Advocates of chambers of commerce have long believed that when a company is active in its local chamber, it is doing the right thing not only for the community but for its own success as well. A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community.
But what is the real value to you, the member? The real value that your membership in the Chamber of Commerce brings to you and your business is VOI:
Value of Information – The Chamber brings you unique resources – roundtable discussions and workshops coordinated by our Small Business Council, access to SCORE and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for free business counseling, subscription to the Chamber Update email newsletter with members-only content such as small business tips and economic development news – all information that is timely and relevant to the success of your business operation.
Value of Influence – The Chamber represents your interests – whether it is representing your business at the local, state or federal level, the Chamber is your advocate on all issues of importance to business.
Value of Interaction – The Chamber provides opportunity – people want to do business with people they know, like and trust. Our numerous networking events, member-to-member programs, and partnerships foster relationships that encourage leads, referrals and more business for our members.
Value of Impact – Our Chamber represents nearly 1,000 businesses and over 30,000 employees in and around the Northshore area – the strength of our membership and the direct results of our initiatives affect outcomes that benefit our members.
These are just a few of the reasons that businesses join the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce. Not yet a member? Call our Director of Membership Cynthia Widlitze at 985-273-3002 for more information. Or better yet, join us at one of our many upcoming networking events, all of which can be found here. We look forward to delivering value to you soon!