by John Safin
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO
Seems almost weekly someone will ask me, “What does the Chamber do?” It’s a valid question because the activities associated with chambers of commerce have changed over the years. The first chamber formed in the 1500s as protection from ruthless competitors, greedy tax collectors and bandits along trade routes. Over the past 25 years, the mainstay for chambers was mixers; mixing people in a room while they enjoyed mixed drinks.