Whether you’ve been a Goddard Chamber member for years or if you’ve recently discovered the benefits of chamber membership (link to our blog about why to join a chamber), it’s crucial to understand how to maximize your membership and all of the benefits it affords you. Do you want to gain customers? Do you want to get your business name out there? Do you want to be part of an organization striving for positive change in the Goddard Community?
Of course you do! That’s why you joined the Chamber in the first place, right? Membership to the Goddard Chamber of Commerce is an amazing way to become part of an interconnected community of business professionals committed to bettering themselves, each other, and Goddard as a whole. No matter what level of membership you have chosen, you have numerous benefits available to you!
One of the most valuable and accessible benefits of Chamber membership are the numerous networking opportunities available to you. Monthly luncheons, coffees, and after hours events allow you to mix and mingle with fellow members. Making connections with other members can lead not only to customer referrals, but also to business-to-business referrals. The more contacts you make, the more you can grow your business.
In addition to networking, Chamber membership affords you a wealth of professional development opportunities. Attending monthly luncheons and Lead G quarterly leadership lunches provide continuing education on a variety of topics. Presenting at monthly luncheons or events like the 2020 Health Fair allow you to flex your public speaking muscles. And, of course, joining one of the Chamber’s committees helps develop leadership skills.
And, not only are these incredible networking and development activities available to you as a business owner, but your team is also welcome to take advantage of these opportunities. While you may not have the time to carve out for every Chamber event or committee meeting, there may be someone on your team that would benefit from attending and developing their talents.
Another benefit of Chamber membership is access to sponsorship opportunities that will help get your business name out in the community. People want to do business with those they know, like, and trust, and seeing your company name as a Chamber event sponsor or a digital sponsor puts you at the front of consumers’ minds.
Finally, membership to the Goddard Chamber of Commerce gives you an amazing opportunity to become involved in one of the greatest communities in Kansas. Goddard is growing and thriving, and the Chamber is one of the organizations at the forefront of the movement for positive change in our community.
The most important thing to remember about your Chamber membership, though, is that your return on your investment is almost entirely up to you. If you sign up for a Chamber membership and do nothing else, you’ll get some exposure for your business, but the more involved you are in the Chamber, the more benefits you’ll see come your way.