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Welcome to the Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Strengthening Your Business and Our Community

Join Us for the 16th Annual Ship-Shape Showcase


Ship-Shape Showcase is all about networking, connecting and showcasing Manatee Chamber members. The event draws hundreds of attendees and features many Chamber member businesses promoting their products and services with booth displays. It's free for Manatee Chamber members and $10 for the general public.

Attendees get to experience a close-up view of Port Manatee through a narrated bus tour, enjoy complimentary appetizers provided by member restaurants & caterers, entertainment, cash bar, door prizes and more!

No RSVP necessary to attend, but bring plenty of business cards! Photo ID required to enter the Port.

Lite Bites provided by:
  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • Cedar Reef Fish Camp
  • Chicken Salad Chick
  • Kona Ice
  • Mission BBQ
  • Pinchers Crab Shack of Lakewood Ranch
Photo Booth provided by: TapSnap

Entertainment provided by: Party Pro DJs

Thank you to Firkins Automotive for sponsoring the Grand Prize... a 55" Smart TV!

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State and Federal Advocacy


The Manatee Chamber’s Legislative Committee developed policy positions which will be presented in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. The Chamber Board of Directors approved the State and Federal platforms of priorities for the Chamber at their November 2016 Board meeting. Guests, conference calls and research by committee members were coordinated in the development of the Business Agendas.

Click here for the Federal Business Agenda

Click here for the State Business Agenda

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The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce


Being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy. It communicates to consumers that a company uses good practices, is reputable, cares about its customers, and is involved in its community. According to a recent study by The Schapiro Group:

  • When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.
  • If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g. sits on the chamber board), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When a consumer thinks more favorably of a company because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy and cares about its customers.
  • The positive impacts of chamber membership have remained the same and even increased over time.