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Atheist Chamber of Commerce? Your Questions Answered!


Several days ago, we announced the new International Atheist Chamber of Commerce (IACOC).


As we slowly open it up to you, the atheist business owner, we want to answer some of the questions we know you have.

  • Why do we need IACOC?

  • Isn't this just a list that people can use to discriminate against businesses and freelancers?

  • How will this directory help atheist business owners?

  • Are we promoting the idea that atheists should be doing business only with other atheists?

  • What benefits will there be for atheist business owners in the future?

  • How can I stay up to date with the IACOC?

  • How can I support IACOC?

  • How much will membership in the IACOC directory cost?

Why do we need IACOC?

There have been several stories in the news recently where religious differences have caused issues for business owners, for instance, the Christian cake shop that had legal issues because they refused to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding, or the business that clearly advertised that only Christians need apply for a job.


Religious differences can have an effect on your income stream and we are looking to balance good business practices with a more open outlook regarding with whom you can deal and what to expect when you do.


We are firmly of the belief that religion should have no place in commerce, but also understand that it does have a place and we simply wish to provide our members with the opportunity to do business in an arena free of religious dogma.


Isn't this just a list that people can use to discriminate against businesses and freelancers?

There are LGBTQ chambers of commerce, as well as Islamic and Christian chambers of commerce all over the world. These sorts of lists can, of course, be used to discriminate against the businesses listed within.


Our list is going to be for members only, however, to ensure some level of security. Only those who join can see the list of businesses and the contact information. We haven't eliminated all risks, of course. But we hope that standing up for our right as human beings to do business without discrimination far outweighs the risk of a few bigots refusing to do business with you. We don't make progress without taking a few risks.


How will this directory help atheist business owners?

The aim of the IACOC is to be a support network available to any atheist business owner, who due to their religious position, may be having difficulties making trading relationships or sourcing suppliers. This is an opportunity to be able to network with like-minded people without fear that religious views will affect their business adversely.


Are we promoting the idea that atheists should be doing business only with other atheists?

Absolutely not! We fully support businesses being able to trade with whoever they wish. In fact, we welcome any atheist-friendly business to join our chamber and benefit from the networking opportunities. It doesn't matter to us what you believe so long as you see us as equal in business. We do wish to see atheist business owners and managers play on a completely level playing field.


What benefits will there be for atheist business owners in the future?

Hopefully, members will be able to forge long-lasting partnerships and develop trade links all around the world secure in the knowledge that religious dogma will not interfere. On top of that, we will be introducing online professional development workshops and, of course, when it is safe to do so, we will hold networking events.


How can I stay up to date with the IACOC?

Stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter. Click here.


How can I support IACOC?

Right now, we're busy building our web page for IACOC. You can support our efforts by donating here. You can also simply follow us on Twitter and comment and/or RT tweets concerning IACOC. We also have Instagram and FaceBook accounts as well, both of which you can also follow, comment and share.


How much will membership in the IACOC directory cost?

$5 per year regular listing, featured is $20 per month.


Have a question about the IACOC? Contact us.


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