MCCIA is one of the few Chambers of Commerce in India established before independence at a time when industrial activity was yet to take off. MCCIA has been playing a significant role in accelerating the industrial and economic development of Pune region and Maharashtra State for more than eight decades now. It is a Chamber of the Entrepreneurs and by the Entrepreneurs. It has been responsive to the ever-changing needs of the Entrepreneurs. It is one of the most active chambers of Commerce in India and has been instrumental in promoting number of institutions in Pune. MCCIA continuously strives to promote Pune as a premier investment destination as well as a major global source of quality products and services. MCCIA embodies Pune’s entrepreneurial spirit. It has been giving strategic suggestions and advocating Industrial Policies. MCCIA has been instrumental in setting up and bringing to Pune several institutions important for business. It has also played a leading role in ensuring the presence of critical Government offices in Pune.
It is this foresight and unstinted commitment to Pune's industrial growth and solutions-oriented approach that has been the hallmark of MCCIA through its 86 years of existence. MCCIA's genesis lay in the recognition that Maharashtra's progress depended on the growth of business and industry by visionaries like A.R. Bhat, W.G. Kale, Dhananjayrao Gadgil, N.C. Kelkar, J.S. Karandikar, Dhondumama Sathe, Rambhau Abyankar, Shreedharpant Apte, B.V. Gharpure. This group of remarkable individuals came together and established Mahratta Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) on 16th March 1934. The driving spirit of this initiative was Late Shri A.R. Bhat, propelled by the desire to see many more Marathi people take up entrepreneurship. Mr. Bhat was a journalist and an economist. He was also the General Manager of the famous Marathi newspaper 'Kesari'. Hence, the first office of the MCCI was established in the 'Kesari' premises.
In 1947 the Chamber moved to its own premises on Tilak Road, Pune. In 1998 agricultural activities were also included in the scope of the Chamber's activities and MCCI became MCCIA. In July 2006 most of the offices shifted to the modern office at the MCCIA Trade Tower, S. L. Kirloskar International Convention Centre on Senapati Bapat Road, Pune.
The Chamber renders services to the industry through various committees and specialised functional areas steered by reputed experts, entrepreneurs and professionals. They undertake strategic planning, represent to the Government about Policies, Regulatory Framework as well as New Initiatives. They also plan for capacity building initiatives of the business community.