1. Support Has your business idea grinded to a halt? Do you need to know where to go and who to contact to get started? Do you need real and useful connections with entrepreneurs and businesses? Do you need guidance? We pride ourselves on creating fresh and up-to-date documentation to guide you through almost any situation, whether it be writing a business plan, advertising or even finding a graphic designer. USYCC offers educational programs to build your entrepreneur skills! 2. Networking Do you need to find a reliable designer? Do you need to find your next opportunity? Being linked in to an entire network of enthusiastic and professional young people can prove extremely useful. We offer chances to network with young people and businesses in your area to maximize your business potential. 3. Events We will design and plan special events across the US, alongside the events already running within schools. Joining the US Youth Chamber of Commerce will grant you access to these special events which could prove a useful tool. 4. Political Engagement Getting involved in your community and the way things are run can have a really positive effect on you and the people around you. Political awareness can help your understanding of certain issues and offer enrichment on a personal level Below is a quick outline of some of the many benefits you will get with you membership to U.S. Youth chamber of Commerce. USYCC has partnered with companies to provide product discounts, shopping discounts, and other benefits. Student Advantage Discount Card (Individual & Company Membership Only) Student Advantage offers exclusive student deals on flights, academic software, fashion, mobile phone contracts and more. – Students save up to 50% at thousands of locations. – Discount travel deals on airfare, rail fares and bus tickets – Entertainment discounts on MP3s, DVDs, books and movie tickets – Discount fashion including clothing, footwear and accessories Other Membership Benefits -Member Referral Service -Membership Plaque, Chamber logo for your website -Monthly e mail blasts to our 16,000 plus database -Listings in the Certified Business Directory -Networking & Educational Forums -International & National Contacts -Advocacy & Representation -Free Prescription Discount Drug Card -Recognition as reputable & community minded business! -Tax deductible as a reasonable & necessary business expense Membership with the National Youth Right Association The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) defends the civil and human rights of young people in the United States through educating people about youth rights, empowering young people to work on their own behalf in defense of their rights, and taking positive steps to lessen the burden of ageism. Other Benefits – Membership Awards Members and chapters have the opportunity to compete and win awards on the local, state, and national levels. – Membership Recruitment Tools It is not who you know, it is who knows you! By becoming an active member of USYCC, you will make connections to the business world and form networks that will last a lifetime! Necessary Business Expenses First, the IRS requires us to tell our members your annual dues check is not a contribution. Rather, it should be treated as a necessary business expense (just like electricity, snow plowing or office supplies) when you report the expenditure on your annual tax return. Officially, that’s according to IRS Code 501 (c) 6. Although the IRS requires some local Chambers to reduce the amount which may be deducted because of qualifying lobbying expenses, we fall outside those guidelines; thus, 100% of your dues may be treated as business expenses.