5 Tips to Get The Most Out Of Your Chamber Membership in the New Year!

A chamber of commerce membership is oh-so-much more than just an “I’m a proud member!” sticker to put on the front door of your business. Member benefits like website listings, participation in exclusive promotions, invites to chamber events, and more put you at the forefront of the community when you’re a member of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

But Chamber membership is a two-way street. While there are certain benefits you’ll receive year after year with your membership — interactive listings on our website, printed listing in The Chamber directory, invites to events, etc. — there is certainly a way to get more bang for your buck no matter what investment level you come in at. Let us highlight a few ways to get the most out of your membership.

1.) Attend Chamber Events

This one is a pretty obvious membership benefit that often goes overlooked by many. While we understand that you won’t be able to attend EVERYTHING with the dozens of networking events, workshops, and lunches we hold throughout the year, it doesn’t hurt to show up to an event once or twice if your schedule allows. This is a great way to get your name out there and to meet other business professionals in our community. Chamber events aren’t open to business owners or management only – staffers, please come!

2.) Interact with us on Social Media

Want to know a great way to get a conversation rolling online? Tag us in your posts! We’re active on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram to name a few. Chances are if you tag us in a photo or post, we’ll give you some social media lovin’ back. That means more interaction for your profile, and for The Chamber. Win-win!

3.) Post on our Website

With your Chamber membership comes exclusive access to sarasotachamber.com for you to post events, coupons, job postings and more. Use this access – you pay for it! The Chamber fields dozens of phone calls and email traffic every week with people looking for events, jobs, and deals. We can’t offer your awesome information if we don’t have it!

4.) Submit Your News

This one goes hand-in-hand with what was previously mentioned. When you have some newsworthy information to share, send it our way in the Press Release Tool located on the website! We’re always looking to brag about the amazing things our members are doing. Whether your business recently completed a remodeling project, your staff headed out to the community for a volunteer day, your business won an award, or you have other great news to share — we want to know about it so we can share your news on our social media pages, add to the news section of our website, and send member news out in our email newsletters.

5.) Reach Out

Is there an area of your business that could really use some help? Maybe you’re looking for some creative marketing ideas or want to form partnerships with other business professionals in town. Whatever it may be, always be sure to reach out to us here at The Chamber to see if we can help make some connections. If we don’t have immediate answers, just give us some time to think about things and point you in the right direction.

If there are any membership benefits that you have questions about or think that you might be under-utilizing, give us a call or set up a meeting! We want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your investment. Utilizing your membership benefits makes your business, our organization, and our community stronger.


If you have any questions about getting the most out of your membership, we want to hear from you! Please feel free to call Craig McGonigal, our Membership Engagement Manager at The Chamber at 941-556-4034 or shoot him an email at cmgonigal@sarasotachamber.com.

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Member Tip Monday: 2018 Membership Seal

As the new year approaches, make sure to update your Membership Seal on your website, social media and print materials! Seal-of-Membership-2018-MD-WEBThe membership seal gives you the opportunity to promote your business as a Chamber Member on your business cards, promotional material, website, social media, and much more.

Showcase your credibility in the community and with potential customers by proudly displaying this seal. According to a Schapiro Group study, prospects are 80% more likely to buy from you if you are a member of a Chamber of Commerce.

How to get your Membership Seal:

Your seal of membership is located in the “Members Only” section of the website so it stays exclusive to you, our dedicated member. Log into “Members Only” with your username and password and click the “Membership Seal” link on the right-hand side. Right-click and choose “Save As” to download the graphic.

If you need a larger file or vector image for your print pieces, etc., please contact Dillon Buckland, Communications Coordinator, at dbuckland@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4039.

Click here to login to the “Members Only” portal.

Members, Please Note: Printed Versions & Decals will be mailed out early 2018!


Forgot your username or password?

Contact Megan Neal at mneal@sarasotachamber.com for login information.

Welcome September 2016 New Members!

The following local businesses joined The Chamber during the month of September in 2016. Please join us in welcoming these members at your next networking event.

Accredited Pet Care, LLC

Aerotek

Anderson York Inc.

Autumn Leaves on University Parkway

Direct Auto & Life Insurance

Ear-Resistable Hearing Centers

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Hawk’s Flight Partners, LLC

Hunter, P.A.

Jonathan Herbert Studio LLC

Massage and Lypossage

Overture Grand Oaks

RSVP Sarasota

SensibleTec Solutions, Inc.

Shapes Fitness for Women Sarasota

The Coolinary Restaurant & Bar

THG Consultants

White Oaks Wealth Advisors, Inc.*

Windstream*

*Bold denotes trustee.


Interested in learning more about membership? Contact Matt Gower, at mgower@sarasotachamber.com  for more information.

Learning how to maximize your membership? Visit us at our next Chamber 411, new member briefing and information session on Tuesday, November 15 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Welcome New Members – September 2015

Welcome to our newest members of The Chamber! The following local businesses joined The Chamber during the month of September 2015. From spas to restaurants and marketing to insurance groups, these members are learning just how Chamber membership can work for them.

Beulah Restaurant
Bright House Networks Business Solutions
Cheetah Lounge
Complete Nutrition
Concorde Concierge Services
CubeSmart
Discount Telecommunications, Inc.
Dream Sporting Trips
Drive Digital Group
Edward Jones-Michael Paz
Fast Attack Marketing
FASTSIGNS – Sarasota
Fiber Solutions
Florida Speciality Insurance Company
Gulf Coast South Area Health Education Center
HSBR Insurance, Inc.
Jackson & Associates General Contractors
Let There Be Light Electrical Services, LLC
Longevity Wellness Clinic
Mobile Health Systems, Inc.
O’Donnell Agency
One Stop Cooling and Heating, LLC
Panache
POST associate
RejuveFace
Spec Ops Group Inc.
Sunbelt Solar Energy
The Advantage Group
The Sheridan at Lakewood Ranch
Total Koatings Inc.
Trustworthy Home Health Care

Bold denotes trustee.

Help us in welcoming these new members by reaching out to them through your member directory or at your next event. If you’re a new member or just looking to maximize your membership, visit us at the next Chamber 411 member briefing session on Tuesday, October 20 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.