About the Chamber

The Chamber strives to be the region’s most effective advocate for a
vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life.

  • The Chamber of Commerce was first organized in Boise in 1883 and incorporated on May 10, 1900, serving as the voice of the business community since its founding.

  • The Chamber was the 252nd accredited Chamber in America with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

  • The Boise Metro Chamber has operated under several names over the years, beginning with the Boise Commercial Club in 1906, the Boise Chamber of Commerce in 1919, and to the present-day name in 2002 to encompass the entire Boise Valley region.

  • The Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) is a separately funded division of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, which began with the 2005-2006 Valley Initiative For Prosperity (ViP) campaign and was re- funded with the 2011 Competitive Edge Initiative Campaign. BVEP’s objective is to create well-paying jobs and stimulate capital investment in the Boise Valley.

  • The Chamber has been named one of the "Best Places to Work" in Idaho in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • The Chamber was honored in 2014 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a Three-Star "Chamber of Valor" for our support of military veterans and spouses.

  • The Chamber hosts many events throughout the year, including our popular Business After Hours networking events, the Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon, major addresses from the Mayor, Governor, and congressional leaders, and our biggest event, the Annual Gala, featuring world-renowned speakers.

  • In 2014, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,900 members representing more than 60,000 employees in the Valley.

  • The 2014 Chamber’s advocacy priorities include tax policy, economic development, transportation, education/workforce and maintaining a pro-business environment in Idaho.

  • Over 1,000 volunteers serve the Chamber annually, including our core group of Chamber Ambassadors which help recruit and retain members

  • Leadership Boise has graduated more than 1,400 civic leaders since its inception in 1975. It has also spawned the high school equivalent, Leadership Boise Academy which began in 1984.

  • The Boise Young Professionals was founded with the goal to attract, develop and retain a talented work- force in the Boise Valley by connecting, empowering and engaging young professionals and now boasts more than 1,000 members.

  • Healthcare, travel, financial services, and food & ag industry boards were developed in 2012 to serve those industries Other boards may be developed in the future to serve other Chamber member interests.