The Chamber is a partner that every business needs

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 10, 2006

So the series comes to a close! This will be my last article to discuss the inner-workings of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce. In the last couple of weeks we have looked at the structure, purpose, mission, goals, duties, events, schedules and partnerships of the Chamber. I hope that this information has been helpful in explaining what the Chamber of Commerce is, what we do and how we do it.

So, keeping in mind all of the information you have learned over the last couple of weeks, I’d like to close this series by offering some good reasons why the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce is one partner that every business needs:

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

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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.

-Kelley Smith is president of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached by calling (334) 289-0270.