Membership brings value to you and your business and it helps ensure the long‐term vitality of our community. Collectively, we have a real impact on the business climate. The Chamber exists to help your business be successful and to advocate on its behalf. We coordinate and lead advocacy efforts, provide business resources, support and assistance, all while creating countless opportunities to make strategic connections with members and the community at‐large. What we do is not only important, but essential to the growth and stability of our greater Springfield area. Click HERE to review reasons to invest in Chamber membership.
With Chamber membership, you are continually accessible in our online business directory that is viewed by members, the public, visitors to our area, and by surrounding communities as they search for goods and services. A member’s online listing includes options to be found by business name or category, map, website and social media links as well as the potential for adding a company logo, business description and photos. Your listing even provides increased search engine optimization for someone searching for your business outside of our Chamber site.
The Chamber offers many options to keep your name in front of the public which is essential to your continued success. A ribbon cutting or ground breaking can be held for your business and members can include their events on The Chamber’s Community Calendar and also submit Member News press releases to be published in weekly email blasts at no additional cost! Only members have access to promote their business to other members through event sponsorships and targeted member to member marketing tools. Click HERE to review sponsorship opportunities or HERE to review marketing opportunities available.
The Chamber has outlined a few simple steps to get more out of your membership. Click HERE to view 'I've Joined The Chamber...Now What? Ways to Maximize Your Chamber Membership'.
Who you know does make a difference. People like to do business with people they know and trust, and The Chamber’s wide variety of networking events provide opportunities to make new contacts. Chamber membership is about relationship building and it provides opportunity and visibility. The Chamber connects people on a business and social level. All Chamber events, whether it’s the annual gala, mini business expo, job fairs or golf outing, are held to help people make connections.
Click HERE to learn more about Chamber networking opportunities.
Member businesses and organizations have access to special money savings offers because of their Chamber membership. These programs provide tangible savings for businesses. They include discounts, on advertising, utility costs, prescription drug coverage, email marketing as well as opportunities to reduce payroll costs and sometimes business insurance premiums. Members save on reduced events costs and can take advantage of special discounted member offers. Click HERE to review money saving programs.
Membership in The Chamber creates a strategic partnership that links your business with the proven chamber of commerce brand and that affiliation enhances your business credibility. Do you want to talk to the most engaged group of business professionals in the area? How about community leaders? Yes? Then market your business or organization to fellow Chamber members. Only members have the opportunity to target this high quality, engaged audience. Your fellow Chamber of Commerce members are your best potential new customers. Click HERE to review opportunities available.
The Chamber hosts many events throughout the year, which are enhanced by the participation of member sponsors. Chamber events are designed to connect people on either a business or social level and only members have the opportunity to serve as event sponsors. Being a sponsor is a great way for businesses to receive publicity while showing support for The Chamber and community. The cost depends on the event and the level of sponsorship. Click HERE to review sponsorship opportunities.
Members are encouraged to purchase their products and services from other Chamber members whenever possible. Whenever you find yourself looking for professional or personal services, places to eat, shop or recreate please consider using those businesses that support our greater community through their membership with The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. On our online Business Directory, businesses can be searched for by their name, category or keyword. Membership is an investment in your business and the community.
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Your business is an important part of our community and the future of Springfield and Sangamon County should also be important to you. Members often view their affiliation with the Chamber as providing them a strategic partnership and the opportunity to leverage their membership to be viewed as a good corporate citizen. Chamber membership enhances a business’s credibility, provides an opportunity to promote their company’s brand and acts as a “seal of approval” within the community.
A national survey revealed 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.
As a member, your business or organization becomes part of a larger group. The Chamber represents the voice for business in the community and represents business interests at the local, state and federal levels of government. Your membership means that you have a voice and are part of an organization that is willing to listen to your concerns. Members have increased access to business leaders, elected officials and additional information about what is happening in the business community.
The Chamber offers a number of important business resources and services that can help your business. We connect members to resources that reduce barriers to growth and expansion as specific needs are identified through member visits and communications. We offer job fairs, assistance with strategic planning, and several money saving opportunities. Visit our Business Resources link to learn more.
A Chamber of Commerce is a coalition of area businesses, industries, organizations and professionals who pool their resources to improve the economic, civic and cultural climate of their community. Reasons for being a member of The Chamber may vary depending on your type of business. Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing, Service Based or Professional Service businesses have different focuses but also share common interests and reasons why they should be members of The Chamber. Some of those reasons to invest include:
- Opportunities for visibility and exposure
- Pro-business advocacy
- Leadership and professional development
- Business resources and support
- Additional business credibility