Reasons Why You Should Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce

By: Kayla E. Hart

What does your local Chamber of Commerce (specifically the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce) do for you? …All of the things!

The most simple definition of a Chamber of Commerce is a local association to promote and protect the interests of the business community in a particular place. The chamber is made up of a group of businesses, and professionals who work together to improve the workplace, the success of businesses, and the quality of life of your community.

Receive Chamber Newsletters, and Weekly E-Mails

Newsletters provide current information on upcoming community events, articles about local businesses, and details about up-and-coming chamber events. The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce sends a Weekly Happenings e-mail blast every Thursday with a schedule of the current events in the Ellwood City Area business community, flyers promoting local businesses, save the dates, job postings, as well as their bimonthly newsletter.

Gain Customer Referrals

Both the public and business owners call the chamber daily looking for referrals of local businesses. If your business is on their member list, they will recommend you!

Networking Opportunities

The chamber hosts multiple different seminars, and business-to-business events for connecting with other local professionals. Did you know that the Ellwood City Area Chamber’s Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm. These are open meetings, and we encourage all of our members to attend!

Magnify Your Visibility in the Area

As a member of the chamber, they will gladly promote your grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. You will be listed on the chamber website, and online directory, and will have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications if your business is a member. There are also many event sponsorship opportunities available with cultural and community activities that will grow your business.

The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce has a following of over 4,000 people on social media, and we love to promote our members! The chamber highlights its members with posts such as membership Monday, live video interviews, positive review spotlights (wise words Wednesday), and new member shout outs.

We encourage ALL of our members to take advantage of these free advertising opportunities! (All you have to do is ask!)

Increase Your Credibility

When your business is associated with a chamber of commerce, you instantly increase the positive perception among consumers and other business owners.

Become Involved in Local Government

Your Chamber of Commerce presents business and civic issues to local, state, and national leadership and governing bodies. The chamber will use its resources for the betterment of small business owners!

The real question is, why wouldn’t you join your local Chamber of Commerce? If this isn’t enough to convince you, please feel free to contact our Membership Director, Loralei Gallaher-Hink, for more information about becoming a member of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce!

membership@ellwoodchamber.org (724)758-5501 806 Lawrence Avenue Ellwood City, PA 16117

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