To grow your business you need to get the word out about who you are and what you do.
The West Plains Chamber not only provides a platform for you to do that, but your fellow Chamber members join your team in building your business profile in the community.
Chamber events provide you with an active role in community happenings and it is a great place to build rapport with fellow business men and women in and around the West Plains.
The West Plains Chamber has so much to offer, but it’s up to you to get the most out of your Chamber membership.
Here’s just an overview of the benefits you should expect to glean from your involvement with the West Plains Chamber.
The saying, “it doesn’t matter what you know but, who you know” is false — but knowing people sure goes a long way. Your participation in Chamber events allows you the chance to meet many other like-minded business people in the community and build the sorts of relationships that can be mutually beneficial.
Each new business connection actually opens the door to a whole new group of potential business contacts and partnerships. This is the power of networking. A single connection extends your reach to everyone around that single point.
These opportunities to meet other business people socially are hosted in the business offices of Chamber members. Locations change from month to month but the dividends of participation remain the same.
Joining a Committee
If you truly want to become involved, we suggest you join various West Plains Chamber committees. Committees need your input. You probably talk to one hundred business owners and residential customers per week. Five hundred per month. They know you, they trust you and they generally speak their mind to you. When these associates, business customers and business people talk to politicians, it’s a more tactful type conversation. When they talk to you, it’s more point blank, to the point, blunt and the reality of the way they really feel.
You’ll never get a sugar coated answer to a small business dilemma from an actual owner. They’ll tell you how they feel. Whether they are happy or mad as hell about an issue. You also are the eyes and ears of the community with its residences.
Membership allows you to make innumerable personal connections but it also places you in an important database. Chamber members use the website to find those in the community who may benefit from their services, but your name and business are also listed so that when others are looking for a specific service, yours will be the one they find first.
Businesses are listed according to services provided in an extensive business directory. The Chamber directory includes a full list of member clubs and organizations, as well. Before Angie’s List and Craigslist – there was and is the Chamber. You can patronize Chamber businesses with confidence because you know them personally along with their commitment to excellence and community involvement. The great thing is that your fellow Chamber members know all the same things about you.
Give and Receive Referrals
Recommending businesses highlights another benefit to be gained from your Chamber membership – referrals. Each time you visit a member’s place of business, let them know that you are prepared to refer others to them. Many Chamber members choose only to work with other members of the Chamber to show solidarity in support of the development of the community. Part of Chamber dues go to economic development efforts to help bring new businesses to town and help current businesses expand. This helps grow the number of people using local businesses. By being a Chamber member, you support those efforts.
The Chamber business directory and office will only refer members. When people move to town and go to the Chamber for business referrals, you will be on the list of providers mentioned. Again, this provides you with an exponential reach.
A Great Way to Advertise
Making personal connections and gaining respected referrals are critical in growing your business base, but most businesses also need to advertise. Advertising is expensive. But your Chamber membership offers you a number of outlets for pushing out promotions. Take advantage of the open space in our E-News Updates to find your next customer. This is a free e-newsletter that goes to 2,600 people weekly. Each member can put one item in per week to publicize events or specials going on at their business.
You can become a website sponsor which will give you prominence on Chamber web pages. You can become a featured sponsor and you can sponsor Chamber publications. Members can also choose to sponsor community events, which give them the opportunity to advertise in association with positive civic efforts. Some Chamber advertising avenues cost, but some are free. Either way, membership allows you to reach a wide and targeted audience through precision distribution.
Log On to the Member Information Center Today to Get the Most Out of Your Chamber Membership
Your West Plains Chamber membership is more valuable than you realize.
It helps you keep your finger on the pulse of business trends and opportunities, but it does so much more than that.
Membership means you will be involved with any number of forums for meeting new business partners and potential business customers.
Fun events, professional development events and preferential advertising and referrals are just some of the benefits you should be collecting from your membership.
If you’re not a member and you want to take advantage of these benefits JOIN TODAY!