Most seasoned business owners can tell you the benefits of being a member of a local Chamber of Commerce, but the number one reason is that it allows a business owner to connect with other local businesses in their community. Chambers of Commerce are committed to protecting and promoting their business community.
Some of the reasons to join a Chamber of Commerce include:
- Networking and collaborating can be essential to business growth and success
- Two words: business directory – being featured in a business directory through a Chamber of Commerce allows new customers to find you when they are looking for the services you provide
- Chambers of Commerce provide networking events at various times (morning, lunch and after hours) that allow you to meet with others when it is convenient to you
- Chambers of Commerce provide educational opportunities for business and professional development including seminars, webinars and workshops
- Easy access to information through newsletters and email updates – these can be a one-stop shop
- Referrals – most Chambers of Commerce are committed to only providing its members information for inquiries it receives
- Increased positive opinion – according to a 2012 study conducted by the Schapiro Group, 49% of consumers were more likely to think favorably of a local business if it was a member of the local Chamber— and 80% were more likely to purchase a product or service from a Chamber member.
- Recognition and award events are typically provided by Chambers of Commerce
- Exclusive discounts for members – from office supplies to insurance, Chambers of Commerce often offer discounts for their members
- Opportunities to serve your community through participating in a committee
- Complimentary job listings to help you find the employees you need
- Sponsorship opportunities
- Mentoring opportunities
Please note that not all the above listed benefits are available through all Chambers of Commerce.
Local Chambers of Commerce
- Gloucester Chamber of Commerce https://www.gloucestervachamber.org
- Greater Williamsburg Business Council https://www.businesswilliamsburg.com
- Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce https://www.hrchamber.com
- Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce http://www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com
- York County Chamber of Commerce https://yorkcountychamberva.org
We strongly encourage businesses to become members of their local Chamber of Commerce.