If you were
to put a dollar figure on the marketing, political
contacts, research information, and abundant opportunities to promote your own business, it would more than likely exceed the dues paid to be a member. It’s the willingness to become engaged that gives you the chance to help your business community grow and prosper.
AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS!
•Tax Deductible - Chamber membership can
be considered to be a necessary advertising/marketing expense.
•Recognition – as a business that is here to stay. Show that you are interested in the long-term success of your business and our community.
Services Provided to Members
•Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies – for new
businesses, during the first year of membership.
•New Member Orientations –to inform new members of how to take advantage of the Chamber membership.
•Business Agenda Listing – new member’s company name and contact information is listed in the printed newsletter. (One time only)
•Business Directory –Members are listed
alphabetically, by the contact(s) and in their business category.
•Business Agenda Update– Let us feature your professional accomplishments in the Member Updates in the weekly email blast for FREE!
•Business & Breakfast – A great
networking opportunity hosted by members, For you to meet other business
professionals before the day gets started.
In addition to the networking opportunities you will also have a chance to
be the “Spotlight Business” which will enable you, free of charge, to have a
few minutes to address the group and inform them of how your business can help
•Business After Hours - A dynamic monthly networking opportunity in a low pressure, professional setting each month to establish new business contacts. Chamber Members tend to do business with and promote fellow Chamber Members; therefore we provide the opportunity to meet and inform your colleagues of your business. If they don’t know what you do, they can’t help promote you! Members are welcome to host either the Business & Breakfast or the Business after Hours, and you can make plans to do that by calling the Chamber Office.
•Business Showcase – A trade show designed to provide companies an opportunity to show off their products and services to hundreds of potential clients.
•Power Networking Luncheon - Our Power Networking Luncheon is a structured networking event similar to "speed dating." After enjoying lunch with the participants, you will be assigned a number and then sent to network with others who have your number. Everyone gets a minute to share with their group, then numbers are changed and you switch to a new group. This is the place to find some serious business leads. The luncheon is $17 for Chamber members and $27 for General Admission.
•Annual Meeting – Each year the Chamber celebrates its New Year in recognizing its volunteer leadership as well as the organizations Small/Large Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and the Citizen of the Year. Entertainment, dinner and networking at its best!
•Leadshare Networking Groups – Leadshare is a pro-active approach for supplementing your business growth through the process of giving and receiving business leads within a structured environment.
Do You Know A.N.I.E.?
•Advocacy – Many issues challenge the businesses within our region. We monitor issues that could impact businesses and provide ongoing information to keep you, as a business person, informed about how to vote on an issue and where to go to make your opinions known.
•Networking – Networking is a major function within the Chamber. Business leaders know that it is vital to establish relationships on a solid foundation before they expect to derive any benefit from just passing business cards. Networking is a way to build trust, and become a key resource for your clients and customers. The Chamber believes that Networking is at the heart of developing those long lasting relationships needed for you to be successful business.
•Information – Chambers have long been considered an information resource within their communities. Since 1917, that has been the case for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber. Through many name changes, as our service area has grown, we strive daily to keep up to date information and resources about our community. We maintain an extensive database of business members and services offered by them. We keep economic data as well as contact information to local governmental agencies.
•Education – Our membership comprises of about 80% small businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Often they do not have the resources to provide training. Through strategic partnerships such as the SBDC, and providers within our membership, we offer on going education opportunities which will support their growth and development. Examples are how to use Social Networking, Effective Business Networking, Retailing from the floor up, just to name a few.
Outstanding Marketing Opportunities
•Membership Sticker – Display it proudly
so that all who visit your establishment will know that you are a quality
business and that you have made an investment in our community to insure that Clarke,
Frederick, Winchester remains a great place to work, live and visit.
•Mailing List On Disk – Available to members at a discounted price so that you can target your company’s mailings to any specific group of professionals by using the best list available.
•Web Exposure – Thanks to www.regionalchamber.biz members have an increased exposure for your business through the Internet. All members are listed under a category for their type of business with a free hot link to their website within our searchable database.
•Internet Marketing Opportunities – In addition to a basic listing in our online directory, Chamber members can purchase enhanced advertising packages such as banner ads and online publication ads.
•Referrals – The Chamber office fields referral calls daily, so please be sure to keep all information updated so that your business can benefit from referrals.
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber
407 South Loudoun Street - Winchester, VA 22601