History - The Chamber of Commerce idea is a concept found only where private and free enterprise exist. The Chamber of Commerce, as a voluntary institution in the United States, is eight years older than the Declaration of Independence. The New York State Chamber of Commerce, the first in America, was organized in 1768, and five years later, the first local Chamber of Commerce was formed in Charleston, South Carolina. In over 200 years, the Chamber of Commerce has grown from a single purpose federation of traders who organized to promote trade and cut costs by cooperating in certain operations, to a broad based community development association which believes that when men and women of high purpose work together unselfishly on problems which they have in common, progress will result.
The Seaside Chamber of Commerce was first organized on April 15, 1936 with a staff of one person. Today, the Seaside Chamber of Commerce has flourished and has become a strong advocate for business in Seaside.
Purpose - The Seaside Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, tourism and commercial entities in our community. The area?s economic well being is directly related to the caliber of work performed by the Chamber. That is why we seek to have a major impact on business, income and future growth of Seaside. The official mission of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce is to promote our members and enhance the economic base.