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Demonstrate credibility to customers and partners. According to The Schapiro Group, consumers are 63 percent more likely to buy from a business that is a member of a chamber of commerce. Two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies that are chamber members use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in the community. If consumers know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys:
When you join the Chamber, you’ll receive a membership plaque and window decal to display, along with a digital membership plaque to display on your website.
Receive a listing in the Chamber Online Membership Directory, with a link to your website. You can be included in as many as two directory categories at no charge.
Your company information is included on the membership roster, distributed to fellow member businesses upon request and available for purchase.
As a new member, we’ll include your information in the chamber magazine. If you have newsworthy items that you would like publicized, the Chamber offers a variety of communication vehicles to promote your information, including chamber magazine, ChamberWIRE enews, South Bend Region enews and our social media networks.
Including all of our affiliated programs, we have more than 60 events on the calendar to connect with other member contacts throughout the year, including morning, lunch and after hours’ events.
The business directory also works for you 24/7, providing online referrals. 1.67M referrals in 2016; each member averaging 1,414 referrals each year.
Save money by participating in Chamber affinity programs.
There is strength in the Chamber’s 1,000-plus member businesses. We provide a unified voice for business in our region, setting legislative priorities and accomplishing what a single business doesn’t have the resources to do on its own.
Get a free membership list to use for your marketing purposes. Additional, detailed lists are available in spreadsheet formats, for nominal fees. The Chamber produces helpful resources for your use including the Commercial Construction Activity Report, Business Expansion and New Investment Report, Top Employer List, Visitors Guide, St. Joseph County Map and Certificates of Origin.
In addition, you have access to our affiliated programs like South Bend Region-the Chamber's economic development efforts, covering South Bend, Mishawaka and all of St. Joseph County (South Bend Region is the Lead Economic Development Organization for St. Joseph County); Visit South Bend—the destination marketing organization for St. Joseph County; Young Professionals Network (YPN) South Bend—geared for young professionals, ages 21-39, in the South Bend Region; and INTERN South Bend Region-the Chamber's internship program, helping businesses develop and connect with interns. South Bend Region is also the leading investor in South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership, the area's multi-county regional economic development organization.
Chamber member businesses can post upcoming events. If a nonmember business attempts to post, that business will be declined.
Exclusive to Chamber member businesses only, you can post your job openings on the Chamber Jobs Board. Every Friday, we post specific job opportunities on our social media platforms, #HireFriday.
In addition to membership lists and other business lists available to member businesses only, you can market your organization further by advertising in Chamber communications or sponsoring an event, program or initiative.
Let us help you celebrate your new business or new location. We will publicize your grand opening in our ChamberWIRE enewsletter and website, invite the Ambassador team and bring along our official “grand opening,” oversized scissors. Photos will be taken and provided to you for your use. We’ll also use the photos in our various communication pieces, as appropriate. Contact Leslie Mikolajewski, 574.400.4044 for more information.
Your investment in the Chamber allows us to address critical business and community priorities. Your investment not only helps your business but also has a tremendous impact on the community.