Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Why bother?

So you know that the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce focuses on five core values.

  1. Creating a stronger local economy
  2. Promoting community
  3. Representing business before government
  4. Political action
  5. Networking

That's all well and good, but do you know exactly what the Chamber does for your business?
Provide you with instant credibility: consumers who believe a business is a Chamber member are 63% more likely to buy goods and services (Shapiro Group, 2007)

Interactive business listing on the Chamber website with approximately 50,000 annual visitors.
- Link to your site
- Google map to your location
- Description of your business

Blog posts each week featuring local events and businesses
Featured posts on Facebook and Twitter with an average weekly reach of nearly 10,000 people

Brochure distribution, walk-in and phone referrals from the Chamber front office.
- The Chamber sees hundreds of walk-in, phone and website inquiries every day. Member businesses are referred on a rotating basis

Online job postings to attract new employees to your organization
Online e-coupon posting on the Chamber website

Access to member savings programs
- 3% discount on individual policies through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
- Bonus dividends back from SCF Arizona
- 80% off a 1/4 page ad in the Daily sun for new and renewing members

A full time government affairs representative working on your behalf with local, state and federal government.

Economic Gardening & Development
- ECoNA partner private business retention and expansion effort
- Workforce development - YES! week, Skills for Success
-Community Promotion: 4th of July parade, Holiday Lights parade, Buy-Dine-Stay program

All of these benefits are included in your annual chamber membership dues. The online advertising alone can account for your dues, and it pays for itself with the customers it will gain you! Don't believe us? We encourage you to ask each customer where they heard about you. Over the course of the year, you will see that enough customers will come to you from the Chamber to pay for your dues!

As a member, you are also eligible to join us for the following events:

Monthly networking events and special functions
- Good Morning Flagstaff Speed Networking Breakfast ($20)
-"Business After 5" mixers ($7)
- Annual Golf Tournament
- Annual meeting
- Evening of Jazz fundraiser
- New member connection mixer

When it comes down to it - even though the annual basic fee of $275 (organization) or $140 (personal) seems like a lot of money, you are getting an incredible value!

If you are interested in learning more about a Chamber membership - call Kat or James at (928) 774-4505

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