Welcome from the Executive Director

Welcome to the Salem Chamber’s website! As your local Chamber of Commerce, we function as a non-profit organization of business and professional people united to ensure a healthy economic environment for the benefit of Salem and the surrounding area.

Today as it was in 1768 when the first Chamber of Commerce was formed, the basic concepts and goals remain the same; encouragement of retail, service, and industrial business investments, promotion of our community’s self- image, and the initiation of work in other non-commercial areas, such as education, social services, human relations, and national, state, or local legislation that affects the business community.

Operating and functioning as a business, the Salem Chamber is often confused with the label of city government since the organization works in close collaboration with city endeavors. A full time office operation located at 210 East State Street in Salem provides the structure and implementation of effective programs, events, and activities for the Chamber’s volunteer members. Elected officers and a Board of Directors serve as the governing body for the 365 members of our organization

The Salem Chamber proudly keeps “PACE” with its members as we Promote, Advocate, Connect, and Educate for the greater good of our members, while believing that the overall support of the local business community is a fundamental key to the health, wealth, and success of Salem. The Chamber harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and enables its membership to accomplish collectively what no one can do individually. All members share a mutual desire to achieve a better community, realizing that the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will bring opportunity, involvement, and year round results and positive returns for businesses in Salem and the surrounding area.