Why Should I Join My Chamber of Commerce?
New businesses are starting all of the time. It’s easy to get exposure on social media and not that hard to launch your own website. So the question is, why should you join the Centerville Chamber of Commerce or any local chamber? Will the cost be worth it?
Granted, we’re a bit biased. First, let’s talk about what a chamber is.
What is the Chamber of Commerce?
The idea of a Chamber of Commerce or league or board of trade isn’t an American Idea. According to Wikipedia, the oldest dates back to France in 1599. In the course of history, local businesses have found it necessary to join together to influence legislation and advocate for themselves in the face of local and state governments.
In the United States, the largest business group is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Their mission is clear: help businesses succeed. You can even follow them on Twitter for helpful advice and reminders.
“Businesses need the right regulatory environment, trade agenda, legal system, workforce policies, and rules for the modern economy in order to drive the growth that will lift our country and help our people. Our job is to help them get it.” U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Networking Events are Gold
Once you start your business, you’ll soon find out that it can be a bit of a struggle. Sure, you know your trade and the actual work. You may find yourself challenged with the local workforce or zoning codes. What strategies work in California don’t work in Iowa, and those don’t work in Texas. Understanding the history of your area from a business standpoint will help you make connections that inform your own business tactics.
“Meet and greets, networking lunches, and mixers for company employees enable individuals to develop mutually beneficial marketing strategies and foster the discussion of business strategy.” Online MBA
The Membership Directory is The Place to Be
When you’re looking for a product or service, where else would you look but within your own Chamber of Commerce? This is the power of belonging, community building, and the membership directory. Instead of paying to be in the Who’s Who book of this or that, actually be part of your local business community.
“If a consumer knows a business is part of its local Chamber of Commerce, the business will have a 63% increase in the likelihood that the consumer will shop with them.” Quality Logo Products
Are You Ready to Join Our Chamber?
We’d love to talk more specifically about our events, sponsorships, and the advantages of being part of your local Chamber of Commerce.