G.I.D.C. Industrial sEstate was established at Makarpura, Vadodara City in the mid 1960s.  This gave rise to a number of small industries. Being small and new, these industries were facing numerous challenges. There was an urgent need to set up an industry body to collectively represent the interests of these new and budding entrepreneurs before the various authorities. Thus was born “Makarpura Industrial Estate Association” in the year 1969. Initially the office was in the Building of Vadodara Municipal Corporation. As the saying goes “UNITY ISSTRENGTH”, and the Association’s membership stood at 100 members. In 1976, the name was changed to “MAKARPURA INDUSTRIAL AREA ASSOCIATION” and few constitutional amendments were made to include Industrial Units situated outside Makarpura Industrial Estate.


As the Association became more and more popular among trade and industrial circles, other industries in and around the city also started taking keen interest in the activities, and it was again necessary to bring in some changes. In 1981, the name was changed to “VADODARA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY”. Few changes had also been made in the constitution with an objective to spread the wings of VCCI at District Level.


Low key operations, emphasis on problem solving at the micro level as well as at macro level and services to the members and the community was and continues to be the PRIME Motto of VCCI. Collective representations necessitated meeting of members, developing mutual relations for business and social aims. More entrepreneurs were interested in joining and the membership has since grown at a steady pace.

Vision
To project an appropriate and progressive image of trade and industries.
To promote development and co-ordinate multi-faceted growth of trade and industries.
Help promote R&D activities, standardization, quality control and testing facilities.
Help conserve energy, scare materials and natural resources and protect the environment.
To co-ordinate with Central – State – Local Government and Semi government Authorities.
To provide most effective contribution to the cause of Small, Medium and Large Scale Industries, both economically and socially.
Undertake and assist in man-power development programmes.
To achieve social harmony and peace amongst entrepreneurs, workers and employees with collective prosperity through partnership of trust.
To participate in policy formulation process and support efforts of Government of Gujarat to ensure that Gujarat maintains its position as the top model Industrial State.
To attain and sustain high levels of Health, Hygiene, Living Standards and Environmental conditions for people of this estate.

To fulfill its social responsibilities in all ways and means.
Representation
Nominees of VCCI represent the Chamber on various District, State and Central Government Advisory/ Consultative Committees viz.,
Gujarat Electricity Board
Gujarat State Sales Tax Advisory Committee
Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) Amenity Advisory committee
State level industrial Advisory committee
Employees’ State Insurance Corporation – Local Advisory committee
Electronic Testing & Development committee (Electronic Division – Central Govt.)
District supply Advisory committee
District Manpower Planning & Employment Generation committee
Central Excise local Advisory Committee
Provident Fund
Post and Telegraphs & Telecom Department
Regional committee – GIDC
Vadodara District Industries Committee
Affilition
Chamber is having membership in various key associations namely,
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI)
Federation of Industries Associations (FIA)
Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI)
FORUM of Federations, Chambers and Associations of industries of Gujarat.
Gujarat State Small Industries Federation
Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India

 VCCI enjoys confidence and co-operation of more than 20 Associations located in and around Vadodara City, as well as neighboring districts e.g.


Nandesari Industrial Association
Waghodia Industrial Association
Savli Industrial Association
Halol Industrial Association
Por-Ramangamdi Industrial Association
Ankleshwar Industries Associations
Federation of Panchmahal District
Pratapnagar Industries Association
Gorwa Industrial Association
Dabhoi Small Industries Association etc.

Regular meetings and interactions are organised by VCCI to deliberate on important issues, which concern SSI’s survival and growth.