The Oak Park and River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization supporting our small business community to stay informed, network with other members and provide marketing opportunities. Our Chamber is also active in advocacy work at the local and state level, ensuring that our business community has a voice at the table when timely topics are being discussed and decisions are being made.
The Chamber works for the success of all local businesses and organizations by cultivating an energized, connected and resilient community.
All who live and work in our community have the opportunity to thrive.
OUR DIVERSITY STATEMENTOak Park River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce is, at its core, an open community dedicated to bringing businesses closer together by fostering meaningful, shared experiences among people. Our community includes people from many nationalities and countries. It is an incredibly diverse community, drawing together individuals of different cultures, values, and norms.
The OPRF Chamber of Commerce is committed to building a business world where people from every background feel welcome and respected. Our commitment to inclusion and respect enables every business member of our community to feel welcome in the OPRF Chamber of Commerce.
While we do not believe that one organization can mandate harmony among all people, we do believe that the Oak Park River Forest business community can promote empathy and understanding across cultures. We are all committed to help eliminate all forms of unlawful bias, discrimination, and intolerance in our community. The chamber acknowledges that the world we live in is not perfect and that often people in protected classes have additional barriers to enter the business community. We commit to combating these barriers by fostering a diverse and inclusive business community where everyone feels welcome and there are opportunities for all.
How we define Diversity, Inclusion and Respect:
Diversity- We are committed to the diversity of our business community in all aspects including but not limited to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, perspective and professional background.
Inclusion -We welcome businesses of all backgrounds with authentic hospitality and open minds. Joining the OPRF Chamber of Commerce means becoming part of a community of inclusion. Bias, prejudice, racism, and hatred have no place in our business community. We commit to do more than comply with the minimum requirements established by the law.
Respect - We connect people from different backgrounds and understand and appreciate the common characteristics shared by all human beings. We reject prejudice rooted in misconception, misinformation, or misunderstanding.