Chamber of Commerce

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  • 1. Background Founded in 1919 Private business membership organization, 501(c)6 organization Volunteer Board of Directors, Committees, and paid staff Revenue generated from membership & programs Member of both U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • 2. Kathyrn Gratton Director of Membership Sales Your Contact for: New Membership ~ Presentations~ Membership Committee~ Chamber Connects Donna Long Director of Operations Your Contact for: Volunteering for Events ~ Billing ~ Dues Renewal~ Planning Events~ Business & Education Partnership Committee Jill Reddecliff Director of Member Services Your Contact for: Marketing ~ Retention~ Ribbon Cuttings ~ Ambassador Committee Kendra Fritsch Office Coordinator Your Contact for: General Questions~ Registrations~ Profile Updates~ Scheduling Meetings
  • 3. Accounting Advertising Real Estate Professional Services Legal Services Construction Firms Computer/ Technology Services Cleaning Services Marketing Firms Media Outlets Restaurants Caterers Civic Groups Non-Profits Government Agencies Schools Secondary Education Medical Industry Banks Financial Planners Insurance Companies Car Dealerships Automotive Repairs Staffing Companies Engineering Firms Beauty Salons and Spas Electrical Contractors Plumbers HVAC Contractors Doctors Dentists Orthodontists Funeral Services Hearing Specialists Hotels/ B&Bs Retail Shops Agriculture Employee Benefits Travel Pet Services Jewelers Manufacturers Bio-Technology Firms Museums Sports Teams Wineries Pharmacies Photographers Trash Removal Networking Groups Emergency Services Associations Consultants And many many more businesses!
  • 4. 398 66 46 27 16 Members By Size of Staff 20 or Less Employees 21-50 Employees 51-100 Employees 101-300 Employees 300+ Employees
  • 5. Learning Lunch Hour: Business Educational Series ~ held the 1st Tue from 11:30am- 1pm ~ located at Bulls and Bears Eggs & Issues: Informational Series~ held the 1st Wed from 7:30am-9am ~ located at Academy Theatre Savvy Managers Book Club: Business Book Club ~ held the 3rd Wed from 8am-9am ~ located at Kaplan University Business After Hours: Networking Event ~ held the 3rd Thurs from 5pm-7pm ~ Location varies Computer Tips & Tricks: Brush up on Microsoft programs ~ held the 3rd Fri from 8:30am-10am ~ located at Kaplan University Morning Mixer: Networking Event ~ held the 4th Wed from 7:30am-9am ~ Location varies Chamber Connects Groups: Networking Groups ~ held 2nd & 4th weeks
  • 6. Washington County Business Awards State of the County State of the City Teacher of the Year Awards Commerce Cup Golf Tournament Just Us Girls Diamond Soiree Chamber Annual Meeting Economic Summit Minority Business Luncheon
  • 7. And how can I fit it into my schedule?
  • 8. Attend/ Present at Learning Lunch Hour Attend an Eggs & Issues Join a Committee Join a Chamber Connects Group
  • 9. Network at a Business After Hours Network at a Morning Mixer Attend a Ribbon Cutting event Attend Chamber 101 Attend New Member Reception
  • 10. Check out the M2M & Affinity programs Submit & promote one of your own events Add your materials to our Welcome Bags & Relocation Packets Manage online referrals you receive Add an article to the newsletter Promote your Member News Sponsor an Event
  • 11. 5,056,682 Referrals 3,917 per Member 13,854 each day
  • 12. Newsletter Articles Member Offers News Website Member Events Advertising Directory Listings Connect with Social Media Hyperlinks to your website Post Job Listings Marketing Sponsor Events Ribbon Cuttings Email Advertising Money Section of Herald Mail Mailing Lists
  • 13. Affinity Programs are designed to help protect your bottom line and offer competitive costs that we, the Chamber, have negotiated for our members. Merchant Services Energy Savings Email Services M2M Benefits These offers are created by our members to generate business with other members. We average about 70 offers monthly ranging from: College Tuition Salon Services Web Hosting Entertainment Restaurants Catering Services Photography Specials Energy Services Automotive Services Internet Providers Deals can change at anytime refer to the Chamber website for a complete list
  • 14. Work with Lobbyist to stay informed of legislative agenda Lobby Annapolis for Washington County Business Protected $18 million in funding for Washington County Member Lobbying Coalition Attend Events with Local and State Representatives Events involving Local Government Help lead the political direction of the Chamber Government Affairs Committee Promote Business Interests in Local Media Outlets
  • 15. People often say that motivation doesnt last. Well, neither does bathing thats why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar