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In addition to investing in the economic growth of the entire region, as a Chamber member, you receive a variety of important benefits:
- Build business relationships, create partnerships and grow your business
- Listing in the online Membership Directory
- Specially designed professional developments programs to grow your talent and strengthen your business.
- Attract talent to your business with complimentary listings of your company’s job opportunities on www.asmartplace.com
- Brand exposure through the Chamber’s multimedia platforms to fellow member companies and the region’s business community.
- Priority communications to keep you updated on the latest business news and information impacting your business.
Schapiro: "Credibility continues to grow for local chambers"
WASHINGTON - A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that a business that is a member of a local chamber of commerce is enjoying increasing favorability. In the second such survey in five years, The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based market research firm, found positive attitudes among adults in 2012 have actually increased over the very favorable findings of the first study in 2007. For example:
When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, there is now a 49% increase in favorability toward that business (up from 44% in the 2007 study). When consumers perceive that a business is a chamber member, there is a 73% increase in consumer awareness and a 68% increase in local reputation ( 51 % and 57% respectively in 2007).
Consumers are 80% more likely to patronize a business in the future that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce (63% in 2007).
The study also has more good news for chamber members that sell to other businesses.
When business decision makers believe a business is a chamber member, favorability increases by 42% (37% in 2007), perceived awareness and reputation grows to 78% and 65%, respectively, (51% and 58% in 2007), plus the likelihood of future patronage increases by 74% (59% in 2007).
Supporting the previous :findings, the study also reveals a positive perception for the local chamber itself.
Regarding the chamber's impact on the local economy, 86% of respondents believe that the local chamber of commerce helps create jobs and promotes local economic development (82% in 2007).
The results of the 2007 and 2012 Schapiro studies are clear: Positive perception increases among consumers and business owners when a business is known as a member of the local chamber of commerce, and now we know that positive perception is growing.
Donna McCrary Membership Retention Manager 256-535-2027