The Chamber’s first president was John S. Craig (pictured left), owner of a shipbuilding company. There were 392 members after a year and dues were $10. Office hours were six days a week and any employee accepting a tip was subject to immediate dismissal. Toledo had 95 miles of streetcar tracks and five daily newspapers. And while things have certainly changed in the last 125 years, there are still many elements of today’s Chamber deeply rooted in our history.
Our Advocacy and Public Policy program can be traced back to 1950 when the Chamber created a legislative program and tax assessment policy to maintain a close study of employer-employee legislative proposals at all levels of government. And our workforce development efforts began back in 1958 with the Business-Industry-Education Day (BIE Day) where teachers were taken on tours through local businesses. Today TRAIN, the Toledo Region Academic & Industry Network Initiative, connects employers and educators to help increase awareness of current and future career opportunities that are available here.
As we look forward to continuing our mission to Advocate, Connect and Lead in 2019, we invite you to be a part of celebrating this milestone year with us. We are offering an opportunity to further invest in the mission of the Chamber and be promoted as a 125th Anniversary Champion or Supporter! With a one-time commitment of $1,250, your business will receive distinct recognition throughout all of 2019 as a Chamber Champion. A Chamber Supporter level is also available. More details are available here, or you can reach out to Julie Sanderson, Events Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.243.8191 ext 223. (But please, still refrain from tipping the Chamber staff.)