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About the Chamber of Commerce

About the Oxford Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to undertake those programs and projects which improve the quality of life for our area. By seeking a positive business climate conducive to growth of our private enterprise system, raising per capita income and providing strong financial, physical and human resources, we create a better life for all our citizens.

The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce is …

The voice of the business community in local, county and state issues, representing the business community in problem solving, promoting economic development, raising the per capita income and providing strong financial resources to create a better life for all citizens.

Over 650 businesses and professionals working together to make Oxford and Lafayette County a better place to live.

A clearinghouse for plans and proposals affecting Oxford’s future.

Committees hard at work meeting the City’s and County’s needs.

Setting and achieving goals that will ensure Oxford and Lafayette County of reaching its full potential as a community.

Chamber Membership Benefits Include:

Visibility
Listing in the Community Guide and Membership Directory distributed annually to 6,000 members, businesses, hotel guests, visitors and newcomers.

Exclusive inclusion in the Directory of Businesses on the chamber website, www.oxfordms.com. This is the number one most-visited section of our website.

Referrals: The Chamber fields over 47,000 business information requests per year and refers Chamber members ONLY.

Chamber Membership Benefits

Ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies for new or relocated Chamber businesses. Two weeks’ notice for scheduling is requested.

Banner advertising opportunities on Chamber/EDF website, exclusively for members.

Web listing enhancement opportunities to make your business more searchable on the web.

Opportunity to post “Hot Deals” for other members, promoting specials or coupons, on the Chamber website.

Opportunity to be featured in a weekly e-newsletter as “Business Spotlight” once per year.

Post and view job postings on the Chamber website.

Opportunity to post your events on the Community Calendar.

Get Social with us! Request that the Chamber “Like” or “Follow” member business pages and “Share” or “Retweet” relevant posts and deals through the Shop Oxford Facebook page and Chamber of Commerce Twitter feed.

Inclusion of a member’s full-page ad, brochure, or coupon in Oxford “Newcomer Packets” distributed to new residents and visitors for only $75 per year. Over 1,400 distributed annually via web and mail.

Space in the Chamber office to display business cards and/or promotional brochures.

Opportunities to gain high visibility through sponsorship of various Chamber events such as Chamber After Hours, Annual Meeting, Double Decker Spring Run, Annual 4th of July Celebration, Christmas Party, Annual Red Carpet Gala, etc.

Participate in our Shop Oxford campaign, which is a series of promotions and postcards designed to promote special discounts, shopping local, and attract new shoppers to the large variety of merchants, restaurants and professional services Oxford has to offer.

Networking
Participate in Chamber After Hours, which is a monthly networking social where new Chamber members are introduced and local businesses are given a chance be a host to the members. Hosting opportunities are exclusively for Chamber members.

Opportunity to participate in or host an event for Young Professionals of Oxford (YPO), Oxford and Lafayette County’s most influential networking organization for young, up-and-coming professionals. Activities include monthly socials, lunch and learn seminars and an annual philanthropy project.

Participate in the LOU Ambassador program. The Ambassadors program offers members an opportunity to represent their business while networking at Chamber functions and events, simultaneously increasing business’ visibility and exposure in the community. LOU Chamber Ambassadors are the official representatives of the Chamber and are expected to participate in events as well as maintain communication between their assigned group of members and the Chamber.

Invitation to annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast and Lunch with our Legislators events, which feature reports to our community by our Lafayette County Senate and House of Representatives delegation.

Lunch and Learn Seminars, giving members an opportunity to attend or host various continuing education seminars.

Opportunity to participate in one of several committees that work to support our business community and enhance our quality of life.

Opportunity to participate in leadership training programs for professionals and youth: Leadership Lafayette and Junior Leadership.

Entrepreneurial Alliance, which features workshops and guest speakers of interest to entrepreneurs.

Invitation to the Annual Meeting Luncheon for the membership, highlighting the year in review and presenting special community awards.

Invitation to the Annual Red Carpet Gala in June each year.

Participate in and be part of special events in the LOU community, such as the Double Decker Spring Run and the LOU 4th of July Community Celebration.

Resources
Weekly LOU View e-Newsletter to the Chamber membership announcing community events and happenings, plus upcoming Chamber events, networking opportunities and new members.

10% off your purchases and reduced copy rates at Office Depot (with exclusive Chamber Members Only discount card).

Participate in and learn more about membership benefits through quarterly Chamber 101 Luncheons.

Use of the Chamber meeting room up to four times a year free of charge ($25 if food is served).

List of fellow Chamber members on mailing labels for $20 or as Excel document for $10.

Listing of newcomer requests for the area.

Resource materials including a city/county area map, demographic information, area phone books, business/industry lists, SBA publications, etc.

Membership in the Chamber is 100% tax deductible.

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