The Chamber offers members special discounts and programs that provide tangible savings for businesses.
Commercial Energy Co-op
The Chamber continues to partner with CQI Associates to offer members an Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program. This benefit can potentially save hundreds or thousands of dollars in annual utility costs for those members who receive their electricity and/or natural gas services through Ameren. The co-op leverages the power of a large group to negotiate a lower commercial electricity and/or natural gas rate that a single business could not secure on its own. Co-op members can expect to save the equivalent of their July electrical bill and/or their February natural gas bill. 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 Tom Owen at (217) 525-1173 ext. 230. For the estimate of savings, companies will need to provide a recent copy of their utility bill. To download the Authorization and Application form, click HERE.
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.
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.
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%! Look professional, save time and get results. To take 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 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.
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 Broadcasting and Neuhoff Media.