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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions...

General

What is the purpose of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce?

Our primary purpose is to connect people to holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions through the professionals, practitioners, business owners and resource providers who provide them.

We also connect people to holistically-minded business support professionals and services so that they can help more people in effective and financially sustainable ways.

We are committed to promoting our members’ financial, emotional, physical and spiritual health and wealth. We do this through a community of people who, in education and sharing, benefit from the open exchange of best holistic health, lifestyle and business practices.  We respect all people and the environment in which we all live.

How do you define holistic?

How do you define holistic? Do you consider yourself holistic... in your approach to health, lifestyle and even business? We believe that everyone starts wherever they are and then moves along the spectrum to more sustainable ways of health, living and doing business. Still, there are key items to consider.

  • Do you take a balanced approach to making decisions, considering both long-term consequences and short-term results?
  • Do you evaluate the personal impact of your actions as well as the impact on others?

Many of our members’ focus on choices that are:

  • Organic & natural
  • Green & sustainable
  • Complementary & Integrative
  • Alternative

What is the vision for the Holistic Chamber of Commerce?

Our vision is for healthier people on a healthier planet!

What is the mission of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce?

We have a two-fold mission:

  • To connect more people with holistic solutions for solving today's challenges, and;
  • To connect holistic professionals, practitioners, and businesses with better business-building solutions.

We do this by:

  • Educating the public and promoting holistic solutions, especially our Professional Members;
  • Representing holistic professionals, practitioners, and businesses who stand for excellence and integrity through their membership and by submitting references (which we check);
  • Offering support to Professional Members who choose to start a local HCC through our Chapter President program.

Do these products, services and solutions always work?

Does penicillin always work? No. The reality is that every individual is different and will respond differently.

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce stands for excellence among holistic, complementary, alternative, and sustainable professionals and practitioners. All Professional and Business Members of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce have submitted references, which The Holistic Chamber of Commerce has checked. Membership in The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is not a specific endorsement of any particular member, medication or modality, only that there have been satisfactory reference checks. The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace professional medical advice.

Who are the leaders of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce?

Camille Leon is the Founder and CEO of this expanding international organization. A winner of a 2011 and 2014 Women’s International Day Outstanding Service Award from Women’s Information Network (WIN), she is also a speaker, coach, consultant and published author.

In the past, she has worked with international, national, regional and community organizations including Women in Film, the League of Women Voters, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the San Clemente Ocean Festival, Friends Peace Teams, YWCA and others.

She believes in health and wellness through better choices for eating, exercise and our environment. Because so many aspects of our lives are impacted by our daily decisions, an increasing variety of industries are represented by the Holistic Chamber of Commerce.

Membership

How do I join The Holistic Chamber of Commerce?

You can join by completing our online application here. You can learn more about membership here.

Why do you ask for references?

In order to raise the reputation of what it means to be holistic and to make solid referrals to people who may be trying new products or services, we review references to ensure a high quality of professionalism and service.

How long does it take to get approved for membership?

The length of time it takes to get approved greatly depends on the response time of your references. Your references receive an email when you submit your application. If they reply quickly, your membership will be approved quickly. If they haven’t replied to that email within a few days, they will get a phone call. If our Reference Reviewer can’t reach one of your references, she will then get in touch with you to figure out how to move forward. Some of our members have been approved in as little as 2 - 3 days. Others take a few weeks. It is helpful to contact your references and remind them to reply to the reference email or call our office.

How much does membership cost?

Membership is $177/year for Professionals and $377/year for Businesses, with a one-time $35 processing fee due at sign-up for both. For more information please visit our membership info page.

There is also an option for a monthly recurring membership:

  • Professionals pay $16/month, plus one-time $35 processing fee — $51 due at sign up.
  • Businesses pay $37/month, plus one-time $35 processing fee — $72 due at sign up.

Grandfather Policy: Joining now will keep your annual rates at your original price for as long as you maintain membership. If you cancel or allow your membership to lapse, you will have to rejoin or renew at the current annual rate.

What is a Basic Directory Listing?

A Basic Directory Listing includes one primary website link, links to your Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter profiles (if you have them), description, keywords (240-character max length), hours of operation, driving directions, map, one logo/photo, and a search results icon/photo.

