Chamber of Commerce

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by DynaMow, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. DynaMow

    DynaMow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Who is or has been a member of their local Chamber of Commerce? What are the pros/cons?

    Reason I ask is I am looking at city paper and they have a list of members and there are more LCOs in my neighborhood then members of the C.O.C.

    Whats are your thoughts?
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    Was a member when I had my pet store. Now I am not a member, I am thinking next year I will sign up. The Chamber in my town seems to be joke, they have irriated a lot of business owners. I think it is good for a business' to belong to civic groups. The CoC might be a way to network with other members. Does membership offer any advantages to you as a business owner?
  3. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
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    My company joined a few years ago and have had several jobs come from being at the meetings and meeting all the other business owners. We have even had a few customer call and tell us that they got our number from someone at the chamber office. I would join up and make some new friends in other types of business and maybe find some new work because of it.
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Check with your insurence co. they often give discounts to members and it more than covers the cost. :)
  5. DynaMow

    DynaMow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice, thank you sir. Mac are you a member in your area?

    Fordsuvparts - your post is exactly why I am thinking it would be a good thing.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    yep, It allows you to be around others business owners and the city. The city gets free labor or some materials for holidays or to spruce up a park and I get the free advertisement of having my name in the paper as the company donating some work. After a couple of yrs it starts to pay off in more work in the "hood"
  7. bln

    bln LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am a member of the new chamber formed here and I now have the opportunity to place bids on 1.2 million dollars worth of work. This wouldn't have been possible if i wasn't a member. Just join and if you get one business contact then your efforts paid for them self.
  8. DynaMow

    DynaMow LawnSite Senior Member
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    See thats one of the things I am after, because my goal is to do all my services in my city of Stow and never leave city limits.
  9. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am a member and its been great. They have alot of information and is a great place to promote your business.

    Thank you Staten Island Chamber of Commerce!!

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