We all know what a value Chamber membership is to building a business. Others are taking notice, too! So far this year, we have welcomed 135 new members, which is up 98% over this time last year! We had 25 new members join in the month of August alone, our highest month this year! Kudos to each and every one of our Board of Directors for fulfilling their commitment to servant leadership by encouraging others to support the Chamber so the Chamber can in turn support them.
With this influx of new members, we have seen record numbers at some of our networking events. At the past three months of B2B Networking (our FREE, members-only event), we’ve had an average attendance of 30 business owners! This fast and effective networking opportunity allows each attendee to stand up and tell the group about their products or services and who their ideal client would be. And of course the one-on-one networking that happens afterward is a sight to see – there’s a lot of contacts made and follow-ups scheduled! Those connections are a big reason why we are here.
And of course all these new members need a way to get started on the right track! Our New Member Orientation gives them an opportunity to meet the Chamber staff, introduce their business, and familiarize themselves with the variety of benefits we offer. Topics covered include how the Chamber is operated and funded, our networking events, programs and benefits, marketing opportunities and more. It’s always been a great way to start a Chamber connection and the participation we’ve had lately has been overwhelming.
While our loyal Chamber Ambassadors normally focus their attention on membership retention, this month they have turned their efforts to new member recruitment in order to grow our number even more. They are out and about spreading the word about membership benefits, so if you’re not already a member, don’t be surprised if you get a call or knock on your door! And of course, if you are ready to join our ranks (or know another future Chamber member), contact our Director of Membership Cynthia Widlitze at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-273-3002. The stronger our number, the stronger our voice of business!