by Jennifer Suski, Membership Coordinator
Joining a business membership organization like the Covington Chamber of Commerce may seem like an added expense when you're starting out or facing economic challenges, but it can provide the support your business needs to grow and thrive.
Here are three reasons why investing in a chamber membership is a smart move:
Building a strong network is a great way to raise the profile of your business and capture new contacts, leads, and customers over time. The Covington Chamber of Commerce offers a range of networking events, attended by businesses in the region each month. While you don't have to be a member to attend, members save on the cost. For example, while our Third Thursday Happy Hours are free to everyone, members pay $5 less at our monthly luncheons than non-members, saving $60 per year.
2. Marketing Opportunities
A Covington Chamber membership also offers a range of promotional opportunities for members, helping them raise their profile, target new prospects or markets, and capture leads. One of our most popular and high-value benefits is advertising in our Covington Community and Business Guide. Members receive half off so instead of $1,050 for a half-page ad, they pay only $525. This guide is widely distributed throughout the region. We also have a wide range of sponsorship opportunities, starting at $100.
3. Website Marketing
Each Covington Chamber member gets a free listing on our website with an option to upgrade, starting at $25. We also have online advertising opportunities and member-to-member offers. Members who contribute at the $750 level or above are also listed on our Good Work Fund page, giving them extra visibility.
Starting at $300 a year, Covington Chamber memberships are a great investment, giving our members access to networking, advertising and promotional advertising opportunities. Learn more about how a Covington Chamber membership can help your business grow today!
Lately, we've been getting questions about the level of commitment required of our members and how a member can get the most value for their membership investment.
In terms of commitment, we all have busy lives, so there are no requirements or firm time commitments in terms of time, events or participation. We tell our members to consider their goals for joining (e.g., networking, community, visibility) and align their participation with those goals.
For example, if real estate agent Suzie Smith joined to network and network, then we'd recommend she attend one of our networking events like our monthly luncheons, Third Thursday Happy Hour or our new coffee meet-and-greets when she can.
To get the most value out of a Covington Chamber membership, we suggest the following:
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A Covington (Washington) Chamber membership starts at $300, plus a one-time joining fee of $30. Sign up today to see how we can support you and your business!