FAQs

Exactly what is The silicon valley organization?
We are an organization that represents the Silicon Valley region's businesses. Our staff works on behalf of our membership to further the interests of business, improve the economy and the quality of life. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for The SVO. The board or council then hires a president/CEO, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization.

How old is The SVO?
The silicon valley organization was founded as the San Jose Board of Trade in 1886. The organization later became the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, and in the late 1980s, the name Silicon Valley was added to recognize the chamber's location among the world's leading high-tech sector companies. See the evolution of the name here.

Is The SVO part of local government?
The SVO is nongovernmental organization of dues-paying members. The SVO is also funded by programs, events and activities. Local governmental agencies can be members, however, and participate in SVO activities.

How is The SVO operated?
A board of 70 directors sets the policies of The SVO and oversees its operations, led by an executive committee. A mighty staff of 15 carries out The SVO's day-to-day operations.

Exactly what does The SVO do?
The SVO's mission is to create a strong local economy, provide premier business connections and visibility, represent the interests of business to government, promote the community and initiate political and community action.

How many members belong to The SVO?
Current membership stands at nearly 1,400—making The SVO one of the largest chamber organizations in Northern California. Its member businesses represent more than 300,000 employees in the Silicon Valley.

How do I stay on top of The SVO activities and news?
We have a robust 'News' section here that you can bookmark and follow. You can also subscribe to our weekly eNews for SVO and member news and our weekly eEvents for upcoming SVO and member events.

How do I become a member?
That's easy! Click here for additional information. The SVO welcomes all sectors and sizes of business: from large multi-national companies to small home-based operations.

How much more business can I expect to get from belonging to The SVO?
That depends on how much time and energy you invest. Your membership is like your Internet provider: You have to use it to benefit. That means attending SVO events (many are free), engaging in networking while there. You can join a policy working group and work on the region's important economic issues. You can advertise with The SVO. Buy a table at one of our big annual events like Annual Member Celebration and host your best clients and top prospects. All of these activities and more will connect you with the region's top business people while you are tackling important issues or enjoying an evening of networking. SVO membership is a win-win for everyone.