About Us

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the Dayton, Ohio region, serving 2,200 business members in nine 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.



To position the Dayton region as the world’s greatest place to live, work and grow business.


To strengthen, promote and advocate for our member businesses and the region’s economy.


Diversity: We believe our differences give us the perspective, strength and wisdom that are critical to our success. Advocacy: We seek to understand the needs of our members and to champion the causes that matter to our business community.
Collaboration: We connect our members and our community to produce unique opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. Courage: We show leadership, integrity and transparency to earn and maintain the trust of our members.


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 Plan for 2020-2022 will only be successful with everyone’s help and support and will give us a path to a more prosperous business environment and community. We urge you to read our plan, and we welcome our members’ participation to ensure its success.

Leadership Team

Meet your chamber's key management team members.

Linda Ashworth

Chief Operating Officer

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Stephanie Keinath

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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Veronica Nunamaker

Director, Marketing & Member Engagement

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Meet the Whole Team

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Staff Members

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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

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