Start a Local ITC Chapter

Local chapters are the heart of supporting the International Trade Council’s range of activities.

The central goals of a chapter are:

  1. Education
  2. The development and promotion of sustainable and fair economic activity
  3. Local community development (including the development of human resource, cultural, infrastructure and entrepreneurship resources)
  4. 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:

  1. Make sure that you are already a member of the International Trade Council.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the Council’s Mission, Areas of Focus, Key Beliefs and By-Laws.
  3. 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.

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Invitation to the Think Global Conference

Please join us for the 2019 Think Global Conference, being held in Chicago, Illinois (22nd – 23rd of October, 2019).

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