Membership means accessibility to reduced cost advertising and promotional opportunities, and money saving health and dental insurance plans.
MARKETING AND BUSINESS PROMOTIONS FOR VISIBILITY & CREDIBILITY
Each member is listed in a widely distributed Membership Directory/Community Guide and is provided with a membership certificate and window decal to display for customer recognition and business credibility. In addition, the Chamber offers free and low cost promotions including listings in resource guides and pamphlets, newsletter inserts, web page listings, advertising and mailing label services.
Each Chamber Member Receives:
· 2 Free listings in the Membership Directory & Community Guide.
· A Free listing on the Membership Directory web pages at www.RomeChamber.com.
· A Free link from the Membership Directory listing to your own website.
· Opportunity for “Member of the Month” recognition.
· Low cost advertising opportunities, mailing labels for your promotions, and for a reasonable fee you can have your own promotional piece inserted in the monthly newsletter.
· Special member rates to participate in Chamber promotions (marketing, business and professional development seminars, EXPO, publications, etc.).
· Email updates, press releases, marketing/promotion consulting.
Year-round, members are invited to “Shop Rome First”, and participate in events and promotions designed to support local businesses, and keep shopping dollars and sales tax revenue in our community. Each spring, the Rome Home EXPO showcases businesses with products and services to jump-start the year with home improvements, renovation, and repairs.
MEMBER-TO- MEMBER DISCOUNTS
For your business through Constellation Newenergy, Inc., the Chamber offers a program to reduce your electricity costs, and through Mirabito Energy Products, a program to reduce your natural gas costs.
The Rome Chamber sponsors meetings, seminars and workshops designed to enable you and your employees to increase company profitability and improve your bottom line.
The Chamber works with SCORE, MV SBDC at SUNY Poly, MVEDGE and RIDC to help members receive practical, individualized solutions and free business counseling and assistance.
The Chamber arranges grand openings and ribbon cutting ceremonies. First Dollar of Profit awards are presented to new businesses. The Chamber arranges a photo opportunity with the Rome Sentinel and a Chamber ambassador presents a framed certificate for display. The Chamber’s conference room facilities are available to members by appointment.
NETWORKING/BUSINESS BEFORE AND AFTER HOURS
The Rome Chamber of Commerce regularly hosts, sponsors and organizes a wide variety of programs and events providing opportunities to make profitable new business contacts. Members are invited to attend BBH and BAH receptions, and are encouraged to consider hosting a BBH or BAH to showcase their businesses. Chamber member businesses host the receptions at their company offices or approved locations, inviting Chamber members and guests. These events can be informal and fun networking opportunities or seminar-style informative and educational meetings. Call to find out how you can show off your business!
Chamber members are investors in the economic health and growth of our community. The Chamber is actively involved in new business development, and retention and expansion of existing businesses.
The Chamber does collectively what individual companies cannot do - speak out loudly, clearly and regularly on behalf of business - to encourage approval of laws that will help business and oppose those that are detrimental to business.
What the Experts Say
According to the “Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)", membership plays a major impact on your business … ”Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members—if consumers are aware that the small business is involved with its local chamber.
For example, if respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 73% increase in consumer awareness, a 68% increase in its local reputation, and an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.
Most people know fairly well what their local chambers do; the study assessed the effect of this knowledge on perceptions of chamber members. The researchers said ”any belief about the chamber of commerce—whether that belief was true or not—could have a significant positive impact on how someone views a member… he or she is more likely to think that the [member] company’s products stack up well and have a favorable opinion toward the company.
The key factor in developing and maintaining positive consumer perception of chamber members, the Schapiro Group said, was that “positive outcomes only occur when consumers know that a business is a chamber member (i.e., being involved in the chamber is a known facet of the company's reputation).”
Accordingly, when consumers know that a large business is a member of the chamber, they are likely to patronize the company more often, to express favorable opinions about the company, to know more about the company, and to buy the company's products.”