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Why join the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce?
Joining the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce may just be one of the best moves that you can make for your business! Our chamber offers many benefits, many of which are unknown to business owners. How can your chamber of commerce help your business?
Being a Chamber Member brings added credibility to your business. Many customers and visitors look to the Chamber of Commerce as a source for finding reliable businesses they can trust. By identifying yourself with the area's leading business organization, you will reach more customers, resulting in greater success.
The Blackstone Chamber of Commerce serves the function of offering business referrals to people who are new to the city or town. If you are a member of the chamber, you will get new business referrals when someone calls the chamber asking where they can get the product or service that you provide.
Let your chamber help you advertise and promote your business to the town and surrounding communities. The Blackstone Chamber has a highly visible website and provides a business directory of all members (you must keep the information up-to-date with the chamber) to prospective customers and to other businesses. The chamber provides a quarterly member newsletter that provides invaluable and the most up-to-date information to its members.
The Blackstone Chamber of Commerce realizes that its members come first and the promotion of your businesses is an everyday mission. We strive to be your best advocate where your business is concerned. We are always looking for comments/concerns/advice on how YOUR chamber can better serve you and how we can be a better advocate for you and your business. We welcome your comments, email@example.com Our door is always open to our members…drop by and visit us!
People like to do business with people that they know and can trust. If you attend chamber events, you will get to know a variety of people. When you need a service, use one of your chamber colleague’s services, and chances are, they won’t forget. Even if they don’t personally need your service, they may refer you to their friends, family and acquaintances. Another service that chamber’s provide is a directory. This directory is usually available to the public, and is also available to other commerce members.
Most chambers of commerce have well-maintained websites, as the chamber should represent a town, and drive new business to it. We are no exception. We will allow you to link your contact information
and website, which can be a valuable link, given that chamber websites get many more hits than those of the average business owner. Some chambers of commerce also have regular networking events, some of which are industry-specific. What better way to get to know your fellow colleagues? Join the Blackstone Chamber at one of their networking luncheons on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Check the website, under Chamber Calendar for place and time.
Your chamber of commerce may offer networking events to include small business management workshops, marketing workshops and motivational seminars. These workshops can be offered for free or a nominal fee. This is a way for you to continue to get professional development while making contacts who can help your business grow. You can learn more about your business, as there may be workshops covering specific issues that it faces, and you will have the opportunity to meet potential mentors.
Your local chamber of commerce may offer you the opportunity to participate in round table discussions on topics of importance to the community, as well as provide updated information about legislation that affects the community. It is also a way to find out which positions are available on governing boards of city organizations, if you would like to volunteer to help your community while at the same time building political connections that could benefit your business. You may find that you will be more educated about your city’s driving political issues than ever before.
The chamber itself also offers leadership opportunities, which can be advantageous to your position in the community, which will certainly affect your business for the better. Chambers often offer nominations and awards for the best small businesses, and a variety of other business categories. Even being nominated for one of these awards can make great press for your business. Besides, going to the galas is fun, and you get to meet even more people!
The chamber of commerce wants to make your community a better place to live and to do business, so that economic growth will take place, affecting the entire community for the better. A good way for the chamber to accomplish this goal is to offer volunteer opportunities, both within the chamber and outside of it. Within the chamber, you will have many opportunities to serve on various committees. You are certain to find one of interest to you. Demonstrate that your business is only about the bottom line, but also community improvement for all. This will give your business a positive image in your community.
Overall, an investment in joining your chamber of commerce is a wise one. Dues are payable per year and dues are based upon the number of employees a business employees, and when you consider the amount of extra business that you are certain to get, this amounts to a very small investment with a very large return. Of course, to fully benefit from your chamber membership, you must attend the events and get involved! Chances are, you will find that your membership with your local chamber is a personally enriching experience, as well as a good boost for your business. Individual Memberships, discount Student Memberships and discount Senior Citizen Memberships are available for persons who want to become involved in the Chamber, but do not have a business.
Contact the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce Office, at 434-292-1677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on becoming a chamber member. This membership could be the first step to making your business more viable for you and visible to Blackstone and beyond.
Our Mission Statement: In its pursuit of excellence, the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports existing businesses, and encourages development of new businesses by being the resource of choice to the community. The Chamber fosters a cohesive and progressive business environment.