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Local Business Voice and the Chambers of Commerce

Robert J. Bennett

in Local Business Voice

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584734
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731105 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584734.003.0001
Local Business Voice and the Chambers of Commerce

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This chapter gives an overview. It defines chambers of commerce and the related bodies studied in lesser detail: chambers of trade, trade protection societies, chambers of agriculture, and how these interface with sector and national organizations. It shows how primary historical, economic, and political analysis is combined to give statistical overviews, highlighting local contingency, personality, and the geography of place—to explain why chambers are, and were, where they are: to define their Unique Selling Point (USP). It also shows how analysis of management and member choices is combined to understand how chambers have been used, managed, and valued. It introduces the wide range of local and national archives employed, explaining how historical data have been aligned.

Keywords: Local archives; business associations; sectors; volunteering; small firms; USP

Chapter.  4247 words. 

Subjects: Business History

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