Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Join the Chamber of Commerce: Business & Non-Business Welcome!

Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce President, Diane Caughlin, shares reasons for joining the Chamber:

~ You tap into an extensive volunteer base that acts as an arm of your business, by providing marketing and promotional assistance and educational opportunities, and by working to improve the quality of life in our community -- all in the name of member businesses!

~ Membership in Chamber is a rite of passage, an investment in the health and abundance of your business, and a way to harness the collective power that is available from creating a solid business community.

~ Many opportunities to network, advertise, and communicate open up when you join the Chamber! Another key reason business people join Chamber is to get the inside scoop on what is happening in the County, often before others know and well in advance of it being printed in the papers.

~ What we do know is that a community that acts like a community - that is, one that bands together to reach common goals – will be more successful than a similar number of individuals all acting alone. In other words, the old adage rings true… “There is strength in numbers”. And whether it’s for tourist promotion, efforts to promote local economic health, or even support for community events, a critical mass of support is essential for success.

~ The Chamber Information Center is a popular stop for tourists and as a member of the Chamber you may place your promotional materials at the Information Center located on the community hall wall, for no fee. We have plans to move it to the front wall of the Radio Station.

~ The Chamber fulfills literally hundreds of information requests every year. Requests arrive by mail, email and telephone, and we make certain to answer all questions thoroughly and quickly. We feel good service reflects well on our town – good impressions are invaluable, and we only connect Chamber members with the people looking for their services.

~ The Chamber supports community events that bring visitors to town. Some of the events we support are: the 4th of July Celebration, Spring Fling, Trunk or Treat. This year we are also inviting groups such as car, motorcycle, church, etc., to come here, stay in our town, and use the services we provide.

~ The Chamber will host periodic business-training seminars this year, to help small businesses fulfill their goals and connect with helpful resources and information.

~ The Chamber emails notices to our members prior to all Chamber events and whenever there is something of interest to share with members.

~ The Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce maintains our popular website, which contains much interesting and useful information for those interested in learning more about the Garden Valley area. The site maintains a comprehensive, and regularly updated, calendar of Valley-wide events. As an added benefit, Chamber member businesses are listed in the on-line business directory and provided a free link to their business website.

~ You support the community that supports your business, and you establish a certain amount of credibility in the business community, as well as with the general public.
Your membership investment is 95% tax deductible. Your dues, as a business, are $80 per year. With this, you have the opportunity to eat dinner at ten meetings throughout the year! It pretty much pays for itself!

~  Non-business community members are invaluable and are welcome to join for $30 per year. Dinner deal applies to all members!

Diane Caughlin, President

Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 10
Garden Valley, Idaho 83622

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