You might have seen information about chambers of commerce and wondered if it was worth it for your business to become a member. You don’t want to spend money on a membership that won’t help your business.
Joining a chamber of commerce can be a great decision. Below are some of the Hollister Chamber of Commerce membership benefits, along with ways you can get the most out of your membership.
A chamber of commerce is an organization that looks out for business interests in a particular area. There are national, state, and local chambers of commerce.
Local chambers of commerce are businesses joined together to improve their value, visibility, and credibility; share news, ideas, and best practices; qualify for higher negotiated group savings on the products and services they use; and become better connected with the markets they serve and the resources they need to serve them.
Chamber of commerce membership comes with a price, but there are ways you can maximize your return on investment.
Membership costs vary between chambers. The cost is typically based on the size of your business.
Some chambers will have multiple pricing levels. As the cost of each level increases, so does the number of benefits you can receive. If your chamber has a pricing tier, you can choose a level that matches your budget and the benefits you wish to receive.
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.
“The more you engage, the more you get to know the other community and business leaders that can advocate for your interests too"
You can obtain marketing through your chamber. Free marketing will expose customers to your business with no extra cost to you.
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.
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. Chambers provide 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.
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.
Joining the Hollister Chamber of Commerce could be a smart business decision for you.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 674
Hollister, Missouri 65673
Chairman of the Board: John Hagey
Administrative Assistant: Alice Yeager