Membership in Chamber of Commerce brings many benefits

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Well, the year was 1915.

Do the math….that was ninety years ago.

It was the year that the first Raggedy Ann doll was made.

It was the year that Einstein came up with his theory of general relativity. (I still don’t understand it.)

The Red Sox won the World Series (their glory days before their soon to be long drought) and Cornell was the NCAA football champions.

(Horrors…an Ivy League school).

The entire annual federal budget was 750 million.

(We spend three times that amount in one day now).

World War I was going on but it would be two more years before the U.S. would enter into it.

…1915…

Ninety years ago.

A long time ago.

Oh, and by the way, it was also the year that the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce was formed.

That’s correct.

The Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce is ninety years old this year.

That is quite a feat.

It has been actively involved in the life of this city for all these years and has consistently served the community and its membership well.

And that is exactly what it is designed to do.

Its board changes, its chairman changes, its director changes, but its mission remains constant…..to serve the community and its membership.

We want you to be a part of this organization if you are not currently a member.

The Chamber’s board will be emphasizing a “New Membership” drive for the Chamber during the latter part of June.

Here are some reasons why it would be good for you to be part of this ninety year old organization.

10 GOOD REASONS

WHY THE CHAMBER IS THE ONE PARTNER EVERY BUSINESS NEEDS

Contacts – As a chamber member, you can make contacts that are invaluable to your business.

You can meet hundreds of business leaders just like yourself, share ideas and information, and benefit from each other’s experience.

It is a network that can lead to new business.

It Stimulates Business Growth – The Chamber works closely with public and private interests to maintain and enhance an environment that is positive for economic growth.

From small business development, to transportation improvements, to educational partnerships, the Chamber is working daily to stimulate a positive climate.

It Keeps Money At Home – The Chamber works to build and enhance the Demopolis market area.

Through Crazy Days and other promotions, you can join in the effort to help keep more dollars at home for businesses such as yours, as well as, expand the market economic base.

A Link to the Community – The Chamber’s many programs and projects provide you an opportunity to get involved on a broad array of community issues and needs.

It is a volunteer network that can provide you with a productive link to all sectors of the community.

It Is Social – Chamber After-Hours and various other functions are some of the best ways in town to expand your social network.

Chamber functions are lively and fun and provide that important social contact than can lead to more business.

It Keeps You Up To Date – Because of the many opportunities for involvement with government, business, education and other sectors of the community, the Chamber can maintain a sensitive eye on current developments and issues that affect its members and the business climate of the area.

It Is Informative – Within the Chamber, there are various programs and workshops on a wide range of topics that can provide valuable information.

Small business workshops, Chamber breakfasts and After-Hours, and other opportunities, provide members an excellent source of information that can directly benefit your business.

A Political Voice – The Chamber’s Board of Directors works at the grass roots level with local, state and national governmental leaders.

The Chamber is the “voice of business” and is involved with issues that impact your business and our community.

Reputation – It is good business to be associated with the top business, professional and civic leaders of your community as a chamber member.

Membership in the Chamber enhances your firm’s reputation because chamber membership shows your concern and support for the community.

Pride – You have the opportunity to help build a better community and show your pride in Demopolis.

Come join us…and grow old with us.