Studies show being active in the local chamber of commerce is a good strategy for businesses to use in communicating company traits (click here to view study). Statistically, it is an effective way to convey to consumers that a company uses good business practices, is involved in the community, cares about customers, and is reputable regardless of whatever they may or may not already think about the company.
A chamber membership establishes an open line of communication between the Chamber of Commerce, its members, and the community as a whole. We are bringing free small business development consulting, increasing marketing benefits, reaching out to our schools to provide tools that help young people entering the workforce, and hosting countless events, both educational and entertaining.
Top 10 Reasons to Join the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce
|1. Credibility: You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you’re identified as a member of the chamber of commerce. Chamber members are considered trustworthy, civic-minded, industry leaders. We share a common goal to enrich our economic environment for businesses to thrive and enhance the quality of life for the residents of the Andalusia area through a joint investment.|
|2. Visibility: Membership will increase your visibility in the community. As a new member, you will be listed in our chamber IMPACT newsletter, e-newsletter, on Facebook and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with the chamber and sponsoring events. The chamber will also promote your grand opening or ribbon-cutting ceremony and assist with any public relations efforts.|
|3. Networking: Our chamber creates countless networking opportunities. Networking will build your business while promoting developments of keen interest to local businesses and the community, as well as foster your own professional leadership development.|
|4. Gaining a voice: The chamber brings our legislators and business leaders together for forums and think tanks to make sure your interests are heard.|
|5. Making contacts: Our chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through most other local organizations.|
|6. Staying Connected: The Chamber’s newsletters provide new member information, interesting information about operating a local business, articles about the local community, a community calendar with details about up-and-coming events, etc.|
|7. Getting Referrals: Every day, your local chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors. We also receive countless hits to our website and MY CHAMBER app directing potential customers to our members. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is also improved by these listings, making your own website more relevant in searches.|
|8. Getting Involved: 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. These events are also great for teambuilding within your organization.|
|9. 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. We work closely with all forms of media and can help you get the word out. We even offer a bulk mailing discount for chamber members when they need to send out more than 200 pieces of promotional mail.|
|10. Access to members-only discounts: Several of our members, including our Insurance Agents, offer steep discounts to chamber members only.|