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Are you guys involved in your local Chamber of Commerce and how has it helped your business?

I'm thinking about joining and would love to get some feedback. Thanks!


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1/3/13 at 10:27 am
Allison Reid
Member Since: 11/29/12
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COC is a good source of networking. It takes time remember and try not to be too aggressive when you first come in. Make friends first, then make business connections.

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1/3/13 at 1:48 pm
Raymond Bieg
Member Since: 10/25/12
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Internet Research and Development, LLC
West Chester, PA
Hi Raymond,

Thanks for the tip, I'll remember that.

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1/4/13 at 9:02 am
Allison Reid
Member Since: 11/29/12
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As a authority internet marketing firm in Minneapolis We thought that would help, but the $300.00 to sign up and then attend all of their meetings was just a side track for time & additions services.

Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of great information to get from them, If they are current with todays online marketing aspects as that's where the eyes are.

Most COC will list your website on their directory, A Good backlink.

Brick and mortar companies have to realize marketing thru any portal, you have to make relationships. just as you do with social media marketing.

So back to did it help our business? well it might have, but we chose not to continue as our niche is actually more advanced than the local coc. We had to help them get their site optimized for search engines, let them know the basics of getting your name & website out there in the correct areas.

Oh and all your website needs is its keywords added, & description added to the meta tag area in wordpress, if that's your platform, also add at least 500 words on your home page & target your clients via your keywords.
1/7/13 at 12:28 pm
Troy Curfman
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I have experience in COC. I'm partnered with COC in New York. I have to agree with Raymond. It does take time to build, just like joining toastmasters or BNI. It has a lot less of fees than BNI of course, and it will over time help increase your business.

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1/7/13 at 12:58 pm
Hiawatha Colbert
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Like every networking organization or community, you get as much value as you put into that organization. Your local Chamber can be a great resource to you however, you must first get to know your target market within the Chamber. After all, business is people, and the more people you know, the more potential business you may make.

First, make sure your target chamber has at least 400 members. I have tried several Chambers and found that this is the best fit for me. It provides a large enough potential business base and small enough for you to quickly navigate your way around. I had tried a Chamber with more that 1500 members and found myself overshadowed by larger members.

Second, make sure you join at least one committee. This move alone will give you exposure, recognition and credibility within the Chamber and give you access to potential clients you might not otherwise get.

Third, make sure you have budgeted appropriate funds for marketing your product or service. And in this current digital environment, a robust local online marketing strategy will ensure a steady stream of new, engaged customers for your business.

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1/7/13 at 1:04 pm
Michael Ofori
Member Since: 1/25/11
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MVO & Associates, LLC
Dorchester, MA
Thanks for the feedback, very helpful information. We have two COC we wanted to try, one has 2500 members and the other is the Atlanta chamber with over 4,000 members. Tons of opportunity to go to networking events and meet people, I just want to make sure I make the most of the opportunity. It does take a commitment in time and money...

1/8/13 at 9:00 am
Allison Reid
Member Since: 11/29/12
Posts: 22


The last two years I have been a member of 3 Chambers.
If you join you really need to take the time to go to the functions or else you will be throwing your money away.
I personally did not have the time to get involved at any of them and will not be renewing as they come due.

I do know of business owners that are quite involved with their Chambers and swear by them. Like most everything we do the more we sow the more we reap.

Thank you,
Michael Krause

1/8/13 at 10:50 am
Michael Krause
Member Since: 4/27/10
Posts: 1094
Windowman Plus Inc
Novi, MI

As everyone mentioned, time and money are the biggest factors in determining whether or not you should join. If you determine you can't make the commitment just yet, I would suggest utilizing LinkedIn as a sort of online chamber of commerce.

Everyone is welcome to connect with us on LinkedIn.

Best wishes for a successful new year.

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1/8/13 at 6:22 pm
Landmark Tax Group
Member Since: 4/9/12
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Landmark Tax Group
Santa Ana, CA
Hi Michael,

Thanks for the LinkedIn mentionl, good suggestion.


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1/9/13 at 8:25 am
Allison Reid
Member Since: 11/29/12
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