Why join the chamber?
Joining your area's Chamber of Commerce can be a smart move for your business. Because businesses that participate in this group promote each other and work together, your own business can grow and prosper quickly. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should join your local chamber of commerce.
Gain a voice in government
The local chamber works with the local government. Stay informed of new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.
Increase your visibility in the community
As a new member of the chamber, you may be listed in the chamber newsletter, e-newsletter, on Facebook and can have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with the chamber and sponsoring events.
Membership brings credibility to your business
You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you’re identified as a member of a chamber of commerce. If you make it known that your product or service makes great client or employee gifts, you could wind up with a very nice flow of business from your fellow members.
Promotion and publicity
With a chamber membership, you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity.
Create networking opportunities
Chambers have numerous committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development. You can build your business while promoting developments of keen interest to local businesses and the community at large.
Chamber events and programs
Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. Chamber events are innovative and fun ways to help members meet potential customers, clients and vendors.
Make business contacts
The chamber’s fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through most other local organizations.
Access to members-only discounts and services
Use various discount programs help save money. These differ from chamber to chamber. For example, a member-to member discount program where a chamber member will receive $10 off any phone or accessory purchased from the other local business which is a member of the chamber.
Acquire customer referrals
Every day, your local chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber members.
Receive chamber chat newsletters
Newsletters provide new member information, interesting information about operating a local business, articles about the local community, a community calendar and details about up-and-coming chamber events, among other things. But don't send more then 2-4 letters a week, it could be annoying.
If you still don’t think you have time to join and participate in your local chamber of commerce, consider the following:
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES: Meet & Greets and Lunch & Learns are the premier networking events for the Byron Chamber. The five scheduled Meet & Greets are opportunities for Chamber members and their employees to network with other members while learning a bit more about the monthly host.
COMMITTEES: Work effectively with other Chamber volunteers on special committees and other task forces.
SPECIAL EVENTS & COMMUNITY FESTIVALS: Throughout the year the Chamber participates in and hosts several events such as the Community Showcase, Stars and Stripes, Halloween Party and Brrr Fest. - providing membership opportunities to get involved and help create awareness for our local businesses.
MEMBER RECEPTIONS/GRAND OPENINGS: The Chamber promotes its membership with requests for receptions, grand openings and ribbon cuttings.
BYRON WELCOME BOOK: The Chamber will print a yearly membership directory as a relocation guide which has previously been sent out to hundreds of potential residents every year. The City also uses this as a marketing resource tool to provide to prospective businesses who are looking to relocated or establish a new business in Byron.
WEBSITE: Our website offers information to the public and even more information to a member. The public will be able to access information from our homepage, about us, events, news, new member application, member directory and helpful City links.