What is an Enhanced Directory Listing?

An Enhanced Directory Listing includes a YouTube video, 5 additional website links, photo gallery and unlimited keywords, as well as everything included in a basic directly listing.

How do I renew my membership?

The best way to make your renewal payment is by logging into your HCC account. Once logged in, you should see a box that says Account Balance with a green ‘Pay’ button on the right side. (*You will not see this green ‘Pay’ button if it is not currently your renewal month). Or you can go to Settings, then Billing. 

You can also call our office at (310) 490-6862 to set up automatic renewals or make your payment over the phone.

Is my membership tax-deductible?

Membership in the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is tax-deductible as a business expense.

Events Calendar

Who can post events on the calendar?

You must be an HCC member to add your event(s) to our online calendar.

To learn more about membership, please click here.

How do I add an event?

You must be a member to add an event to the HCC event calendar. And the member must be involved or affiliated with the event they are adding.

To add an event to the HCC event calendar, login to your HCC account. Select Events (toward the top middle of the page, above the Welcome Message), then select Add Event (blue box toward the right).

Why is my event not showing up right away?

All events must be approved by headquarters before they are added to the events calendar. Events are usually approved within 24 - 48 hours. Please keep that in mind when submitting events.

How do I edit my submitted event?

You can edit your event(s) by logging into your HCC account. Select Events (toward the top middle of the page, above the Welcome Message), then select Manage Events (blue box toward the right). Select the event you need to edit, make your changes and Submit for Approval.

Chapters & Local Meetings

How do I start a local Holistic Chamber of Commerce chapter in my community?

We have developed guidelines and a consulting package to support you in starting your own local Associated HCC chapter and to provide you with tools and techniques for building long-term success.

Our Association of HCC Chapters allows you to benefit from our ever-increasing network and publicity efforts. We offer a revenue-sharing structure that saves you time and effort while providing you with the infrastructure so that you can create a community.

To get started, sign up for your own membership and e-mail Chapters@HolisticChamberofCommerce.com. Be sure to include your state/province and city. We will send you a brief info sheet and start the process to see if chapter leadership is a good fit for you. Then, when you are ready, we will take the next steps together!

Can I speak or hold a workshop at a chapter meeting?

Speaking opportunities are reserved for members only. If you are an HCC member and would like to speak at a local chapter, please contact the chapter president directly. Chapter contact information can be found here.

Updating Your Member Profile/Directory Listing

How do I login to my HCC account?

To login to your HCC account:

Go to holisticchamberofcommerce.com and click on the Member Log-In tab on the top menu bar. Enter the username and password you created when you submitted your application.

You can reset your username and password by clicking the “Forgot your username/password?” link on the login page.

Why can’t I login to my membership account?

Please check to make sure there are no typos when you are inputting your username and password.

You can reset your username and password by clicking the “Forgot your username/password?” link on the login page.

How do I update the information on my directory listing?

Login to your HCC account, find Account Settings in the top right corner and select Company Information. On the left-hand column, find Website Information to make changes to the information that appears on your public directory listing.

How do I add/change the logo/photo that appears on my directory listing?

Login to your HCC account and find Account Settings in the top right corner and then select Company Information. On the left-hand column select Logos to change your member logo and search results icon (*Note - Member page header will not display on our site). Member logo will appear on your directory listing. Search results icon is a small image that will appear on the search list next to your search results summary.

*The Photo page (under Personal Information), doesn’t display on your directory listing. This photo will only display in the Members Only Area.

How to create a photo gallery (Enhanced feature)?

Login to your HCC account and find Account Settings (top right corner), select Company Information. On the left-hand column select Photos.

How to upload a video (Enhanced feature)?

Login to your HCC account and find Account Settings in the top right corner and then select Company Information. On the left-hand column select Videos.

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce stands for excellence among holistic, complementary, alternative, and sustainable professionals, practitioners and businesses.  All Professional Members of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce have submitted references, which The Holistic Chamber of Commerce has checked.  Membership in The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is not a specific endorsement of any particular member, product, service, medication or modality, only that there have been satisfactory reference checks.  The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace professional medical advice.