Encourage Shopping Local Through a Chamber Passport Event

Has the long winter put a pinch on your chamber members?

Chambers are always looking for ways to bring more success to their member businesses. A member of the Chamber of Commerce Professionals Group on Facebook asked: Has your Chamber ever done a business passport to promote shopping local? What process did you use to get businesses engaged? How did you organize the passport and where/how […]

Ways to Recruit Chamber Volunteers

How do you recruit chamber volunteers?

If you’ve ever wished your chamber had more volunteers, you’re not alone. But how do you get them and how do you keep them? It’s not as difficult as you think if you follow the basics. Volunteer Recruitment 101   Publicizing the Need You’ll never get any volunteers if community members don’t realize you need […]

How 3 Chambers Streamlined Their Processes

How is your chamber innovating?

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference in reducing costs or making tasks more efficient. A member of the Chamber of Commerce Professionals Group on Facebook asked: What are new techniques/technologies you and/or your organization are using to improve operational efficiency? Automate the Process Investing […]

Don’t Make It Hard for Members to Give You Money

Are you making it hard for your members to give you money?

The following really happened, only the names were changed, and to be fair, it didn’t happen at a chamber but with another membership organization. Still the lesson rings true for chambers as well. It went something like this… Mr. Business’ membership lapsed by about 6 months. There wasn’t a reason he didn’t renew, just one of […]

Networking Task for Chamber Ambassadors

Are your ambassadors all that they can be at networking events?

Some of us are natural networkers. Hopefully your chamber ambassadors are, but if they aren’t, do you give them networking tasks or instructions to help them make the most of your chamber events? While your ambassadors are volunteers and members, giving them goals or instructions (for those who need them) to maximize their networking time […]