Why Join the Chamber?

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is the third largest metro chamber in the State of Ohio.

At the close of 2022, the Chamber had an active membership of 2,920 and brought in a record-breaking 750 new members.

Of those 2,920 members, 1,139 have been members for more than 10 years. Members are in 10 states, predominantly in 122 cities across 16 counties in Ohio and 26 cities across 7 counties in Pennsylvania.


Why do members join the Regional Chamber?

  • The number one reason cited for membership is networking. In 2022, the Chamber held 122 events, fostering and providing strong opportunities for connecting and resulting in business growth.
  • Cost-saving benefit programs are utilized by more than half of our membership. Healthcare is tops, but additional programs include savings on energy and gas; payroll services; shipping; office supplies; e-device recycling, workers’ compensation and more.
  • The Government Affairs division supports Valley businesses and rallies with business and community leaders with one voice to local, state and federal delegations to advocate for direct funding and pro-business policies. In 2022, the Chamber’s advocacy resulted in $2.1 million in capital budget wins for Valley businesses and the passage of legislation that is positively impacting the region.
  • The Economic Development division works to retain and attract businesses to the Valley and offers a range of services to ensure these businesses look to call our region ‘home.’ The team is currently managing more than $1.4 billion of pending investment and since the Chamber’s founding in 1993 has assisted with 631 projects that resulted in $10.9 billion of investment, the creation of 28,920 jobs and $760 million of payroll and the retention of 36,500 jobs and $1.3 billion in payroll.
  • The Chamber has launched—and will continue to launch—initiatives that help move our Valley forward. Just some include:
    • The Chamber is dedicated to strengthening the communities of the Valley's minority-, women-, veteran- and disability-owned businesses and launched a DEI effort in 2022 to promote inclusive growth through our practices, policies, membership services, and community engagement as we support our members and partners throughout the region. 
    • The Regional Chamber’s JobsNow workforce initiative was created to help close the gap between the demand for skilled labor and the supply of workforce-ready employees in the Valley by publicizing available jobs weekly with media partner WKBN, connecting qualified workers to those positions and attracting talent to the area.
    • The Mahoning Valley Logistics Council will officially launch in 2023 with the goal of creating a cohesive and innovative logistical environment in the Valley. Members of the council will work together to prioritize infrastructure projects, develop and promote public policy and advocacy initiatives, create B2B connections for new and expanding companies, improve talent attraction and retention across all facets of the industry, broaden public transportation capabilities and more.
  • The Chamber can help promote businesses and gain visibility for them through ribbon cutting ceremonies, a segment on our weekly Take 5 video broadcast highlighting members (after one year of membership) and use of our membership roster for direct outreach—all of which are offered at no additional cost. Members can also sponsor events and give remarks to targeted audiences comprising their peers.
  • The Regional Chamber oversees the largest chamber-affiliated safety council in the State of Ohio, the Mahoning Valley Safety Council (MVSC). The MVSC is a private, non-profit public service organization dedicated to workplace safety awareness among small, medium and large employers and their employees. 
  • Leadership Mahoning Valley (LMV), under the auspices of the Chamber, is an extensive 10-month leadership training program that incorporates key community concepts, current leadership themes and training opportunities. Created in 1994 and governed by a volunteer board, LMV is one of more than 500 community leadership programs in the United States. 
  • The promise of What’s Next: The Regional Chamber is not an organization that rests on its laurels, as we are constantly working on behalf of the businesses we serve and the community in which we live, work, learn and play. We are preparing to launch the Office of Repopulation to increase the talent pool for companies and balloon the tax base for local governments. With our economic development partners, we will be implementing a joint strategic plan to revamp the Valley’s economic development system so we can take full advantage of a generational opportunity to grow the economy.
  • And, there’s more to come.
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