Newsome also hosts a weekly radio show to address challenges new business owners may face.
"It gives them an understanding about whether they're ready to start a business," he said.
Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce
Address: 6272 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas
President: Terry Wong
Dues: $150-$300 annually--
Terry Wong remembers coming to Las Vegas from Los Angeles and needing to build his chiropractic practice. He joined the Asian Chamber of Commerce and almost immediately began recruiting patients.
"It's invaluable," Wong said. "I have met a lot of individuals and gathered my business through referrals."
While it is one of the smaller chambers in the area, the Asian Chamber of Commerce uses its size to its advantage. Its compact membership allows business owners to form personal relationships with one another.
"We try to make our business pieces fit," Wong said. "We have a strong connection with all of the community. Community leaders are connected with the Asian Chamber. Our charter members are involved with the chamber's operations."
The group also isn't predominantly Asian, as its name suggests. Wong estimated that 50 percent of its members are non-Asian businesspeople looking to extend their brands.
"We have positioned ourselves as one of the better resources in town," Wong said. "We try to do a lot of hands-on referrals. Our membership and our board specifically ask if we can make introductions to make one-on-one connections."
Chicagoans in the Desert
President: Mary Romano
Dues: $225 annually
Chicagoans in the Desert is 80 percent chamber of commerce, 20 percent social club.
Started in 2011 by Mary Romano, the group helps Chicago transplants find their footing in Las Vegas.
"When you leave Chicago, you're cutting your roots and trying to grow them in the rock we have in the desert," Romano said. "I want to be able to help people in business and corral the more than 200,000 people that come into the desert."
The chamber hosts luncheons -- at businesses owned by Chicago natives -- and social events, including watching Chicago sports. The chamber also takes part in community service events that help the homeless in Las Vegas and Chicago.
Las Vegas Green Chamber of Commerce
Address: 2300 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 800, Las Vegas
President: Gregory St. Martin
Dues: $100-$500 annually--
The Las Vegas Green Chamber of Commerce is the first of its kind in Nevada. The chamber focuses on helping businesses become more eco-friendly.
Members are given the opportunity to meet other eco-conscious business leaders. The chamber also is connected to similar green chambers across the country, offering members a chance to meet a national audience with similar philosophies.
Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce
Address: 3667 Dutch Valley Drive, Las Vegas
Dues: $25-$1,000 annually--
The Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce aims to bring together Indian businesses to form a cohesive business community.
Along with networking and educational events, the chamber helps members travel to India for business or pleasure by offering packaged tours. It also promotes Las Vegas to Bollywood film directors and producers.
--Dues vary based on number of employees. Corporate sponsorships also run higher, while nonprofit groups receive membership discounts.
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