Myth: The Chamber of Commerce is a charitable organization to which I should donate my money.
Myth Buster: The Chamber of Commerce is a business organization that works to improve the economic climate within the city, county, and region. Membership fees are investments into the work of the chamber and into the individual business itself.
Myth: The Chamber of Commerce is part of City Government.
Myth Buster: The Chamber of Commerce is an independent 501(c)(6) organization with its own board of directors and is funded by its members.
Myth: The chamber concentrates only on larger businesses, and mine is too small to benefit.
Myth Buster: Most members of the Chamber of Commerce are small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. There are many ways to benefit such as taking advantage of networking events, monthly luncheons, professional development seminars, ribbon cuttings, and website advertising. Simply reading our weekly e-news keeps you in the loop on what’s going on in and around the community.
Myth: If I can’t come to chamber events, I should not be a member.
Myth Buster: Your membership is working for you even if you aren’t working for your membership. With our new Search Engine Optimized website, your listing is getting daily views. Also, your window cling, membership plaque, and directory listing make a strong statement about you and your business – that you care about the community and are a credible, upstanding business. And finally, the chamber does not refer non-chamber members for goods and services, so you have a leg up on some of your competitors.
Myth: The Chamber of Commerce is just a social club, and I already have all the friends I need.
Myth Buster: First of all, people love doing business with people they know, so you can never have enough friends. But more importantly, the Chamber of Commerce makes in impact on the community in ways you might not see. The chamber works, often behind the scenes, to advocate on members’ behalf. They bring together stakeholders and decision makers for economic and workforce development. They keep their members informed of relevant news or opportunities for specific business sectors. They highlight the attributes a city offers to bring in tourists and new residents. They unify communities.