The Ceres Chamber of Commerce was founded on 25 November 1936 by a group of local businessmen who needed to organize uniform trading hours and act as a united voice in their dealings with the Ceres Municipality.

The Ceres Chamber of Commerce was affiliated to The Association of Chambers of Commerce of South Africa and formed part of the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce. Cape Town Chamber was the main Chamber and included other Chambers such as Bellville, Paarl, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Worcester and Ceres.



Ceres Business Initiative (CBI) endeavours to stimulate the Ceres Business community in an unselfish, honest and inclusive way by constructing long-term relationships based on trust and through innovative initiatives.


To grow the economy within the Ceres area.


  • Mutual trust is created when relationships are built on honesty and sincerity
  • Constructive conversations must be conducted with a positive and supportive attitude
  • Harmony and respect is established whenever the sharing of skills are required
  • Ensure that we remain sustainable over the long term and practice a transparent and environmental friendly approach


Building bridges between the Municipality and the business community is essential in addressing challenges

CBI to unanimously consult with the Municipality regarding service delivery at reasonable prices

Accomplish economic growth, create opportunities for entrepreneurs and establish an effective communication system

Ensure that the town is clean and safe so that tourists, businesses and the community can enjoy and utilise all facilities