The Chamber of Commerce Your Business Partner
It does not matter what your industry is or what business you are in, support is key. Support from like-minded people can help you to find success. There are many resources that we all tap into like online groups or social media but a largely untapped resource is on the community level. The Chamber of Commerce in your local community can be a huge untapped resource.
Helping Keep Small Business Alive
Every community has a Chamber of Commerce or at least they should (start one if you do not have one in your community). The idea of a community level Chamber of Commerce dates back to the 1500’s where the first formal group was founded in France. Of course the idea of a community of businesses coming together to provide support for local businesses can likely be dated back to ancient times.
The goal of any Chamber is to help to further the interests of small businesses in a local area. The activities can range from hosting events, to lobbying local representatives to charitable works for the betterment of the community.
The community level Chamber of Commerce helps to keep small businesses in the local area alive and a viable option to community members.
How Can it Help You?
As a small business owner it is imperative that you network. The Chamber of Commerce gives you the opportunity to meet with other local business owners and network. Of course they also present business owners in a positive light to the community.
The Chamber of Commerce is essential to the growth and in some cases the revitalization of a local area. Through lobbying activities and grant preparation activities the Chamber of Commerce can help to find some much needed funding to improve a local area.
Free marketing. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce you will get free promotion. Many people use their local Chamber as an authority to find products and services. Of course that free promotion spills over to your ability to market business to business because you will have access to the list of other business owner members.
Exclusive advertising perks are also a benefit of the Chamber of Commerce. In many local publications members of the Chamber of Commerce are listed. It also adds credibility to your business when you are a member.
The Chamber of Commerce is a valuable tool for any small business owner and it should be fully embraced.