Getting the Most from Your Chamber of Commerce
Want to know an easy, affordable way to grow your business? I will share this secret with you: Join your local chamber of commerce. Indeed, chambers of commerce can be one of the best friends your small business can have.
Think about it: The whole purpose behind a Chamber of Commerce is to help small businesses succeed. Indeed, over 85% of U.S. Chamber members are small business owners. And what kind of business are you involved in? Right, a small business. So, your local Chamber is a place committed to your success.
At your local Chamber, will find a host of programs and resources intended to make your life easier and your business more profitable. And considering that most small businesses are out there all alone, having a network of like-minded entrepreneurs on your side can really be nice.
- Programming: Most of the programming done by Chambers is intended to help our members grow their businesses. We provide speakers, educational seminars, informational newsletters, spotlight successful members, facilitate supply demographic materials, sponsor business expos, and a variety of other programs.
- Networking: One issue many small business owners have is that they are out there on their own. Joining the Chamber will change this in two significant ways.
First, you will be mixing with a host of small business owners who, like you, are juggling payroll, taxes, the economy and home life. These will be people to share ideas with that can be applied to your business.
Second, the regular mixers offer you a chance to meet and do business with your fellow Chamber members.
- Lobbying: Per the United States Chamber of Commerce, “We’re the loud voice you need to be heard in the political arena, to represent the important issues that affect small businesses. With your input, we can make a difference and provide tangible results.”
- Discounts: Chambers offer their members discounts and deals on everything from health insurance to computers to education, and on.
So yes, joining a chamber of commerce is usually a very good idea.
RE/MAX Champions of Trinity, Florida