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Your annual membership investment in the Emeryville Chamber is tax-deductible as a necessary business expense. But what you get goes FAR BEYOND a deductible line item. We like to think of it as what it really is -- one of your best investments in marketing and promoting your business!
Join us and discover why the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce continues to be “Your Best Business Connection.”
BUSINESS GROWTH: CONNECTIONS, NETWORKING, AND BUSINESS EXPANSION OPPORTUNITIES
1. www.emeryvillechamber.com – A Direct Link to New Clients and Customers
Averaging thousands of unique user sessions each month, the Chamber’s website is your one-stop electronic portal for local business and community information. The Business Directory links directly to your own website, via our complete listing of all Chamber members. Find out the latest happenings by checking out www.emeryvillechamber.com. In addition to Chamber events, we’ve expanded our listings to include community and member business activities in our “Calendar of Events” section and the latest news of interest to business and the community is posted in the “In the News” section.
2. Emeryville Chamber Business Networking Connections – The Region’s Most Buzzed-About Business Networking Events
You can take advantage of one of the most popular networking events anywhere in the East Bay. Meet potential new clients and customers, exchange business cards, make contacts and promote your business at one of our most popular offerings, the Chamber Business Networking Connection. Networking Connections are held monthly and hosted by member businesses at an exciting new location each month, with discount admission for Chamber members. Check the “Calendar of Events” section on the Chamber’s website for dates and locations.
3. Sponsorship Opportunities – Extra Value and Exposure for Your Marketing Dollar.
Promotional sponsorship rights for events like our Economic Outlook Luncheon, Earthquake Preparedness Luncheon, State of the City Luncheon, Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers Luncheon, Breakfast Club, Chamber University and other special events are reserved exclusively for our Chamber members. Banner ads on our Web site and on Emeryville This Week (our popular weekly broadcast fax newsletter, sent to over 800 fax numbers weekly) and our 60-Second Chamber E-news Updates (our broadcast e-newsletter, sent to over 3,500 e-mail addresses) are exclusive to Emeryville Chamber members.
4. Business Membership Directory and Community Information Guide – The Local Business Source for Business, Residents, and Visitors.
Members receive two free listings in our printed Business Directory -- alphabetical and classified. Thousands are distributed to businesses, residences, visitors, government offices, libraries, hotels and other public venues. Advertising is also available. All members are also listed in as many as six categories in our Web Site’s Business Directory on www.emeryvillechamber.com.
5. Annual Business Expo!
This annual trade show, presented each year in May in collaboration with the Berkeley and Albany Chambers of Commerce, offers you exposure, contacts and potential new business prospects. Let us bring hundreds of potential new customers and clients to you. A terrific way to showcase your business at less than $1 per prospect. Free admission, parking and food for the attendees and discount exhibition booth rates for all Chamber members.
6. Chamber Ambassadors Promote Themselves and the Chamber!
Let our Chamber Ambassadors help make your event shine! Their presence enhances YOUR image! You, as a participant in our Ambassador program, represent the Chamber at events and have an extra opportunity to meet new business contacts as they join the Chamber or expand their businesses. Chamber Ambassadors get free admission to most Chamber Business Networking Connections and gain instant recognition by wearing their distinctive Emeryville Chamber of Commerce Ambassador badge.
7. Business Referrals
By phone, E-mail, letter and drop-ins, the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce receives hundreds of requests for referrals a year. Only member firms are referred to businesses or individuals seeking products and services. We direct business to YOU. The Business Directory on our Web Site is available 24/7 for referrals by business category and by business name.
8. Membership Plaque
Proudly display your Chamber membership plaque at your place of business. It’s a subtle credibility builder and lets your employees, customers and clients know you are a community partner, invested in the growth and health of our region.
9. Welcome to Emeryville Gift Bags – Let us Distribute Your Promotional Items for You!
One of our most popular member business exposure benefits and an inexpensive and efficient way to reach a whole new source of potential customers and clients! The Chamber presents “Welcome to Emeryville” Gift Bags to new businesses in Emeryville and the surrounding area and all new Chamber members. The bags are filled with Chamber information, promotional information and items from our members. Make the Chamber the “distribution center” for your promotional items. Just get your items to us, and we’ll take care of the rest.
ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS
10. Chamber University: Quality Business Information.
Our Chamber University series presents topics and issues vital to the successful operation of your business. We bring the experts to you! Advanced sales and marketing tips, how to use Social Media to promote your business, “buzz marketing,” and how to use the latest Microsoft Office Suite products are just some of the topics covered. This is also a terrific networking and business exposure venue.
11. International Trade Services and Information.
The Chamber links to and distributes information and resources on international markets through exporting and importing. We are also happy to process your Certificates of Origin, with sharply discounted fees for Emeryville Chamber of Commerce members.
12. Information Center – The Chamber is “Connection Central” for the East Bay.
Networking and an extensive networking of regional connections is an Emeryville Chamber of Commerce core competency. The Chamber maintains demographic information, community information, local publications, maps and other information for tourists, new residents, and business visitors. We answer hundreds of mail and telephone inquiries annually. Our Web site has special “Visitor Information” and “Relocation” pages so that important information is available around the clock and around the world.
13. California Chamber of Commerce and Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) Memberships
Emeryville Chamber’s memberships in these organizations place expert information, training resources and representation for business at YOUR fingertips! We keep up with the latest in Chamber services and activities for the benefit of your business.
14. Member-to-Member Discounts
Chamber members can take advantage of all the benefits available to you through membership in the Chamber, including a diverse array of various services and products offered at discounts by Chamber members, TO Chamber members. These are exclusive to Emeryville Chamber of Commerce members and are featured prominently on the home page of the Chamber’s website and promoted through our e-news bulletins.
BUSINESS ADVOCACY: REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF BUSINESS BEFORE GOVERNMENT
15. Representation for Business
What you don’t know CAN hurt you – or even put you out of business. Your Chamber works for you, while YOU focus on your business, representing business interests on local, state and national issues to keep our local economy growing and healthy, helping to preserve and enhance our quality of life.
16. Committees and Task Forces
Join the committee(s) of your choice and “leave your mark” in the community. Our committees include Ambassadors, Business Promotion and Communications, Economic Development Strategy Task Force and Events.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: BUILDING A STRONGER and HEALTHIER COMMUNITY THROUGH THE HEALTHY CITY INITIATIVE
17. Building a Stronger Local Economy
An on-going commitment to balanced economic growth in Emeryville fuels initiatives dedicated to business retention and expansion, attraction of new business enterprises, and an objective to ensure adequate representation and growth for all segments of our economy. The Chamber’s leadership in economic development is captured in our 2020 Vision Plan and Strategy document, which was presented to the Emeryville City Council on February 28th, 2012.
18. Promoting the Community
Emeryville is a small community, but the Chamber is involved in a big way. The Chamber supports the Emery Unified School District through our active Business/Student Partnership Council, and direct support of the Emery Education Foundation and other EUSD fundraising activities. The Emeryville Community Action Program (ECAP) serves the less fortunate citizens of Emeryville and the Chamber works to raise funds for ECAP. The arts community is an integral part of Emeryville and the Chamber works alongside our business partners to help publicize the month-long Emeryville Arts Exhibition each October. Additionally many community activities are publicized in all of the Chamber’s communications venues — our Web site, broadcast fax, 60 second e-news updates and now on our fun Chamber Facebook page.
19. Chairman’s Circle – Exclusive to Emeryville Chamber of Commerce Major Investors.
The highest level of visible commitment a business can make. Chairman’s Circle members are members who visibly demonstrate their support of the Chamber and the community through an enhanced membership investment. Chairman’s Circle members receive permanent exposure through a separate listing on the Chamber’s website, on all printed Chamber event programs, on the Chamber’s letterhead, and in our weekly 60-Second Update e-newsletter, which is sent to over 3,500 E-mail addresses weekly. Our Chairman’s Circle members also receive a distinctive membership plaque to display as a tangible example of their leadership to customers, clients and the public.
20. Healthy City Initiative: Launching and Era of Shared Community Values.
In February, 2007 the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce launched its landmark Healthy City Initiative (HCI) Program. The Initiative is an ambitious plan designed to foster a healthy, vibrant, strong and safe community by promoting seven core values, which the entire community can share and endorse. Each of the seven core values will involve building linkages and connections to business, government, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and individuals, with the Chamber of Commerce serving as the central distribution point for information, ideas, HCI events and activities.
We invite you to learn more about this landmark initiative by visiting the Healthy City Initiative section elsewhere in this directory, or by visiting www.healthycityinitiative.com, or by visiting the HCI Facebook page.