Have you recently joined the chamber? New chamber membership brings a lot of benefits, but also a lot of questions. We’re here to help!
Keep reading if you’re overwhelmed by the number of benefits. Find out how you go about exploring the components of chamber membership that are most beneficial to you and your business. And learn what to do if there are things you could benefit from that you know nothing about.
Or maybe you’re wondering when you’re going to see your first new customer. Any minute, right?
If you’re a brand new chamber member, there are a few things you should know about maximizing your membership benefits.
Sometimes you’ll hear that new chamber membership is similar to a gym membership, you need to use it to gain the benefits.
That’s not exactly true.
Regardless of whether you attend a single chamber event, the chamber is still tirelessly advocating for you and your business on a legislative side, ensuring that the voice of business is heard in city council, at the state senate, and on the federal level.
Even if you never attend a single networking breakfast, the chamber is likely still referring inquiries about your industry or product to you. Community members and travelers often seek suggestions from the chamber on businesses in town.
Even if you never attend a ribbon cutting, the chamber is there to help you get back on your feet in times of natural disasters and other times of difficulty. It’s not part of a membership benefit. It’s just something they do because there’s a need and they are uniquely connected to business and government. The hardworking chamber staff and board are often there to help in those critical times because they’re a part of the community too.
So, you see you needn’t do anything to partake in the benefits of chamber membership. But if you do, the return on investment for your business will be much richer.