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The Chamber of Commerce – Business Helping Business

Author: Jan Fernandez    Posted: February 25, 2016

While employed with a prior company, I had asked about joining the local chamber of commerce to get to know the businesses around town. My employer overwhelmingly pooh-poohed the idea. Their opinion was that the chamber wasn’t really out to help business, they were more of a political front for their own agenda.

A few years later I started working at Rapport Benefits Group and noticed a Chamber sticker in our window. When I asked if we were actually members, one of our principals said, heck yes, it’s because of the chamber that we have one of our favorite clients. We belong to and represent the Chamber in many different ways.

According to The Small Business Blog on boston.com, Local chambers of commerce have long been a crucial element to the local area’s business initiatives. They foster a greater sense of business community, identify emerging leaders, and advocate on behalf of small businesses.

In a White Paper by Lauren Seitz “The Importance of a Chamber of Commerce to its Community”, A Chamber of Commerce is very important, not only to the business section of an area but to the whole community. If a community does not have a Chamber of Commerce, there may be no one to give tourists information or to help potential homebuyers or new businesses. Without a Chamber of Commerce, businesses in a community may be in disarray, but with a Chamber, businesses can be organized and friendly, which in turn attracts more businesses to the area to help provide for future prosperity for the community. According to a study by the Shapiro Group, 49% of consumers were more likely to think favorably of a local business if it was a member of the Chamber and 80% were more likely to purchase a product or serviced from a Chamber member – just like they did with Rapport Benefits Group.

Having served the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador for the past three years, I can tell you first hand that a membership in any Chamber of Commerce is as valuable as the effort that you put into it to network with other businesses. Chamber members are a group of business people dedicated to promoting the local business community. The referral resources are unlimited. It’s truly businesses helping businesses. Chambers offer so many resources for its members such as access to a large health plan trust, marketing and social media education classes, general business classes, and the list goes on.

So, is it worth the money to join? In my opinion yes.

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