Why Become A Chamber Member
The results are in, and the facts show that when a business is active in its local chamber it is doing the right thing, not only for the community, but for its own success.
A new national study reveals that membership in a local chamber of commerce can significantly boost a company’s image among consumers, as well as among other businesses.
Just the Facts
When consumers know that a small business is a member of the local chamber they are 63% more likely to patronize the business in the future and 44% more likely to think favorably of the business.
- When consumers know that a restaurant franchise, for example, is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 50% more likely to eat at the franchise more often.
- When consumers know that an insurance company, as another example, is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43% more likely to consider buying insurance from it.
- When consumers know that an auto manufacturer, as a final example, is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 9% more likely to consider purchasing their next car from that company.
Obviously, both small local businesses and larger national companies benefit from the credibility and enhanced image Chamber membership brings to them.
As a member of the Chamber, you gain a network of business partners who work together to help and promote Okeechobee's growing economy.
At the Chamber, a number of networking and educational events are planned regularly that can help you get to know people and to get to know how the Chamber works. When you work on a committee, you are working together toward a common goal aimed at achieving the same purpose – for members to network with each other. Once you develop relationships with fellow Chamber members, they will begin to feel comfortable with you and either do business with you and/or refer you to others.