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Chamber meetings, Welcome Damien
Why not try the chamber meetings and decide for yourself if it is worth getting involved.
Sometimes new blood (you) can made a difference.
Let us know what happens, LUCKIEST
It really depends on the chamber. Some do offer a good sense of community and networking.
Look at the list of businesses that currently are members. Are these the types of businesses that you want to network with?
Speak with people at the chamber or other business owners who are members and see what percentage of businesses typically turn out for their events. If you do know some of the other business owners, ask them how their experience has been.
I hope this helps.
Most chambers allow you to attend a meeting or two for free to see what it is about. Also, see waht type of benefits and/or meetings the chamber has.
The one I belong to has "networking" meetings, socials, political, etc.
Typically, you get out of it what you put into it. The chamber may seem like a "cozy" group at first and it make take a while for you to fit in. This is not a bad thing - it shows they know one another.
Best of luck!
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I live in a small community and as far as I can tell the local chamber is not very active. Over the past year I've heard advice from both extremes, some condemning the local chambers and others praising them. Basically I just want to know if it's worth the time or in your experiences are the fairly top heavy with those who do attend only looking for their own next sale.