Local chapters are the heart of supporting the International Trade Council’s range of activities.
The central goals of a chapter are:
- The development and promotion of sustainable and fair economic activity
- Local community development (including the development of human resource, cultural, infrastructure and entrepreneurship resources)
- The advancement of industry standards, regulation and public policies that ensure vibrant, just, and sustainable economies.
How to start a local ITC chapter:
Starting (and leading!) a chapter is a time-consuming process, so before all else, consider whether this is a realistic option for you given your lifestyle. Passionate, committed leaders who make running their chapters a central key activity in their daily lives lead our most successful chapters.
Steps to begin the application:
- Make sure that you are already a member of the International Trade Council.
- Familiarise yourself with the Council’s Mission, Areas of Focus, Key Beliefs and By-Laws.
- Reach out to your local business community. (You will need to organise a team of five or more people to get going).
Once you have assessed the needs in your community and formed an enthusiastic team (including a potential board), then send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
- Your name
- Phone number
- Email address
- The city/county/area in which you want to start a chapter
- Your background: tell us a bit about yourself and your business interests
- Any history you may have with the International Trade council: how long have you been a member? Why did you join?
- Your interests and goals: What are the most interesting business issues in your community? What do you hope to achieve through the formation of a local Chapter?
Contacting the national office is only the beginning of the three-to-six-month process to become an official International Trade Council chapter. We will follow-up soon after you have submitted your email to discuss the next steps in forming a chapter. Please stay in touch for support throughout this process.
Thank you again for your enthusiasm for the International Trade Council. We hope that you will form a robust and exciting local chapter.