Businesses join the chamber for many different reasons. There’s a benefit for just about everyone. Whether you join as a sole proprietor or choose to invest at the premier level, our benefits are designed to help you get the most out of your membership. Call the chamber at 605-224-7361 and speak to our Membership Director for more detailed information about what a chamber membership can do for you.
Members receive free publicity via the chamber’s monthly newsletter and weekly “What’s Happening” e-mail. The publications highlight members’ special events, press releases and community events. Members are also encouraged to promote their business or organization at no charge by using the chamber’s “Hot Deals” and there are many sponsorship opportunities on our website or during any of our chamber events. As an added bonus, all chamber members are listed on our online directory. Each year thousands of potential customers click on our website to find businesses, products and service.
Every year the chamber receives hundreds of requests for names of local businesses, professionals and services. Only chamber members re referred. Business acquaintances like to support their colleagues in their own community. Studies have shown consumers like to do business with chamber members and think more favorably about a business which is a chamber member than one who is not.
How you treat your customers is important. The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau holds an annual Customer Service Seminar each May to help front-line employees gear up for the upcoming tourist season. The seminar is not only for the visitor industry. Any member who wants to learn new ways to keep their customers satisfied and coming back is welcome to attend the seminar. We are always looking for other topics of interest for our members and incorporate other seminars as necessary.
All members are encouraged to attend monthly Business After Hours events, ribbon cuttings and ground breakings. More than once we’ve heard of some significant business deals made at one of our chamber events. In addition to making those personal contacts, each month chamber members are entered into a Progressive Drawing to earn cash for their business. All they have to do to win is show up. We also provide a place online for members to network. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and let us help you reach out to new customers through our contacts.
Need a place to meet? Chamber members get a discounted rate when renting the Community Room. Looking for new employees? List unlimited openings at no charge on the Chamber’s website. Want to develop your employees’ leadership skills? Encourage them to get active in one of our chamber committees. All these perks are exclusive to chamber members.