Chamber Membership Provides a Big Boost

Chamber Membership Provides a Big Boost

If you’ve been asked to join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce or renew your membership but you’re not sure that your small business will benefit… read on…

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce can be one of the best friends your small business can have in today’s economy.

Think about it: Part of the Chamber’s mission is to help small businesses succeed. In fact, over 80% of Chamber members are small business owners. And what kind of business do you have? Right, a small business. So your local Chamber is a place committed to your success.

At the Greater Hall Chamber, you will find a host of programs and resources intended to make your life easier and your business more profitable. And considering that most small businesses are out there all alone, having a network of like-minded entrepreneurs on your side can really be valuable.

Consider the various ways the Chamber can help your business:

1. Programming: Most of the Chamber’s programs and projects are intended to help members grow their businesses. The Chamber brings in speakers, offers educational seminars, creates informational newsletters, hosts luncheons, spotlights successful members, facilitates small business counseling, supplies relevant demographic data, sponsors business expos, and offers a variety of other programs intended to help grow members’ businesses.

2. Networking: As indicated, one issue many small business owners have is that they are out there on their own, without a whole lot of support from anyone else. But if you join the Chamber, that will change in two significant ways:

First, you will suddenly be mixing with a host of like-minded people — small business owners who, like you, are juggling payroll, taxes, a tough economy, and a home life. There will be people to bounce ideas off of, and ideas from others that can be applied to your business as well.

Second, the Chamber regularly sponsor mixers, offering you the chance to meet and do business with your fellow Chamber members. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards!

Third, the referrals. Staff continuously refers member business and services.

3. Lobbying: Legislation of all sorts on the state and national level have profound impacts on small businesses. However, most small businesses owners have neither the time, resources, understanding, nor desire to lobby on a particular bill. That’s another place where the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce can help.

The Chamber is the loud voice you need to be heard in the political arena, to represent the important issues that affect small businesses. With your input, the Chamber and it’s governmental affairs programs can make a difference and provide tangible results.

4. Getting involved: Chambers always have a variety of committees that allow you to participate in your community on issues of importance to you. By joining one of these committees, you can make a difference and have your voice heard.

5. Discounts: Chambers offer their members discounts and deals on everything from health insurance to workers compensation insurance through participation in the Drugs Don’t Work program.

So yes, joining the Greater Hall Chamber is a very good idea. Contact Michelle Wiley, Membership Coordinator at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206. Email: