Benefits of Membership
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medical Insurance
-Members of the Indian River Chamber of Commerce are eligible to
participate in one of several Blue Cross Blue Shield medical
plans designed to meet your needs.
Brochure, Literature and Business Card Display
- The Chamber office features five brochure racks and two business
card racks that display promotional material. The racks are
maintained by the Chamber office, and you will be notified when
your supply is running low. Promotional literature is used for
visitors as well as mailing in response to specific inquires.
Newsletter - The Chamber publishes a
weekly e-newsletter. These newsletters inform our members of
upcoming events, Chamber functions, new members, creative
promotional ideas, advertising opportunities, and updates from
the Chamber Board Meetings. The Chamber also publishes a
weekly Weekend Guide that promotes Chamber member weekend events
Business Referrals - The Chamber fields thousands of calls a year about our
community. While many people assume that most calls are for
accommodations, we answer inquiries for all types of specific
Networking Opportunities - Business after hours is one example of an opportunity to
interact with other area business people like you, swap secrets
of the trade, and meet decision makers of our community.
Remember, “Word of Mouth” is the most cost-effective way to
Internet Access - The Indian River Chamber of Commerce went on line in 1997 with
our own website. We are proud to showcase our member businesses
with their own descriptive listing, and a link to their own
Other Benefits - Through the years, the Chamber has provided both its membership
and the community a set of services that no other agency is in a
position to deliver. In addition to the services described
above, membership also includes the following:
Vacation Planner & Membership Directory
Annual Promotional Events
Business consultation with the Michigan
Small Business Technology Development Center
Affordable Advertising Opportunities
National and State-Wide Affiliations
Is the local Chamber for you?
As the owner of a small or home-based business, you may have
heard of the Indian River Chamber of Commerce but wondered if it
was right for your type of business. You’re not alone.
Misconceptions and questions about Chambers are plentiful.
Consequently, many businesses dismiss the idea of Chamber
Membership without understanding the concept and benefits in
their business. Here are some of the most common questions asked
about Chamber Membership
What is the Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber is a group of business people representing businesses
for the betterment of its community. Strength of the business
community strengthens the community overall. Each Chamber
develops a set of goals and objectives specific to their
community, addressing the concerns and issues that pertain to
Who belongs to the Chamber?
Chamber members range from home-based businesses to larger
corporations and retail operations. All sizes and types of
businesses are represented. Chamber members may be located in
Indian River, or do business in the Indian River area. Much
effort is put into addressing the common needs of all members
regardless of size, type or location. Each member of the Indian
River Chamber is committed to growth and prosperity of our
community and preservation of our precious natural resources.
How will I, as a small or home-based business, benefit from a
As a member of the Chamber, you will have the opportunity to…
Enhance your business image of
professionalism, integrity and credibility.
Extend your network of business contacts and
prospective client base.
Develop a non-competitive playing field with
Receive referrals from other members and
from your Chamber office.
Market your products and services through
advertising and promotional opportunities.
Increase business community visibility
through Chamber activities and programs.
Expand your opportunities for personal and
professional growth and development.
Help guide the future of the business
community, including Chamber development.
Become involved in community, regional and
state government activities.
Which activities are available, and how will
they benefit you?
The Chamber has different activities and committees
available in which you can become involved. Activities include
networking events, seminars, keynote speakers, trade show
display activities and social events such as committee meeting
involvement. Activities and events are structured to help you
become more successful in your business and/or make the crucial
contacts to develop your business network of prospects and
How can I be sure I get my money’s worth out of my Chamber
Chamber Membership is like a vending machine. You put your money
in, but what you get out of it depends on the buttons you push.
SO DO IT! Get involved, meet people and build your network!
Remember, as a member, it’s your Chamber – let it work for you.
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