Making Your Chamber Membership Work for You
Being a member in your local Chamber of Commerce has long been a way of networking with other business professions, providing exposure for your business and a means of support for your business. The Chamber provides many outlets but the business gets to play a part in what they get back from their memberships.
Have a voice. The Wilber Area Chamber of Commerce meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Wilber Cultural Center. Every current member is welcome to come to these meetings. This is your chance to share ideas on how the Chamber could better serve our members or to tell us that you want a current event or initiative to continue. Maybe you have an idea for a new event or initiative. This is your time to share. Meetings also give you a chance to meet other business members and share ideas.
Join a committee. There are many committees within the Chamber. Being on a committee not only gives your business further exposure but also, you, as a business professional. Being on one of these committees allows you to be a decision maker in these processes. A few of the committees currently in place are, Budget & Finance Committee, By-Laws Committee, Economic Development Committee and Events Committee. This is only a handful of the important committees in which your voice can be heard.
Sponsor events. Being a sponsor of an event is a great way to get your name and your businesses name out in the community. With social media, your exposure is far greater than in years past. Sponsoring events will also promote word of mouth. The more people see your name and your businesses name the more they will spread the word. You do not have to ‘break the bank’ to sponsor an event. Sometimes all it takes is a small gift certificate or token to get people to come and visit your place of business or try your services to see what they have to offer.
Attend as many Chamber events as you can. This is another great way to get your name and face out and about in the community. People will see that you support the events and in turn will support your business. This is another great way to connect with other business professionals in the Wilber Area. It also gives you a chance to mingle with your potential customers and guests.
Sign up other members to the Chamber. Tell your friends; talk with other business owners that you know. Support the Chamber by letting people know the things that we are doing.
The 2018 membership drive is underway. If you or your business are interested in joining or just have questions for the Chamber, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.