Reasons to Join
Top 10 Reasons to Join the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
#1. Heighten Your Company's Visibility
There are many marketing benefits of supporting the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. As a Chamber supporter, your company automatically receives multiple points of exposure, including visibility in the Chamber FOCUS weekly page in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, coverage in our weekly e-newsletter InFOCUS, and through our website at www.spartanburgchamber.com.
#2. Make Business Contacts
Chamber Membership = DOING MORE BUSINESS! The Chamberís most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for our community. The Chamber initiates more business to business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through any other local organization. Chamber membership allows you to participate in everything from Business After Hours networking events to the annual Business SHOWCASE; and from Diversity CONNECTIONS to the Strategic Sales Development seminar series--all designed to give your company the competitive advantage
#3. Promote a Healthy Local Economy
The Economic Futures Group (EFG) is the economic development arm of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Through the EFG, The Chamber works to expand the local economy by recruiting quality companies to locate in our community as well as assisting existing companies in their expansions within our County. These companies provide job opportunities and additional capital investment (approx. $148.2 Million in 2009). The growth and location of these companies to Spartanburg County allow many Chamber members to generate more business by the increased demand for services and products, not only from the company itself, but by the gainfully employed associates.
#4. Gain a Voice in Government
As one of the leading and most effective voices for the business community, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce leads the way in the area of public policy. Employing a full-time lobbyist who is on the ground daily at the State House in Columbia, the Chamberís general membership, Board of Directors, and Government Relations Committee create and assemble a cohesive, unified vision, or agenda, each legislative year--ensuring that whatís in the best interest of business will resonate as the loud-and-clear message carried to our elected leaders in the General Assembly. In delivering its business-friendly legislative message, the Spartanburg Chamber also greatly relies on its continually growing grassroots network of business owners, employees, and non-profit leaders to help track and impact legislative decisions made in Columbia.
#5. Stay Informed
By being involved with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, you can have an ďear to the groundĒ on what is going on in our local community. The Chamber utilizes several media outlets including broadcast emails, our weekly e-newsletter InFOCUS, delivering business and member news directly to your inbox; and our weekly Chamber FOCUS page in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal to ensure our members are always in the know. The Chamberís Facebook fan and profile pages, Twitter account and LinkedIn group provide opportunities for members to stay informed and get connected with other like-minded professionals. As a Chamber member, you have first-hand knowledge of what is going on in the business community.
#6. Save Your Company Money
The Member Perks Program is an exclusive package of tangible benefits included with your Spartanburg Area Chamber membership. After carefully surveying our members, we went to work to negotiate special pricing or plans for products or services our members told us they want. If you are a member...Let us show you how you can take advantage of the perks being offered from the following MAP Partners:
- Health Insurance Perks from Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Office Supplies Perks from GOS
- Telecom/Internet Perks from Windstream
- Communications Perks from Earthlink
For more details on the Chamber's Member Perks program, click here.
#7. Marketing Opportunities
By supporting the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, you gain access to marketing opportunities exclusively for Chamber members. Opportunities for event sponsorships enhance your companyís visibility and allows you to get in front of the people in your target market. Whether your firm specializes in B2B selling, distribution, professional services, consumer goods production or manufacturing; there is literally no industry that cannot benefit from the additional exposure gained by highlighting your support of the Chamber. Through our newly designed bi-weekly e-newsletter and Event Updates; the new community web portal, GreaterSpartanburg.com and the highly anticipated new Chamber web site, the Chamber now reaches a much larger audience and can offer more opportunities for sponsorship and exposure than ever before. If advertising is your main focus, the Chamber can put together packages to fit your needs. Donít miss out on this opportunity to highlight your business by aligning yourself with the voice of the Spartanburg business community!
#8. Learn New Skills
The Chamber offers many opportunities to learn about business related topics through educational seminars such as Brown Bag Lunches, Lunch & Learns, Strategic Sales Development and Diversity Connections. Seminars are typically held on various days throughout the week in a luncheon setting at the Chamber offices, member restaurants and at the Downtown Library. These seminars typically last around one hour, creating convenient opportunities for professional development without interfering with work. Sponsors of the luncheon are provided a table to display materials, time to present a ďcommercialí about their company and recognition in association with the event. The Chamber has recently formed an Events Committee to review current event programming and brainstorm new ways that the Chamber can continue to be of great value to its members.
#9. Enhance Credibility
Being a member of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce enhances your companyís credibility and gives you a competitive edge. Thatís smart business!
ďAs a new business, joining the Chamber gave me access to the decision-makers that I needed to reach...Finding clients is never easy, but joining the Chamber gave me a head start. We needed visibility with business and community leaders and being a Chamber member has given us that.Ē
Karen Knuckles, Express Employment Professionals
Chamber member since 2007
#10. Get Involved
Opportunities for involvement have always been a key element of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Whether it is through one of the seven Area Councils, a program or event committee or one of the service groups such as the Ambassadors, you can contribute to the work of the organization and the progress of our community. In addition to helping to make a difference, your involvement can also expand your business contacts.