Benefits of Chamber Membership
CHAMBER 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. A national study by The Schapiro Group, a market research firm based out of Atlanta, indicates the impact of local Chamber membership on small businesses is very powerful. If a consumer knows a small business is a member of its local Chamber, the business enjoys a 44 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 51 percent increase in consumer awareness, a 57 percent increase in its local reputation and a 63 percent increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.
CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP ... increases your visibility in the community.
As a new member of the Chamber of Commerce, we’ll help you celebrate with a complimentary ribbon cutting. Your business will be listed in the Chamber’s membership directory magazine and our online membership directory. In addition to these listings, your business will be included in the Chamber newsletter, on our Facebook page and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other Chamber publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with the Chamber and sponsoring events.
CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP ... creates networking opportunities.
Chamber members have many opportunities through networking events to build strong business relationships, earn referrals from other Chamber Members, and improve their visibility in the business 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. 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— and generate new business leads. Additionally, the Chamber has numerous committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development.
CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP ... engages you in the future of the community.
Chamber Members have many opportunities to make an impact and lead the change for the future of the community. Together we create actions and initiatives that are aimed at promoting business and economic development for the benefit of our community. Chamber members can serve on committees focusing on education, workforce development, economic development, and civic and governmental affairs.
CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP ... helps you gain a voice in government.
The Chamber takes on the tough issues and helps educate our members on policies affecting small business. Chamber membership allows businesses to have a common voice on issues affecting business in Athens and Limestone County and helps create a business-friendly community. Chamber members band together to have a common voice on these issues and as the voice of the business community, the Chamber can accomplish collectively what no single business can do alone.