WHY BECOME A MEMBER OF A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
Membership in the local Chamber of Commerce has various benefits for your business such as shown in the following research:
“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.”
Source: The Schapiro Group
The Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce membership costs between $145 and $525. The average cost nationwide for membership is between $300-$400 at other Chambers. We are provided an affordable opportunity to add value to our business.
Looking at the above study is proof enough to make this relatively small investment for your business. If you need additional reasons to join the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce, consider the following: You have access to the membership list; opportunities for growth, professionally and individually; access to other members advice and expertise, community involvement to give back to the area, and opportunity to cheer each other and troubleshoot challenges.
- Michael Bremmer, CEO of Telecomquotes, emphasizes “you get out of Chamber of Commerce membership what you put in. Only when you actively participate, volunteer, and join committees do you truly get the opportunities to form valuable business relationships.”
- “Jeffrey Gehrs, President at elect-mer.com reasons for being a member include face-to-face interaction leads to stronger relationships, Chamber does the leg work in bringing people together, and it’s a powerful referral generator.”
- Brett Bastello, SEO Consurltant at inseev.com. reasons for being a member: Having a link from the Chamber’s .org website is an authoritative reference point for search engine relevancy
Chamber websites are often very powerful and robust, so a direct linkage tells Google your site is also important by association
Creating relationships with other Chamber members generates word-of-mouth referrals, which in turn generate internet visibility.
The Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce organizes and hosts networking events, fundraisers, workshops, and other activities, all with the aim of connecting local business owners.
We definitely are stronger together as a business community. Questions about becoming a member? Call John Breidenbach or any Chamber member if you have questions about joining.