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.
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.
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:
When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:
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.
When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:
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%.
When consumers know that an auto manufacturer is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:
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.