Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Executive Director's Report by Bill Fleming

Chamber Membership A Better Value
Your membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is always a great value. But in these challenging economic times, your membership is an even better value. Below are examples of free or low-cost promotional opportunities available to you as a benefit of your chamber membership. Take advantage of them!

1. Online membership directory – All chamber members are included in our online membership directory. But did you know you could enhance your listing? Go to our website at www.pekin.net and click on the “Membership Directory” in the red menu bar on the left. Now, find your business or organization. You can search or browse alphabetically or by category. When you find the list with your organization’s name in it, click your name. How does your information look? Pretty basic? Now, go find the listing for the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, or just click here. See the difference? You can enhance your information by adding your hours, employees, location/directions, and other information. Send me an email or give me a call and I’ll tell you how to enhance your information. It’s simple and it’s FREE.

2. Business After Hours – Each month a chamber member hosts Business After Hours. There’s food, drinks, door prizes, tours, and an incredible opportunity for you to meet, socialize and network with your fellow chamber members. Admittance is FREE for chamber members and their guests. We only ask that you make a reservation. The next Business After Hours is Thursday, August 6th from 4:30 to 6:00 at NTS Telephone Company, 205 Enterprise Drive in Riverway Business Park.
Newsletter Announcements – Is there something new and exciting happening at your business or organization? Did you hire a new employee? Promote an employee? Add a new product or service? Win an award? Send us a press 1. release and we’ll post it on our chamber blog (viewed by nearly 1500 people in the past 30 days) at http://pekinchamber.blogspot.com. We’ll also include it in our next newsletter, which is distributed to over 800 people.

2. Puttin’ on Pekin – For your $10 reservation you get a delicious breakfast and an informative program. But as a chamber member you can also take advantage of several great promotional opportunities. First, you can bring a handout (flyer, brochure, key chain, calendar, magnet, etc.) to set at everyone’s place setting. Next, you can stand-up and make an announcement about your business during the “1-minute reminders.” Finally, you can bring a door prize to be given away at the end of the breakfast. With an average attendance of 90 chamber members and their guests, this is a great opportunity.

3. Super Saver Chamber Coupons – Watch your email around the end of each month for our Super Saver Chamber Coupons. You’ll find great money saving offers from your fellow chamber members. Please share these coupons with your co-workers!! If you’d like to include a special offer in the next coupon distribution, send us an email or give us a call. As a chamber member, there is no charge to participate.

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