Over 600 businesses and organizations in our communities recognize the value of these services and support them through their Membership investment.
Providing opportunities for our Members to create awareness, to source and stimulate new business through “Business After 5″ and similar events. Our on-line connections via our Facebook Page & Group, Twitter and LinkedIn give Members direct access to information plus opportunities to share their own news, information and promotions.
Membership Benefit Programs
Businesses and organizations that are Chamber Members have access to a growing number of discount and benefit programs. In many cases, Chamber benefits extend to all employees and members of their immediate families. The Chamber’s Member Services staff can provide details on all programs in-person at the Chamber office, via telephone at 519-631-1981 or by direct email.
Programs available today are:
First Data Merchant Services – Credit Card and Debit Card payment processing
We provide information and develop marketing programs that encourage individuals, groups or businesses to consider residential and commercial investment in our communities. Maps, brochures, labour/market data, community profiles, directories, and other documents to assist anyone considering moving or investing in our area.
Promoting the contributions and importance of the business sector to our economy. Making the views of business known to governments, legislators, the media and the public. Encouraging plans and policies that will enhance the positive growth of business in our communities.
Community Information Services
We maintain the most comprehensive inventory of business and community information in our region. We produce a complete business directory of businesses registered as Members, in on-line and print versions, plus specialty directories of the hundreds of community services available to our residents. We process more than 2,000 inquiries every month through on-line directory searches and calls/visits to our office. In 2013, our on-line Business Directory (see link on our home page) was used by over 70,000 people who made over 291,000 searches of our data on local businesses, services and organizations. A large percentage are from residents seeking assistance in locating community and social services while others are responses to questions on making local investments, setting up a new business, or relocating to our area.
The Consumer-to-Business Link
We provide referrals and recommended sources for products and services to customers on behalf of our Member businesses. This can be particularly helpful to a new business whose identity has yet to be clearly established in the community. We also provide mediation services for customers seeking satisfaction from Member businesses and organizations.
Business Information Services
Keeping our Members informed and aware of changes affecting the welfare of their business. Everything from government legislation to demographic trends; from marketing to new business opportunities.
The opportunity for building connections with associates, clients, and business neighbours is provided by annual events such as our popular, monthly “Business After 5″ events; our annual Members Golf Day, Free Enterprise Awards, the State of the Municipalities Luncheon with our area Mayors, and our Outlook Economic Forecast Luncheon; or through display and trade-show events such as a regional event we hold in partnership with the Chambers of Commerce in our region, or our annual business show during National Small Business Week each October.
Interested becoming a Member? Please contact us to receive a Membership Kit or click on the “Membership” tab at the top of this page for access to our on-line and PDF applications.