The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is the organization of choice for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and leaders in the New Manufacturing Economy. Through the strength of our membership, we deliver the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to fast-track your business opportunities. We invite you to Plug In to the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and get connected to all it has to offer – from reducing your business costs by taking advantage of the Chamber’s buying power, to achieving your goals through the help of our business expertise, to making connections that make a difference, to helping shape public policy and supporting good government through our advocacy, you’ll find many ways to maximize the investment you’re making in the success of your business and our community.
Reduce your cost of doing business. Save both time and money by taking advantage of the Chamber’s buying power and enrolling in the following benefits and services:
Health Insurance – Build a competitive employee benefits package with health and wellness, dental, vision, life and disability insurance through Medical Mutual of Ohio.
Workers’ Compensation Group Pooling – Save up to the state maximum workers’ compensation discount with V&A Risk Services and receive excellent claims management service focused on cost control strategies to ensure group participation in future years.
Chamber Energy Solutions – Take advantage of the strength of group purchasing to save on your electric and natural gas costs.
Office Depot Discounts – Save 5-10 percent on 98 percent of Office Depot products, both in-store and online. Save 15-30 percent on copy paper, ink and toner.
Chamber EDGE – Train your employees without the cost of travel or lost productivity. Our online learning management system has thousands of courses available right on your desktop.
Get the edge your business needs to succeed and grow at every stage of the business cycle. Achieve your goals with the help of our business expertise.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – The SBDC provides consulting, training and peer-to-peer support to help you improve the profitability of your business and can assist you in exploring expanded export markets to other states, regions and international markets.
Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) – The MBAC helps minority- and women-owned businesses access government programs, complete certification applications, identify local resources and access financial assistance.
Benefits2Business – An opportunity for small businesses to access 10 hours of free professional services from top volunteer experts in key areas of business management including accounting, banking, benefits, human resources, insurance, legal, manufacturing, marketing/public relations and technology.
Make connections that make a difference. Gain access to other members, our community, young professionals and business opportunities.
Networking – Chamber events, like the Annual Meeting, Clambake, Golf Outing, Coffee and Connecting and BCX-Business Card Exchange, are a great way to build those all-important business relationships and increase awareness of your products and/or services. Be sure to check out the upcoming opportunities at www.toledochamber.com and then grab a bunch of business cards and join us!
Membership Directory Referrals – If you can’t get away from your office, cash register or manufacturing line to join us for events, we understand that, too. That just makes your listing in our online directory, which receives more than 5,000 hits per month, even more important. Your membership is still helping to get your name out there, even when you can’t be.
Toledo Area Small Business Association (TASBA) – TASBA is the Chamber’s small-business division, working to enhance and promote a favorable business climate for small businesses (150 or fewer employees) in northwest Ohio. A board of directors, which represents a cross-section of the Chamber’s small-business members, sets TASBA’s activities and policies.
One of TASBA’s goals is to act as the advocate for small-business interests regarding public policy issues. For this reason, TASBA may take a separate position on legislative issues from the Chamber to ensure that the small-business perspective is represented.
Young Professionals – EPIC, which stands for “engaging people, inspiring change,” was created and designed by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce as an organization that works to attract and retain young professional talent to our region. Through its membership, more than 1,200 individuals are meeting and working together to learn about the issues affecting our region, engaging in important business, cultural and economic development issues, developing critical leadership skills and making a difference in the community.
New Schools New Neighborhoods – We all have a vested interest in the future of northwest Ohio. Business, government, education and community organizations need to work together to move our area forward, and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is a place that they can do just that. An example is the Chamber’s New Schools, New Neighborhoods initiative, which is working in partnership with organizations such as the United Way, LISC, neighborhood CDCs and others to improve the neighborhoods surrounding some of the new school buildings and creating Learning Communities of Choice.
The Branding of Northwest Ohio – The development of the Toledo Region Story is our regional brand. It brings together messages, tools, assets and strategies to create a stronger, sharper and clearer perception of the unique assets we provide and qualities we possess as a community. When we use it together, we are giving our region a competitive edge that can truly make a difference.
Together we can shape public policy and support good government.
The Chamber identifies the issues, mandates and regulations that will affect your business. You can stay informed by getting involved on a committee, attending Eggs N’ Issues and other informational seminars, or simply by getting our legislative update emails. We also give you a voice by creating opportunities for you to interact with elected officials at all levels through events like the annual Candidate Forum, Columbus Legislative Visit and Legislative Breakfast.
And, if you’ve ever thought of getting into the political arena yourself, or if you just want to learn more about working with elected officials, then our yearly Leadership Academy is for you.
Whether you choose to participate in an event, take advantage of training and information resources, sign up for one of the many cost-saving programs available through the Chamber, or are looking for ways to access the talent, capital resources and assets of the region, there are many ways that you can maximize the value of your membership and fast-track your business opportunities. Learn more by visiting our website at www.toledochamber.com.