The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce was originally created in 1936 to fulfill a need for tourism information. The organization was reformed in 1961 as a Chamber of Commerce to better serve the needs of the business community in the County.
A little known fact regarding the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce: The official Highlands of Haliburton Tartan was originally commissioned by the Chamber back in 1963.
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce provides a wide variety of functions. We advocate to all levels of government, encourage Chamber members and businesses to use local resources first, and provide cost saving and we are proud to represent & promote more than 250 members of the local businesses in the Haliburton Highlands.
What is a Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesspeople who have joined together to promote the civic, commercial and industrial interests in the community.
What do we do?
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce lists three primary functions of a Chamber, which HHCC does our best to abide by:
- Lobby Government (municipally, provincially & federally) for changes that positively affect business. As a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, HHCC is able to bring local business concerns to the provincial and federal stage. HHCC also has a working relationship with municipal councils, MP and MPP in Haliburton County to address local business concerns.
- Provide Member Services (value-added programs). Providing specific services to its members to support and promote businesses.
- Facilitate Networking and Cross Selling.
How is the Chamber funded?
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is a registered not-for-profit and is not associated with any government agency or program. Funds are generated through membership dues, Chamber Breakfasts, the Business & Community Achievement Awards, and other Chamber events.