Saturday, September 20, 2014

Join The Chamber

 

If you want to make a valuable investment in your business and in the community, the Chamber is the place to start. With premier business and networking opportunities among its countless benefits, the Chamber offers reliable support to help your business grow and prosper. Your membership is an investment that pays dividends in the form of new customers for your business, a stronger economy and an exceptional quality of life in Huntsville/Madison County.

 

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Benefits of Membership

In addition to investing in the economic growth of the entire region, as a Chamber member, you receive a variety of important benefits*:

  • Build business relationships, create partnerships and grow your business
  • Listing in the online and printed Membership Directory
  • A link to your company’s website from the Chamber’s online membership listing in up to 3 categories
  • Free listings of your company’s job opportunities on www.asmartplace.com
  • Display of your company’s promotional (electronic) flier on the touch-screen in the Chamber building’s main lobby
  • Reduced price for Chamber seminars/professional development
  • Member-to-Member discounts
  • Electronic announcements which keep members up-to-date on Chamber activities, meetings and business information

 

* Subject to change.

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Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy

The 2012 Schapiro Study

A national survey* of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

Major Impact on Small Businesses

Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members.
If respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys:

  • a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating
  • a 73% increase in consumer awareness
  • a 68% increase in its local reputation
  • an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

Vertical Market Impacts: Restaurant Franchises

When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:

  • 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months
  • 15% more likely to report knowing a lot about the franchise
  • 58% more likely to eat at the franchise more often
  • 37% more likely to think favorably of the franchise.

Among consumers who do not eat at the franchise so often, those who are aware that the franchise is a mem- ber of the chamber are 33% more likely to hold favorable opinions of the franchise.
Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the restaurant franchise, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 65% more likely to eat there in the coming months.


Vertical Market Impacts: Insurance Companies

When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:

  • 29% more likely to report knowing a lot about the company
  • 36% more likely to think favorably of the company
  • 36% more likely to consider buying insurance from it.


Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the insurance company, those who are aware that the company is a member of the chamber are 25% more likely to consider purchasing insurance from it.
Among those who have not considered purchasing insurance there in the past, chamber membership increases that likelihood by 37%.


Vertical Market Impacts: Automobile Manufacturers

When consumers know that an auto manufacturer is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:

  • 21% more likely to have a favorable opinion of that company
  • 31% more likely to consider purchasing their next car from that company

Among those who have ever considered buying a car from a particular auto manufacturer, chamber member- ship leads to a 44% increase in consumers’ likelihood of purchasing a car there in the future.

Established in 1914, ACCE is the only national association serving the professional development needs of executives and managers of chambers of commerce throughout the U.S. and Canada. Representing more than 7,300 chamber employees, ACCE enhances the knowledge, leadership skills, and management effectiveness of chamber professionals and their staffs through its education, research, publications, certification, trends analysis, benchmarking, and promotion of best practices.

The Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) is a premier organization for education and professional development for more than 800 chamber executives and staff in 15 Western states and Canada.