Why Join the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce
The Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (T&T Chamber) is the most established business chamber in the country. With over 600 members plus subsidiary companies the T&T Chamber has the largest membership base and employee count. So apart from the obvious great networking opportunities to connect with fellow members of the private sector business community here are some more reasons why you should join the T&T Chamber.
An Advocate for Our Members
Our motto states, that we are “The Voice of Business”, and this speaks to our primary function as an advocate for our members. We do this by lobbying and developing strategic relationships to enable commercial activity to develop and thrive in our country.
The T&T Chamber’s connections with government officials, economists, financial sector leaders, thought-leaders, other business chambers regional and international, the media and some of the country’s best-known movers and shakers are invaluable. Our Board members consist of some of the most influential voices in business today. We leverage this and our connections to highlight issues and influence a course of action for the good of members and by extension the rest of business community.
Be Part of The Largest Network of Businesses in T& T
Our membership represents virtually every business sector in Trinidad & Tobago of every scale including, conglomerates, large companies, SME’s, individual members and members of recognised business incubator programmes. In 2017 the Chamber made a decisive move to broaden its membership and extend its facilities to SME’s, members of recognised business incubator programmes and tertiary institutions. This gave rise to the Bronze and Associate Membership Levels, both rated at very reasonable fees. The T&T Chamber also has an active Tobago Division that represents the business needs of our twin island with 41 members.
Join a Committee and Be Part of The Solution
Many of members join the T&T Chamber to contribute sector specific solutions by joining one of our internal standing committees. These include,
- Crime & Justice Committee
- Responsible Business Committee
- Employment Labour Relations Committee (ELR)
- Facilities Management and Maintenance Committee
- ICT Professionals of T & T Committee (ICT ProTT)
- NOVA Committee – that facilitates support for new start-ups and entrepreneurship
- Trade and Business Development Committee
- Environmental Safety and Health Committee
- Communications Committee
There are also a number of national external committees that the T&T Chamber is invited to position a representative on. Many of these are Government initiated committees, but not all. When the TTCIC is invited to “sit at a table” it will look within its membership for suitable and willing persons, with the appropriate background, to represent the T&T Chamber and the views of the private sector.
Training, Exposure and Strategic Networking
One of the most recognised products of the Chamber is known as the Business Insights suite of training sessions. Each month at least 1 training session is hosted on a subject that is relevant and topical to the business climate. The sessions take the form of a key presenter followed by a panel discussion and finally an interactive Q & A segment. All panellists are carefully selected and offer an enriched experienced for attendees as all are versed on the respective subject in some way. The sessions are designed to be informative and offer the gift of perspective.
At the end of all each Business Insights seminar attendees are encouraged to mingle and network. Many attendees make valuable connections and find leads that provide solutions to their current challenges. We encourage all attendees to carve out a little more time on their schedule and walk with your business cards.
All Business Insights seminars are sponsored and enable us to charge very affordable fees to our members. The average price is TT$250.00 per event (non- members pay TT$350.00). Breakfast / lunch is included.
On Demand Business Insights Library
In case you cannot make it to a seminar, please note that each Business Insights seminar is recorded and posted to this website in our Business Insights On Demand gallery (click here).
Go to the MVA brochure under Training and Seminars here to see your entitlement of free views. Use your BI discount code, which you received with your membership card, to utilise this benefit. If you don’t know the code call us at our Membership Department to retrieve it for you.
The cost of viewing a Business Insight seminar online is the same cost of attending the session live. You can even derive more value from this by hosting a playback BI session in your office for your staff/colleagues as an inexpensive form of training and subject exposure.
The number of FREE entitled views is about the same cost of your annual membership subscription. Therefore, if you do nothing else but utilise this facility only, you would have covered the value of your membership completely.
But there is more.
Attend The T&T Chamber’s Annual Business Luncheon
This meeting is known as one of the T&T Chamber’s 3 Signature Events and attracts a powerful following of members in terms of numbers but also in numbers. Once the Member only segment is concluded the Annual Business Luncheon is then open to the public for a luncheon followed by a compelling and often thought-provoking business segment. The T&T Chamber would engage a key presenter or key-note speaker of substantial ilk to open the segment. This is then followed by a healthy discussion with a moderator and panellists to speak on their perspective or experience on a subject related to the theme of the Annual Business Luncheon that year. All speakers are selected on the basis of being subject-matter experts.
This event is sponsored by Members of the Chamber and is a great opportunity for companies to position themselves as leaders in their category while aligning themselves with a particular national subject.
Click here to go to the Signature Events page to read more.
Post Budget Analysis Meeting
The T&T Chamber has traditionally hosted another business meeting to discuss the most “burning issues”, interpretations and predicted outcomes from policies and positions stated in the Annual National Budget reading.
The meeting usually attracts a very large and influential following and the T&T Chamber as usual aspires to specially invite subject-matter experts to give their perspectives. A high-ranking member of the government is usually present at the head table to represent the government’s rationale.
This is a highly engaging experience and is viewed by many members as a Must-Attend event on their annual calendar.
Champions of Business (COB)
This event was previously known as the Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and was started in 2005, when Leon Agostini was inducted. The event was created to recognise the achievements of our country’s most successful business entrepreneurs. In 2014 the event was re branded to Champions of Business and was opened-up to also provide recognition of the achievements of companies and businesspersons in a wider range of categories inclusive of start-ups and rising achievers.
Some of the most popular awards include, “Locally Owned…Internationally Known” Award (sponsored by First Citizens), “Emerging Entrepreneur Award” (sponsored by EY) and our Hall of Fame Inductee award.
This year we will be introducing a new Technology Award.
From time to time we may stage ad hoc events that may be driven by a particular current issue that we feel compelled to act upon or based on a membership suggestion. We are open to dialogue with our members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any suggestions that you would like us to consider.
Membership Value Added Programme
The Member Value-Added Programme (MVA) is the most recent benefit of being a member of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce. The programme is designed to give our members tangible savings in a number of meaningful cost categories.
Each member is issued with a Membership Card upon renewal of the membership subscription and they may use this to redeem discounts and savings from our list of MVA Partners.
We update our list of MVA offers on a quarterly basis and we encourage our members to become MVA Partners too and directly tap into the market of the 600 T&T Chamber members and their key personnel.
How to Join the Chamber
If your interests mesh with our Vision & Mission (click to this page in the About drop down) then please go to How to Join the Chamber page – click here and follow the steps on becoming a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.