Organized in 1950, the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit (501(c)(6)), non-governmental, partnership of business and professional people dedicated to advancing the economic, civic and cultural welfare of Fort Lee and surrounding communities.
The FLRCC has long been a leading proponent of the business community on a broad range of issues that affect economic growth and prosperity. The Chamber works within the community doing all the things small businesses simply cannot do individually to assist in improving the local business and civic environment.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of the more active and prestigious chambers in Bergen County. Approximately 1/3 of its members are based outside of Fort Lee. This diverse membership composition includes premier Fort Lee and regional businesses, including major corporations, retail and professional businesses and community leaders. The Chamber’s leadership is rooted with outstanding citizens and business leaders at the forefront of the organization.
The Chamber’s mission is the advancement of civic, retail, commercial and professional interests of the Borough of Fort Lee and vicinity, Bergen County and New Jersey. The Chamber is non-partisan and non-sectarian and does not support or endorse candidates for public office. However, the Chamber provides a forum for its members and has committees that focus on issues including parking and traffic, beautification, legislation and retail business. The Chamber also works closely with the Fort Lee Mayor and Council through its liaison. It also represents business via its membership in the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, New Jersey State Chamber and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.
The Chamber provides business and community information and referrals to people from all over the United States. It publishes a yearly Community Directory. The Chamber plans to reinstate its’ “Welcome Bag” program for new residents to Fort Lee this Fall. It provides business referrals upon request.
The Chamber is a strong supporter of many community events, including the Annual Ragamuffin Parade (held around Halloween). The Chamber hosted a Mayors’ Conference in 2005 and a Legislative Breakfast in March 2006 (open public forums) to discuss present and future plans that would impact the economic health, growth and progress of the area. The Chamber has a long tradition – nearing its 40th year – of honoring outstanding community and business leaders as “Person(s) of the Year”. The Chamber has been the facilitator for important fund drives, and shares a close relationship with area community organizations, including local schools, veterans’ organizations, historic and tenant associations and religious groups.
For example, the Chamber has spearheaded a donation drive to supply the Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps with an ice machine for use on emergency calls. (Previously, the Corps received donated ice from local businesses on a per call basis.) The Chamber also disburses scholarships for various collegiate disciplines and provides an opportunity for 2 local juniors to attend Foundation for Free Enterprise’s “Learning About Business” program to explore issues such as: How the Market Works; Profit and Loss; Competition; Inflation; Comparative Economic Systems; International Trade – Global Opportunities; Leadership – Ethical Business Decision-making and other significant issues.