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Welcome to the Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Strengthening Your Business and Our Community

Manatee Chamber Names New President and CEO


Jacki DezelskiThe Manatee Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of its new President and CEO, Jacki Dezelski.

Jacki has been with the Chamber since 1996, serving first as Communications Manager before advancing to Vice President and then Executive Vice President. She has led chamber programs and policy development related to strategic planning, education, workforce development, healthcare, and more. She oversaw the launch of the Manatee Young Professionals (MYP) program and managed studies on healthcare and the economic impact of the arts that laid the foundation for action and funding to benefit the community.

Jacki received her MBA and BFA degrees from the University of Florida and was named the 2015 Florida Chamber Professional of the Year by FACP. She earned her IOM credential from the US Chamber of Commerce.

To read the full press release, click here.

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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.