Small Businesses in America are the backbone of our economic engine. In 2010 there were 27.5 Million small businesses in the US and they represented 49.2% of the private sector jobs. Needless to say supporting the businesses in your community can have a long lasting effect on the economy and locally the chamber of commerce helps to move things along. Here are 5 ways to support your local chamber and make a lasting impact on your community.
1. Support Other Chamber Members
Visiting chamber of commerce member businesses strengthens community ties, boosts the local economy, improves the chamber of commerce’s reputation and influence and creates professional relationships among members.
Each local chamber of commerce website contains a directory that makes it easy to find businesses that meet your needs. Whether you are looking for an advertising company, a PR firm or a place to go to lunch, these directories highlight the best organizations your area has to offer.
Volunteers are vital to ensuring that the chamber is able to provide the workshops, services and events businesses need to grow in their markets. Check out your local chamber’s upcoming events calendar to see your opportunities to get involved, or even offer to host an event at your business. Chambers appreciate all the help they can get. You know you can count on them to help your business, so why not return the favor?
3. Encourage Other Businesses to Join
Two-thirds of consumers believe that chamber of commerce members are more likely to use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in the community, according to a national study conducted by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Becoming a chamber of commerce member helps businesses establish a good reputation, as consumers are 49% more likely to think favorably of member businesses as well as 80% are more likely to purchase goods or services from them. More chamber of commerce members leads to a larger number of small businesses prospering in the area, and therefore a stronger local economy.
In addition, join the U.S. Chamber and be a part of the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.
4. Follow Your Chamber on Social Media
If you haven’t already, follow your local chamber on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on the programs and events they’re offering.
Want to stay in tune with business issues nationwide? Check out U.S. Chamber’s Free Enterprise and Above the Fold. Free Enterprise highlights innovative businesses across the country, while Above the Fold advocates for a stronger national economy and analyzes regulatory threats to American business. Subscribe to both for business success stories and policy updates from Washington.
Chambers of commerce exist to support their communities and bolster business growth. If there are services, information or training you need to aid productivity, don’t hesitate to reach out to board members to see if they can set something up. Your membership is a powerful resource. Odds are, if your business is struggling with a problem, other business are as well.
Local chambers were feeling the love on Wednesday, and by interacting with your local chamber throughout the year you give them the opportunity to return that support.
Thank you to all of our nation’s chamber of commerce members who voiced their appreciation on social media. Here were some of our most heartwarming posts of the day: