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Chamber Benefits

A national survey by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives found that two-thirds of consumers believe chamber member companies use good business practices, are reputable, and care about their customers. Members have a 49% increase in consumer favorability, a 73% increase in consumer awareness, a 68% increase in local reputation, and an 80% increase in the likelihood consumers will patronize the business.
 

Your Membership Benefits Include:

Networking

  • Be part of a network of over 450 Chamber member businesses and organizations and their representatives
  • Participate in 12 Business After Hours events hosted by a different business each month, free to Chamber member organization employees
  • Participate in our signature events: Business Showcase, A Taste of St. Mary’s, Golf Outing, Spirits of Maryland, and other Chamber events

Advocacy

  • Free Membership in the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Federation (must have 10 or fewer full-time employees to qualify) includes Maryland Chamber of Commerce membership ($750 value), weekly updates during the legislative session, discounts on state events, and access to the Members Only portion of their website
  • Interacting with legislators , elected and public officials: Annual Legislative Breakfast, State of the County Luncheon, State of St. Mary’s County Public Schools Luncheon, and candidate forums during election years

Promotion Opportunities

  • Free social media link of choice in online business directory
  • Free alphabetical and categorical listing in our annual St. Mary’s County Community Guide, distributed widely throughout the county
  • Free business listing on the Chamber’s website
  • Publication of newsworthy information about your business in the Chamber Update and on the website at no charge
  • Business referrals to visitors, individuals relocating to the area, residents contacting the chamber office, and online through member directory
  • Advertising in our monthly newsletter, the Chamber Update or the St. Mary’s County Community Guide (cost varies on size of ad, location, and publication)
  • Advertising on the Chamber website (cost varies on type of ad and location)
  • Ribbon cutting for new or expanding businesses
  • Use of the Chamber logo for your organization/business website
  • Offering member-to-member discounts or promotional coupons
  • Becoming a Corporate Partner or Event Sponsor

Other Benefits

  • Free use of Chamber conference room, based on scheduling and availability
  • Participating in the Chamber’s annual overseas trip
  • Opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors or Chamber committees
  • Eligibility for annual Chamber Business Awards: Beacon Award (15 or fewer employees), Lighthouse Award (16 or more employees), Emerging Business Award, Community Service Award, and Business Person of the Year Award

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