Dozens of Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce representatives will canvas the greater Chattanooga early this September in a two-week Membership Blitz to ignite new connections in the local business community and raise awareness about resources the Chattanooga Chamber offers to help area companies grow.
The event will kick off on Wednesday with an 8 a.m. a.m. Networking meeting at green|spaces, where Chattanooga Chamber volunteers will convene to coordinate their outreach efforts. Activities will conclude Sept. 19 with a Business After Hours networking gathering from 5–7 p.m. at The Chattanoogan, where event organizers will award prizes to participants based on the campaign’s results.
The focus of the Membership Blitz is to emphasize the bottom line value of relationships within the business community – both to the local economy and to the businesses themselves.
“Our role as employers is critical, but as Chamber members, we take it a step further,” said Chattanooga Chamber President and CEO Ron Harr at the organization’s 2013 Annual Meeting. “We support job creation and education in ways that no enterprise could do on its own. We build each other’s companies and keep more dollars in the local economy by doing business together. We support new businesses in starting up, help existing industries grow, recruit new companies to Chattanooga and promote this community to the whole world.”
Mr. Harr cited the number and quality of connections within the Chattanooga Chamber’s membership as the network’s greatest strength as he announced a new campaign to grow the organization’s membership from 1,700 to 2,014 companies by the end of 2014. Sandra Brewer, vice president of member-investor services for the Chattanooga Chamber, will lead the effort.
“According to a national survey conducted by The Shapiro Group in 2012, consumers are 80 percent more likely to patronize businesses that are members of a local chamber of commerce,” said Brewer. “The survey also found that chamber member businesses enjoy a 73 percent increase in perceived consumer awareness over non-members, as well as a 49 percent increase in consumer favorability.”
New Chattanooga Chamber members receive $1,000 in advertising and promotional resources when they join. This value exceeds the cost of investment for most new members. Businesses that join during the Membership Blitz will also have the opportunity to enroll in the Ignite Payments-First Data payment processing program and receive a credit valued between $50 and $150.
“Expanding access to resources that help our local businesses grow is a critical part of the Chamber’s work in this community,” said Ms. Brewer. “That’s why we’ve designed our dues structure to keep the costs lowest for those who stand to gain the most from joining – small businesses.”
Other major benefits members enjoy are regular opportunities to learn and build business connections at more than 200 annual networking events. Between the Chattanooga Chamber’s 12 monthly council meetings, seven major annual events and small business workshops at The INCubator, member businesses receive access to a number of resources to educate themselves about topics related to their growth.
“We regularly offer our members opportunities to connect with experts on strategies for enhancing their business practices, reaching new markets and improving their bottom lines,” said Brewer. “These educational resources have proved tremendously useful for businesses looking to get ahead.”
For business owners that don’t have time to step away from the office to take advantage of these opportunities, additional membership benefits are available. All Chattanooga Chamber businesses receive a suite of discounts and resources that reduce costs, heighten security and bring data solutions to their companies. These offerings enhance members’ ability to do business and improve their bottom lines without having to leave work.
To learn more about the benefits of Chattanooga Chamber membership, click here. For more information about the upcoming Membership Blitz, contact Sandra Brewer at 423 763-4346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.