How to Maximize Your Chamber Membership
1. Identify what you hope to gain from your membership
Whether you’re looking to build relationships with peers and potential customers, develop professionally through educational workshops and programs, raise your profile as a community leader, or utilize discounts that drive dollars to your bottom-line, the Chamber is the place for you and your employees to get connected. The Chamber staff and volunteers are here to help shape your membership into something specifically designed for you and your business.
2. Include your entire staff in your membership
Your membership includes your entire staff, and the more they are involved, the more your membership will blossom. The Chamber offers a variety of events and programs that will benefit individuals in all types of positions within your organization. Visit our events page for a complete list of Chamber events and programs.
3. Connect with fellow members
Make meaningful connections with your business peers and prospects through member events, professional development roundtables and business celebrations. Extend your networking opportunities by joining the Chamber’s online communities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Interact with our social media pages by liking, commenting and sharing posts.
4. Get involved
There are many ways to get involved with your local chamber that will help maximize the ROI of your membership:
- Attending events is likely the best way to get involved with your local chamber. You get to know the other like-minded business leaders in the Chamber as well as a chance to interact with the Chamber staff. The Anderson Area Chamber has several monthly networking events that are very beneficial, highlighted by the monthly membership meetings, which are takes place the first Thursday of each month.
- Volunteer on a committee or at an event. Show that your business is active in the community and giving back.
- Sponsor an event or have a business booth.
5. Use online membership directory and do business with Chamber members
The online directory contains a list of chamber members with main contact information. These companies share your interest in making our community thrive and we encourage you to take a look at their businesses when making purchasing decisions.
6. Make your membership pay for itself
The Anderson Area Chamber offers many cost-saving products and services to help reduce your bottom-line. You can save big on credit card processing, office supplies, workers' comp and much more.
7. Use the Chamber as a marketing tool
Whether you’re seeking to build your identity, generate leads, or spotlight your corporate responsibility initiatives, allow the Chamber to help carry your message to nearly 500 Chamber member companies that represent more than 10,000 employees in the Anderson area community. From website and newsletter ads to enhanced directory business listings and print advertising, we have lots of ways to help you promote your story and build business credibility as a Chamber member.
8. Let people know you are a chamber member
Display your membership plaque proudly in your lobby or at your checkout counter. Post the AACC logo on your website, in your email signature, on advertisements, on your social media accounts, etc. When consumers know your business is a member of the local chamber they a have higher consumer confidence in your products and services, your business is viewed as being more trustworthy and consumers are more likely to shop with you versus a competitor who isn't a chamber member.
9. Read Chamber communications
Stay informed on Chamber and community news by visiting our website and reading our Monday Morning Memo. Have member news to share? Send to email@example.com.
10. Provide us with feedback
To better improve the benefits and services we provide, we rely on your feedback to guide our efforts. If there is something you are looking for in your membership that is not being provided please let us know. Share feedback on your membership experience through surveys as well as personal contact with Chamber staff members.
If you’re still not sure where to begin or would like to learn how to get the most out of your Chamber membership, contact Brandy Uhlenbrock, Director of Member Services, for a one-on-one meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.474.4802.