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I participated with my local chamber for a number of years. A couple of things that helped us with better visibility and business are:
I hope this helps.
I have actually wondered about the local chamber of commerce. What exactly is their purpose? Do you join, or are you invited? Do they have requirements to join? Are they an effective way to promote your business?
I have been a Chamber member in Gwinnett County Georgia for over a year. The object with our chamber (and probably any Chamber) is to network. Networking requires that you learn about the businesses of the participants. As you meet and become friends with this group of people you naturally recommend their businesses to your friends and associates.
Their are three things to keep in mind when networking:
- It takes a long time. People refer or recomend people they trust so give your Chamber the time to get to know you and your business.
- Adjust your product line to fit the Chamber not the other way around. As an example my main business is Sales Training and I also do a lot of lead generation. Our Chamber has a much greater need for lead generation so I focus on that topic.
- Learn about everyone's business, don't keep pitching your stuff, listen to the other business owners. Take a genuine interest in their business and you will reap the rewards.
from JDP Digital. No one else at my Chamber gives these and they are usable so it is a good reminder of my company and what I do.
David Peterson - President Atlanta Sales and Consulting