Chamber has been addressing the needs of local businesses. Read more about our history here.

Air Service

Promotes air services to and from Fort Wayne International Airport, ensuring the people and products of Fort Wayne have a global reach. Read more about our Air Service Development division here.

Economic Development

Funds the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, which markets the area for development by current and prospective businesses.

Government Affairs

Supports a registered lobbyist who advocates a pro-business agenda locally, as well as at state and federal levels. Read more about our Government Affairs division here.

Graduate Retention

Facilitates internships and innovative partnerships between educators and local industries to strengthen a highly-skilled workforce for employers. Read more about our Graduate Retention Program here.

Member Relations & Communications

Acts as a resource for business development, provides educational, networking, promotional and money-saving opportunities. Read more about our Member Relations & Communications division here.