About Us



The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the Dayton, Ohio region, serving 2,200 business members in 14 counties. We are a trade association of businesses, professionals and individuals focused on three core competency areas: government advocacy, economic development and member services.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is nationally recognized as one of the largest and most effective chambers in the country. Since 1995, we have been five star accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The highest rating for any chamber in the nation, five star accreditation is a distinction given to less than two percent of all chambers in America. In 2017, the chamber was also named as a finalist for Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce draws upon its size and influence to serve as a strong advocate for business needs.



The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s reach extends across 14 counties. Having this regional perspective allows the chamber to address issues and challenges that affect businesses in a much broader area, resulting in more effective solutions. The chamber’s membership base spans across diverse industries and sectors, which enriches the organization’s knowledge and expertise. By serving such a large area, the chamber can also connect businesses with resources and opportunities that they may not have access to otherwise. The chamber’s coverage of 14 counties provides a powerful platform to promote economic growth and prosperity across the Dayton region.



To be the most trusted voice of business in the Dayton region.


Working shoulder to shoulder with businesses to help them succeed.


RELATIONSHIPS: Relationships are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that connection is critical to our success and central to our ability to build community. ACCOUNTABILITY: We are accountable to each other and our members. We believe that acting daily with integrity, consistency and transparency is key to earning loyalty.
INCLUSION: We are purposeful in our inclusion of diverse perspectives. We believe we do our best work when everyone feels respected, supported & valued.


The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1907 by John H. Patterson. Patterson, the founder of the National Cash Register Company (NCR), called together area business owners and leaders to form the chamber. Like many U.S. cities of the time, businesses were forming chambers of commerce to help better coordinate the efforts of existing businesses.



Our Strategic Direction is our north star and clarifies the chamber’s:

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Purpose
  • Key Activities
  • Values
  • ROI
  • Growth Opportunities



Our Business Plan outlines goals and establishes outcomes for success via advocacy, professional development, connections and value. Our members support the success of the plan so click to read the detailed agenda.

Leadership Team

Meet your chamber's key management team members.

Linda Ashworth

Chief Operating Officer

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Stephanie Keinath, IOM

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

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Belinda Matthews Stenson

Vice President, Business Inclusion

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Amanda Byers

Director, Talent & Policy

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Catch up on the latest issues making headlines at the chamber or read The Voice of Business member-written articles, and tap into chamber member expertise.

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The Dayton Area Chamber is powered by volunteers. More than 400 serve on our board and committees, providing member outreach and valuable input on business needs.

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Annual Report

Annual Report

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Our Priorities

Our Priorities

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