Why Join the Chamber?
The Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce is the primary business organization in the county, and your most important business connection.
Membership in the Chamber of Commerce gives you the opportunity to gain exposure for your business, make valuable professional connections at numerous networking events, stay informed on trends and legislation that affect you, and take advantage of the valuable business services we provide.
The benefits of becoming a member of this dynamic business organization are tangible and intangible, personal and professional.
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Here are some of the most important reasons to join your Chamber of Commerce:
You Can Give Your Business a Marketing Advantage
In a world where consumers are bombarded with marketing messages, chamber membership helps your business stand out. A study of consumers* shows most people think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is even more effective for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices, and for communicating that a business is reputable.
The same survey showed that when consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months. When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43% more likely to consider buying insurance from it.
Consider this: a home owner searches online for a plumber. She finds Jim's Plumbing, Joe's Plumbing, and Jennie's Plumbing. Their web pages all have their address, phone number and a picture of their truck. But Jennie's says, "Proud Member of the Chamber of Commerce." Which one do you think the home owner will call first?
*"The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce: A Research Study"; The Shapiro Group, November 2012. Read More Here>>
You Can Connect to Clients and Customers, and News That Affects You
A business relies on being connected to the community. Chamber membership helps you stay in touch with your clients and customers. It also keeps you informed about events and trends, so you can adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. And your connection to other businesses through the chamber of commerce gives you a strong voice to influence policies of local, county and state government.
With your membership in the Isle of Wight-Smithfield Windsor Chamber of Commerce comes membership in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (for businesses with less than 10 full-time employees), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, including access to Small Business Nation, which offers a wealth of small business how-to information. These affiliate memberships are voluntary; your business can opt out of each.)
Return on Investment: You Get Back Much More Than You Put In
The rewards realized on the nominal cost of membership may surprise you. Among the benefits you receive for a membership as low as $189/yr. are:
You Can Grow Your Business While Growing Personally and Professionally
To advance in any industry, you need to develop your personal and professional skills, and to stay informed. The chamber of commerce offers many ways to help you be better at running your business and be more valuable to your employers:
The chamber of commerce is a coalition of businesses who can speak with one voice to promote responsible local, state and federal legislation which affects business and our community. We also hold meetings with local, state and federal representatives to share your concerns and provide productive guidance on public policies.
Every day, the chamber is working to help businesses like yours grow and succeed in a difficult economy. But, that is only possible when business leaders like you join and support your local chamber of commerce. To join the chamber, click on the link below, or contact us at (757) 357-3502, or via e-mail. We would be happy to come and talk with you about your business, its needs and how the chamber can help.
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