Joining the Chamber of Commerce is a great way to gain new business prospects and attract more local business through resources available exclusively to members.
Perhaps the key reason to join is that it will establish your credibility within the community. Statistics indicate that approximately 64 percent of consumers say they are more impressed with a business associated with the local chamber of commerce. For a Chamber business member, this means you have the opportunity to create a sense of goodwill with your target audience - which in turn means they will be more likely to buy from you.
Every Chamber Member benefits from the following services with their membership:
Listing in Chamber Membership DirectoryAll Chamber members are listed in the annual print version of our membership directory FREE of charge. Members wishing to advertise in the publication may do so for a small additional fee.
Web Site Listing & LinkAll Chamber members are listed in the Chamber’s website Business Directory. This listing includes: Company name, Address, Phone Number, Contact Person, Email address and a FREE link to the member’s website or social media page.
Monthly Breakfasts with SpeakerA breakfast is hosted by the Chamber on the third Wednesday of every month at Majestic Steak House in Draffenville and features a guest speaker on topics of interest or concern to our members and our community. The cost is just $10 per-person and is a GREAT opportunity for members to get together and network with other business people in the community. Opportunities also exist for breakfast sponsorship, a great way to promote and highlight new products and service offerings to the business community. Check with the Chamber on sponsorship availability.
Credit Card Processing Discount(* recently added*) Through a partnership with a company called Infintech, Chamber Members can take advantage of group buying power and save anywhere from 20 to 40 percent on the cost of processing debit and credit cards. Infintech is bank neutral, and offers transparency in pricing so there are no surprise charges. Members can have current statements analyzed for FREE to see if use of Infintech can offer a cost savings. There are no contracts required.
Ribbon Cuttings for New Businesses, New Members, Relocations and New OwnersWhether a business is brand new, new to the Chamber, relocating to larger facility, or under new management, the Chamber can help publicize this. Simply select the day and time, and the Chamber will help get the word out to our membership and others who assist us with these events, as well as take photos of the event which will be sent to local news media outlets. The Chamber also provides the ceremonial ribbon and scissors.
Monthly Chamber E-NewsAll Chamber members who provide an email address will be sent our Chamber News You Can Use via email on a monthly basis as well as other Chamber updates and reminders as needed. Chamber businesses also have opportunity to place a coupon in the newsletter FREE of charge.
Lobbying on Business IssuesBecause the Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce in Marshall County is a member of both the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives, our members are part of a unified network of business advocates, giving the business community more leverage to influence polices and policymakers on the issues that affect local businesses.
Welcome Home Gift Bags(* recently added*) Chamber member businesses have the opportunity to place a coupon or promotional item in our new “Welcome Home” gift bags that are distributed to new residents of Marshall County. This is GREAT way to promote a member’s business to someone new to the community and an even better opportunity to gain a customer for life.
Discount on Email MarketingThrough a partnership with Constant Contact, Chamber Members are eligible to receive the Chamber Discount. This easy to use program is a great way to start communicating with customers via Email through pre-designed templates designed for everything from distributing quick blasts of information to detailed monthly newsletters. The program is very reasonably priced and being a Chamber member saves you even more.
Use of Chamber Conference RoomAll members are eligible to use the Chamber’s newly remodeled conference room FREE of charge, for meetings, training seminars, etc. The conference room is equipped with a 60” flat screen television and is wifi compatible. Call to check for availability before planning an event.
Business Referral ProgramThe Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce in Marshall County is loyal to its members. Whenever inquiries are received by the office regarding a particular service or product, only chamber members are referred.
“Business of the Month” PresentationsMost months the Chamber selects a deserving Chamber Member business which they name as their “Business of the Month”. This business is presented with a plaque and a photo, with write ups sent to local news media outlets to give the business additional recognition and publicity.
Relocation/Welcome Packets AvailableThe Chamber assembles packets of community information for people contemplating a move to the area and newcomers to the area. Included in these packets is the printed copy of the Chamber Membership Directory for them to use when seeking out particular services.
Information CenterAll members may take advantage of the opportunity to display brochures or business cards in the display racks located in our office.
Health Insurance DiscountThrough a partnership with KCCE, Chamber members have access to Chamber Advantage by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield which offers specially priced small group health, dental, life, vision and disability plans. Participants in Chamber Advantage receive a 2 percent discount on medical, dental and vision, and an 8.5 percent discount on life and short-term disability, as well as a 3.4 percent discount on long-term disability.
City/County Maps DistributedThe Chamber makes sure they have updated maps of the county available to assist anyone traveling or searching for people or places in the community. Members will be given first priority to advertise in this publication.
Business After Hours(as requested) The Chamber will assist any Chamber member business desiring to have a “Business After Hours” reception at their business. Simply select the day and time and the Chamber will help notify the member businesses for you. This is excellent opportunity for members to network with other members while you showcase your business.
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optional services with small fee
Business Page offering on Chamber’s WebsiteFor those who have not yet established a website or for those who just have not had the capital to invest in such a project, the Chamber of Commerce offers a viable solution. For a nominal fee, members can select one of our predesigned templates, provide all pertinent business information and enjoy a web presence complete with your own URL on the Chamber’s website
Advertising in Chamber Directory & County MapAll Members will have an opportunity to purchase advertising for the 600+ directories that are distributed each year and the 10,000 county maps that will be distributed over a two-year period.
Annual DinnerEach year the Chamber hosts an appreciation banquet where members are recognized for their commitment and contributions to the growth and development of our community. Members are invited to enjoy a great time of fellowship and networking, plus have an opportunity to highlight your business through event sponsorship. Donner tickets are available to members and the community, as well.
List or Mailing Labels for Chamber MembersChamber members may request a list of members for marketing purposes only, in an electronic Excel spreadsheet format or mailing labels for a small fee.