Member businesses and organizations have access to special money saving 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.
Commercial Energy Co-op
The Chamber has partnered with Nationally Recognized Energy Management experts, CQI Associates, to administer and manage the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative. This program is only available to Chamber members who receive their electric and/or natural gas services through Ameren. If your business or organization is a substantial user of natural gas and/or electricity, significant savings can be realized on its annual utility costs. The co-op leverages the power of a large buying group to receive lower rates than a business could typically attain on their own. There is NO FEE to join the Co-op. For more information, or if you would like an estimate on your company's savings, contact David Earhart at (217) 525-1173 ext. 215 or email@example.com. For the estimate of savings, companies will need to submit a Letter of Authorization and provide a recent copy of their utility bill (winter bill for natural gas). To download the Authorization and Application form, click HERE.
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Special discounted advertising rates are available to members of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. All Chamber members in good standing are eligible to receive ongoing, reduced rates for advertising on in the Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. The special discount offer from the Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times reflects a 15% savings for member businesses! For more information on the Springfield Business Journal offer click HERE. For more information on the Illinois Times offer click HERE.
Digital Health Check and Advertising Discount
The State Journal-Register (SJ-R) and LOCALiQ, the digital marketing agency of the SJ-R, offer an exclusive membership benefit. A free, no obligation digital health check and a special discounted advertising package are available to members of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
LOCALiQ offers a complimentary digital health check to audit your digital business, benchmark you against your competitors, and identify opportunities to help drive quality, affordable leads to grow your business. The State Journal-Register offers a frequency print program that is fifteen (15) - 1/8 page ads per month for a total of $750... which is a 70% discount! This print offer is good for any Greater Springfield Chamber member who has not run with LOCALiQ/The State Journal-Register within the past 12 months.
Contact Julee White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.806.3357 with any questions, or to schedule your health check.
Small Business Incentives for Ameren Illinois Customers
There's no easier way for small businesses to lower energy costs and boost their bottom line than with Small Business incentives from Ameren Illinois. You can receive a FREE Energy Assessment to help identify potential energy-saving improvements throughout your facility. From there, the Ameren Illinois Program Ally will review the results of your assessment to help you choose the upgrades that provide the most benefits and highest amount of energy savings.
With a low out-of-pocket cost and streamlined installation process, Small Business incentives provide you with a simple and quick way to start saving energy and money. Incentives are available for a number of energy efficiency projects.
For more information or to schedule a FREE Energy Assessment, go to AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/Small Business Incentives or call 1.866.800.0747.
Flexible Spending Account Program
BPC is offering a significant discount to Chamber members on flexible spending account administration, including a first-year discount and a rate lock for two years. A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) could save your business over $350 per employee per year in payroll taxes while creating a more comprehensive benefits package for your workers. Employees can pay for medical, dental and childcare expenses using pre-tax dollars. Contact BPC directly and mention you are a Chamber member to receive this discount. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Business Resources Available
Greater Springfield Chamber members have access to Illinois Chamber member pricing for business and HR webinars, seminars, and conferences. ILCC Business Services Division webinars provide trusted, up-to-date content for keeping HR professionals and business owners knowledgeable about current trends in employment and labor law, and technology. The presenters are Illinois attorneys and Illinois experts who work in the fields they teach. When registering, be sure to select that you learned of the seminar or webinar through the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. To review the available HR and Business SEMINARS or WEBINARS click the appropriate link.
The Chamber encourages members, and their employees and families, to purchase their products and services from fellow Chamber member businesses. The Hot Deals program allows members to present a special discount or offer online through The Chamber’s website and Chamber smartphone app. Member offers provide additional exposure and visibility as well as the opportunity for increased sales. To download the promotional flyer click the link above.
Constant Contact Email Marketing
It's important for your business to have an effective tool to communicate with the people who matter the most (customers, prospects, etc.)! Constant Contact's Email Marketing tool give you the ability to stay top-of-mind and keep people engaged with your business. The Chamber has partnered with Constant Contact to help you with your marketing efforts. Chamber members can SAVE UP TO 25% even if you're an existing customer! Look professional, save time and get results. To download a promotional flyer, click the Constant Contact logo or to start taking advantage of this member benefit, click HERE.
Chamber member businesses and their employees are eligible to receive a free prescription drug discount card through The Chamber and United Networks of America. There are no health restrictions, no enrollment forms, and no limits on usage. Simply click on the headline link above, then create the pre-activated card for immediate savings. Save up to 75 percent at over 68,000 pharmacies nationwide. This card covers drugs not covered in health plans and also covers many pet prescriptions. It is especially helpful if you are uninsured or underinsured.
WICS Marketplace Discount
One day per month, WICS NewsChannel 20 offers three (3) segments on its Marketplace program at a reduced cost, exclusively for members of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. The segments are 2-3 minutes long and the cost is $150 per segment (normal cost is $350 per segment). The program airs Monday-Friday from 11:30 am-noon. It allows guests to share information, promote in-store events and feature specials and Holiday offerings. Members pick a day to appear live or pre-record the program in studio or via Zoom. All segments are recorded and placed on www.newschannel20.com/features/marketplace and can be shared on the business’ social media platforms. For more information, contact Jennifer Valenti, Director of Sales for WICS NewsChannel 20, at (217) 753-5624.
Advertising Benefit for New Members
All members of The Chamber have access to print advertising discounts from the Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. New members that have recently joined are eligible to receive matching radio advertising packages offered by all three radio groups in the Springfield area: Capitol Radio Group, Mid-West Family Springfield, and Neuhoff Media Springfield.