Benefits of Becoming a Chamber Member
So, you’ve heard about the Laurel Chamber and it seems as if it would be a good fit for your business. But how do you know it will be of real value?
Because everyday, we help small businesses and corporations grow and save money! In addition, our staff handles dozens of phone calls, mail requests, e-mail messages and business meetings on behalf of our members and our community. Through networking, government affairs, advertising and events we have served members and their employees for over 100 years.
Research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce. According a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. Membership brings credibility to your business.
Even if time constraints keep you from being as involved as you’d like, your investment in Laurel Chamber membership will pay off.
How, you might ask?
Acquire customer referrals
Every day, your local chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber members.
Chamber events and programs
Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. Chamber events are innovative and fun ways to help members meet potential customers, clients and vendors— and generate new business leads.
The Chamber provides FREE social networking opportunities, such as the monthly Business after Hours. Business after Hours is a great way to meet other Chamber members, do a little promoting of your business, have a little food & beverages, and have a great time.
Promotion and publicity
With a chamber membership, you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity and the ability to access and offer members-only discounts and services. As a Chamber member you are assured a continuous presence on the Chamber website and in our publications. Your business cards will be displayed for our many visitors. Your business may be featured in our Spotlight on Business.
In addition you will receive our newsletter, The Laurel Business Focus, featuring timely information to help you grow your business: marketing and sales tips, tax savings information, business alerts from national and state sources, and much more.
You’ll also receive continued professional staff support, up-to-date information and admission to Chamber events: our monthly Board meetings, networking at our monthly Business After Hours, business-building seminars, semi-annual fundraising events, and our annual Chamber dinner.
If you do have a little time to get involved, you’ll be so glad you did. Your participation will literally help pave the way for prosperous Laurel business, both now and into the future!
Do yourself a favor — take advantage of one of the best business opportunities in the Yellowstone Valley… Join the Laurel Area
Chamber of Commerce.
To find out about membership fees, visit our Chamber fees page…