The Chamber began the Area Council Program in 1987. The purpose of the Area Councils was to expand the programs of the Chamber to the outlying areas of the county, including all the small municipalities and unincorporated areas. This also allows these outlying areas to feel that they are a part of the Chamber and can receive the same benefits as those businesses that are located in the immediate area of the City of Spartanburg. Any business belonging to the Chamber is automatically a member of the area council it is located in, and there are no area council dues.
The Area Council Program includes the following areas:
- The Woodruff Area Council includes all Chamber member businesses in School District 4.
- The Middle Tyger Area Council includes all Chamber member businesses in School District 5.
- The Foothills Area Council includes all Chamber member businesses in School District 1.
- The East Spartanburg Leadership Council includes all Chamber member businesses in the School District 3.
- The Spartanburg 2 Community Leadership Council includes all Chamber members businesses in the School District 2.
Each Council provides a common voice in promoting the economic well-being of the business, professional and industrial community of the respective areas, provides a voice to advance the agricultural, civic, industrial, commercial, professional, and general welfare of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, formulates and executes group activities to improve business and civic conditions in the area, urges owners and occupants of property in the area to improve and maintain their premises, sets up and administers committees to carry out the activities of the Council, and to coordinate all activities of the Council within the overall program and policies of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Active involvement in an Area Council consists of individuals representing businesses who are members of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and those who express an interest to be a member of the respective Council.