Being a chamber of commerce member comes with many benefits that can boost your business. In addition to the direct savings and growth benefits, membership also supports community and non-profit projects that keep the local market strong and growing (and able to buy!), and supports efforts that provide a top-of-the-line workforce, Here is a list of some of the benefits for your business:
Programs & Events
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce holds several monthly and annual events throughout the year to help give your business exposure. Sponsorship packages are offered to help promote your business to the community and other business leaders in the community. Also,we host the Aurora Chamber annual golf outing with over 100 golfers attending, the Aurora Fall Fest and Business Showcase is attended by several hundred community members every year. The Aurora Chamber of Commerce Community guide is a printed piece that showcases business of Aurora.
When you join a chamber, you can network with other member businesses. By networking, you get to know others in your community, develop partnerships, and support other businesses. If your business is ever in need, you’ll have a community of business owners to turn to for help. Our Chamber offers a multitude of opportunities to network some include: First Friday Networking on the Go (Monthly Multi-Chamber Event), All About Your Business (Idea sharing round table for your specific business industry), and Happy Hour Networking gatherings (monthly gatherings at local member establishments).
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce supports member businesses. It acts as a voice for the common interests of members.
You also have the opportunity to get involved in your chamber. You could have the chance to influence your local government on issues that impact small businesses. Many local, state and federal elected officials attend meetings thus giving you a chance to engage with them.
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce helps promote your business, on many social media platforms, including our website, social media, community events, and print advertising. The Aurora Chamber of Commerce might have a larger following than your business, so any exposure the chamber gives to your business can be beneficial. Leading to increased internet exposure & search engine optimization. Take advantage of free positive brand recognition and exposure on the chamber’s website and larger social networks, and the many cost-effective advertising and sponsorship opportunities offered by chamber newsletters, digital marketing campaigns, and events to reach more of your market for less. We also offer Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Events to new business as well as an intensive On-Line Website Directory.
By displaying membership window sticker and logo on website makes your business more desirable to customers. According to a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services,” when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.” A chamber membership can increase your profits because customers view your business more favorably.
By joining a chamber of commerce, you can gain discounts on many of your business needs. You can get discounts on health insurances (Anthem Chamber Saver & SOCA anthem MEWA), office supplies, shipping discounts and Community Energy Advisors (purchasing and efficiency programs).
Chamber members will often offer discounts to one another. Is your business having a lunch meeting? Check for discounts with restaurants who are members of your chamber. Need special fliers for an event or sale? A print shop that is a chamber member might offer you a reduced rate.
You might be able to deduct membership fees as allowable business expenses. This helps counteract the cost of the membership. To learn more, see “Club dues and membership fees” under “Miscellaneous Expenses” in IRS Publication 535.
While chamber of commerce membership has a price, there are many benefits to joining. The Aurora Chamber of Commerce provides you with opportunities to get involved in your community and to better your business. And, there are ways to make the membership cost more manageable for your small business budget. When you get involved with your chamber of commerce, you will become better connected to your community. You will become more aware of community and business issues. You can help solve problems, and members can help you solve your problems.