The first chamber of commerce in the United States was the New York City chamber, founded in 1783. The first chamber in the world was believed to be founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. That’s quite a legacy.
A local chamber of commerce is an organization of business owners that exists to further their collective interests and create a thriving business community and local economy. The professional and personal relationships you cultivate are likely to serve as the foundation of long-term growth for your business.Read More >>
It’s important to have realistic, unselfish expectations when joining your local chamber. Don’t expect an instant spike in website traffic, phone calls and revenue. When you focus on what you can do to help fellow business owners and your local community instead of “what’s in it for me,” your chamber membership will be much more valuable.
When the chamber as a whole wins, its member businesses win. Here are six benefits of joining your local chamber of commerce:
Exposure. Most chambers of commerce create online and print business directories, guides, maps and other materials that feature their members. Some even have mobile apps that potential customers can use to find local businesses. It’s hard to place a value on this kind of visibility.
Brand Image. When you join a chamber of commerce, you become recognized as a leader in the business community – a leader with credibility, expertise and trustworthiness. Chamber membership can greatly enhance how people perceive your brand.
Networking. Chamber members love to do business with each other, form strategic partnerships, and offer referrals for trusted colleagues. Networking opportunities exist at every chamber event, from committee meetings and seminars to business expos and job fairs.
Community Presence. A chamber of commerce isn’t just about growing revenue. An important role of a local chamber is to give back to the community where its customers live, shop, dine and go to school. Getting involved in philanthropic events and campaigns is extremely rewarding – and it’s smart business.
Education. Your local chamber is an invaluable resource for information about things like healthcare insurance, tax law, marketing strategy, and various local and state issues that affect the business community. Whether you want to learn how to become a better leader or use social media to grow your business, your local chamber probably offers seminars, luncheons or counseling that cover these and other topics.
Government Advocacy. The core function of a chamber of commerce is to advance the interests of its members. Most chambers work closely with government officials to make sure politicians are creating a business-friendly environment. This may include issues related to transportation, infrastructure and various local ordinances.
EZ Office Products is a proud member of the following chambers:
- Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce (GMCC)
- Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
- McFarland Chamber of Commerce
- Middleton Chamber of Commerce
- Monona Chamber of Commerce
- Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
- Watertown Chamber of Commerce
Chamber membership has been both rewarding and profitable for EZ Office Products. We encourage all local businesses to make a similar investment.