California Chamber of Commerce

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California Chamber of Commerce
Founded 1890
Focus Business advocacy
Area served

The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocacy group in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. The CalChamber provides products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. As a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, the CalChamber promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs.

CalChamber membership facts:

  • Members total more than 13,000
  • Members employ one-fourth the private sector workforce in California
  • 75% of CalChamber members have 100 or fewer employees

Mission statement[edit]

"To serve as an advocate and resource for California employers and to engage in other activities, domestically and internationally, that enhance the California economy and make the state a better place to live, work and do business."

Board of directors[edit]

The members of the CalChamber's Board of Directors are elected by the CalChamber’s members and are ranking executives in their organizations, representing many of the state’s leading firms and industries, as well as the small business segment.

Seth Myers - President and CEO


The CalChamber traces its roots directly to the California State Board of Trade, which incorporated on February 20, 1890 after three years as a voluntary organization. The primary goal of the organization in those early years was to encourage immigration to California, a goal of the State Board of Trade pursued by publishing and circulating statistical and other descriptive information on the growth and products of the state.

In an effort to more effectively promote the business of the state, the California State Board of Trade merged with the Manufacturers and Producers Association of California and the California Promotion Committee in 1910. The new combined group, known as the California Development Board, carried out the aims of its parent groups. The board continued to promote immigration to California, the main focus of the Board of Trade. It encouraged pride in California-made products, as had the Manufacturers and Producers Association. It also disseminated information about the state, as had the California Promotion Committee.

To better deal with the complexities of supporting a sound business climate in a rapidly growing state, the California Development Board merged with the California Industries Association in 1921 to form the California Development Association, Commerce and Industry. In September 1929, the organization incorporated as the California State Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Industry.

In 1972, the board of directors adopted the shorter name: California Chamber of Commerce.[1]

On the issues[edit]

Each year the CalChamber tracks some 3,000 legislative proposals on behalf of employers, works to promote cost-saving reforms and fights anti-business legislation. [1][2]

In recent years, the CalChamber has made efforts to:

  • protect workers’ compensation reforms;
  • help control unemployment insurance costs;[2][3]
  • help control health care costs;
  • stop tax increases — both in legislation and at the ballot box;[3][4]
  • keep a lid on wage costs;[4][5]
  • safeguard the ability of California ports to keep goods moving;[5][6]
  • win voter approval of investment in critical infrastructure;
  • stimulate business activity through support for the enterprise zone program;
  • ensure students are better prepared for the workplace;[6][7]
  • help California small businesses;
  • promote tourism marketing;
  • keep the lid on excessive litigation; and
  • increase world trade, investment and tourism opportunities.[7][8]

Job killers[edit]

Each year the CalChamber releases a list of "job killer" bills to identify legislation that will, in the chamber's view, hurt economic and job growth in California. [8]♙.[9] The CalChamber tracks the bills throughout the rest of the legislative session and works to educate legislators about the serious consequences these bills will have on the state. Updates on the "job killers" appear on its website.

  • 2013 "job killers" [8][10]
  • 2012 "job killers" [9][11]
  • 2011 "job killers" - final status of "job killers" [10][11] [12] [13]
  • 2010 "job killers" - final status of "job killers" [14][12]
  • 2009 "job killers" - final status of "job killers" [15]
  • 2008 "job killers" - status at end of the year [16]
  • 2007 "job killers" - status at end of the year [17]
  • 2006 "job killers" - final status [18]
  • 2005 "job killers" - status at end of the year [19]
  • 2004 "job killers" - final status [20]
  • List of "job killers" signed in 2003 [21]

Political action[edit]

The CalChamber works to create a political climate that is more favorable to business through a targeted political action network that funds specific campaigns through issue and candidate political action committees. This bipartisan program recruits and supports pro-jobs candidates who are committed to promoting policies to enhance California’s economy and jobs climate. [13]

Related resources[edit]

  • CAJobKillers.Com: A CalChamber website tracking more than 3,000 legislative proposals every year, sounding the alarm when a bill will hurt employers and the economy and working to win support for legislation that will help the jobs climate.[14]

California employment law resource[edit]

Each year the CalChamber makes available an update on new laws affecting California businesses.[15][16][17]

  • HRCalifornia: A CalChamber website dedicated to human resources (HR) topics covering information ranging from the basics for those new to HR to more in-depth coverage. Labor law information is grouped according to an employee’s life cycle, from the beginning to the end of employment. Through, CalChamber members also can get answers to HR-related questions by sending the query to Labor Law Helpline experts, logging onto the community forum or consulting the listing of questions and answers by topic. Online tools help visitors assess the safety of their workplaces, areas where they may be at risk of not complying with labor laws, the workplace posters they need and whether they are properly classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt. The HR Watchdog blog written by the editor of the CalChamber’s California Labor Law Digest offers comments and insights on the latest labor law news.[18]
  • CalChamber Store: A CalChamber website with products that answer California and federal labor law and HR questions, plus information on training options to help businesspeople learn how to comply with labor law requirements.[19]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ California: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, 1989 Windsor Publications, Inc., page 240.
  2. ^ Fox&Hounds Daily, May 25, 2011
  3. ^ Sacramento Business Journal, May 27, 2011
  4. ^ The Washington Journal, February 7, 2010
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2010
  6. ^ Capitol Weekly, September 18, 2008
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2008
  8. ^ Sacramento Bee, June 30, 2011
  9. ^ Sacramento Business Journal, May 26, 2011
  10. ^ Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2013
  11. ^ The Sacramento Bee, April 12, 2012
  12. ^ The Orange County Register, May 17, 2010
  13. ^ Los Angeles Times PolitiCal, June 6, 2012
  14. ^ CAJobKillers website
  15. ^ The Sacramento Bee, December 22, 2011
  16. ^ Jan Norman, Orange County Register, December 18, 2011
  17. ^ San Francisco Chronicle, December 20, 2011
  18. ^ HRCalifornia website
  19. ^ CalChamber Store website