REFERRALS: The Chamber is a primary source of information for visitors and residents. On a daily basis, our staff receives numerous requests for business recommendations. Providing both a service to the community and a prime benefit to its membership, the Chamber refers only Chamber members to those requesting recommendations.
NEW BUSINESS CONTACTS: Networking with other members of the business community at Chamber programs is an exciting way to make contact with potential clients and customers. Some of the functions that Chamber members attend include: Quarterly Membership Meetings, Business After Hours receptions, Legislative Update luncheons, Focus on Excellence Breakfast meetings, the Annual Meeting, committee meetings, seminars and other special events.
EXPOSURE: The Chamber publicizes member firms and businesses in several ways. These include: New Member Recognition in the Chamber Update Newsletter, Advertising Opportunities, Chamber Membership Plaques, Door/Window Stickers, Chamber Website, and this Annual Membership Directory.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING: The Chamber is a resource center for Small Business Administration publications. Free, confidential business counseling is provided by S.C.O.R.E., Service Corps of Retired Executives. S.C.O.R.E. members are successful, experienced business persons who give their time to counsel those wishing to start or improve a small business.
GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE & INFORMATION: Guided by the Legislative Committee, the Chamber lobbies on behalf of its members at the local, state and federal levels for passage of legislation deemed to be in the best interest of the business community. It also opposes legislation that could be harmful to area business people. The Chamber maintains lists of names and addresses for local, state and federal elected officials.
DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS: The Chamber sponsors several business-related workshops and seminars each year.
CHAMBER UPDATE NEWS: The weekly newsletter of the Chamber, entitled Update, contains information about Chamber programs and activities, legislative and business developments, local economic statistics, new member firms, upcoming meetings and seminars, and other important business news.
UPDATE INSERTS: Chamber members are offered the opportunity to get their message out to over 900 business men and women by putting an insert in the Chamber's weekly newsletter.
TAX DEDUCTION: 90% of your dues investment may be deducted on your taxes. The other 10% is used for lobbying.
NOTARY SERVICES: The Chamber offers Notary services free to members by appointment.
CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN: The Chamber is the convenient place for member companies exporting goods out of the country to get their documents certified, free of charge. Non-members are charged a fee for this service.
MAILING LABELS: For ease in mailing, Chamber members may purchase an up-to-date listing of all members on peel and stick labels. This is a cost-effective opportunity to reach a highly targeted market of area businesses.
RELOCATION PACKETS: This valuable Chamber package is full of practical information for potential residents. Member businesses may use them in their employee recruiting efforts for a minimal charge.
NEWCOMER GREETER SERVICE: The Chamber's official Greeter welcomes newcomers to the area by delivering a gift basket of goods and information from Chamber members to them. Be the first to serve their needs as they establish their shopping and service patterns.
CHECK ALERT PROGRAM: The Chamber works in cooperation with the Quincy Police Department to alert participating Chamber members of stolen and lost checks and credit cards.
TRADE AREA STATISTICS: The Chamber keeps up-to-date statistical information on the area. Some of these include: population, cost of living, employment figures, retail figures, income profiles, and many more.
Promote the Quincy area as a regional service center by fostering collaboration and consolidation among area organizations and education institutions.
Communicate effectively the purposes and value of the Chamber to the community.
Identify, formulate and promote legislative positions at all levels of government, which benefit Chamber members.
Strengthen the Quincy area workforce by providing educational services, identifying service providers and coordinating educational programming efforts.
Work to enhance Quincy area public services and infrastructure by gathering and sharing information and formulating and promoting positions which will benefit the community's quality of life.
CHAMBER DIVISIONS & COMMITTEES
Agri-Business Committee: This committee works to recognize and promote agriculture and its importance to the Quincy economy.
Chamber Marketing Committee: This committee is responsible for the expansion of Quincy's market area through the development of a comprehensive marketing plan.
Hospitality Industry Committee: This committee will bring together the various hospitality related businesses in the area in an effort to increase occupancy rates in area motels/hotels and improve communications between the industry and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Leadership Quincy Committee: This committee is charged with conducting the Quincy Community Leadership Program. The program's goal is to identify and develop community leaders for the 21st century.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIVISION:
Legislative Committee: This committee represents business on issues before the Illinois Legislature and United States Congress.
Local Government Affairs Committee: This committee represents the Chamber before local legislative and government administrative bodies. It is also responsible for monitoring local transportation issues.
MEMBER SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION:
Ambassadors: This committee is responsible for membership relations.
Computer Committee: This committee advises the Chamber on our in-house computer system and on-line computer communications systems.
Drug Free Workplace Committee: This committee, in cooperation with the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, will assist local companies in establishing Drug Free Workplace programs.
Member Services Committee: This committee develops programs of direct service to the membership.
STAFF SUPPORTED DIVISION:
Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.): This group of retired executives counsels potential entrepreneurs on how to start up and maintain a small business.
Education to Careers Task Force: This task force is responsible for coordinating education to employment activities. They work closely with education, business and labor leaders to insure that students learn the skills they will need to be employable in today's workplace.
Sister City Commission: This Commission is appointed by the Mayor and is responsible for fostering relationships and coordinating programs between Quincy and our sister city Herford, Germany. The Chamber provides support services for the Commission.
Tri-State Workforce Development Task Force: This multi-state task force is responsible for developing programs and projects that help to insure that regional businesses have an available, trained and productive workforce.
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