Frequently Asked Questions
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Who can attend Chamber events?
Anyone who is employed by a company that is a Member of the Chamber is eligible to attend events. In some cases we will host events offered to the general public, in which case would be specified in the event description.
What is the dress code for Chamber events?
In two words: business comfortable. For our monthly Business After 5 events, it's expected that you wear whatever you wore to work that day. For other events, the dress code will be specified either on the ticket or in the event description.
What does the Chamber of Commerce Do?
The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, not-for-profit business organization which works to create and retain jobs within the City of St. Thomas, Municipality of Central Elgin and the Township of Southwold. We collaborate, we engage, and we work to adapt to change in our economy. The Chamber is part of the world-wide Chamber of Commerce/Boards of Trade network. Locally, the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce recognizes over 540 businesses and organizations as Members and over 1,300 individuals as voting representatives.
How is the Chamber of Commerce Financed?
The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is financed by the business community alone. Membership fees provide approximately one-third of the Chambers’ revenue. The balance is earned through projects, programs and activities.
Does the Chamber distribute/sell Member Information?
I want to make changes to my directory listing/business information, How can I do this?
Can I add someone to my membership or the e-newsletter?
Yes you can, this can be done by contacting the Chamber office.
How can I volunteer with the Chamber?
Please refer to our Staff & Volunteers page for more information.
What are my online benefits of being a Chamber Member?
Being a Member of the Chamber of Commerce gets your business featured in our online business directory, where important contact information and a description of your business is displayed. Further options will present themselves as we continue to develop our website.
How can I advertise with the Chamber of Commerce?
There are many ways to advertise your business through the Chamber. The most notable option is with our weekly email newsletter; Green Mail. For more information, contact Christy Hunking at 519-631-1981 x526 or by email.
How do I create a website login for my business?
If your business or organization is now registered as a Member, you can designate people to have an account to act on behalf of that business or organization. If you don't yet have an login account you can contact us at the Chamber to have it created.
How can I get word of my business' event to the chamber membership?
The Chamber is a specialist in information and communication and has several targeted and focused tools to reach hundreds of local businesses and thousands of people who work in them. Our weekly Green Mail newsletter is an advertising option and reaches over 2,000 inboxes every week. Ask us about a special service for Members called Green Mail Exclusive. Attend our events and do some one-on-one networking. Consider ad opportunities here on the Chamber website. Ask us about the Chamber’s Business Beat section in This Month In Elgin magazine.
Where can I promote my event online for free?
Our social media is your social media. Any business or organization that is a Member of the Chamber is welcome to connect to our Facebook Page, and to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Once linked, Members can post news, announcements and events. Whenever we can, we will share and re-post. Hint: It’s hard to guarantee we will see every post 24/7. Sending a note our way to firstname.lastname@example.org will help get the attention you’re looking for.