by Sheri Heiney, President & CEO of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce
Let’s place the advocacy, marketing, advertising and public relations benefits of Chamber membership on the back burner. This article is about what the Chamber can do for you and your employees specifically, not the business.
The Chamber has a number of education opportunities in which you and your employees can learn about important matters for free (or at a very low cost).
Chamber webinar topics may include things like diversity, how to excel in social media, and local economic interests in your area. They can help you become a more well-rounded professional, change careers, or get up-to-date on important topics in the community.
The Chamber offers a lot of opportunities to volunteer for different committees or events. You may find a volunteer position in a subject that interests you like women leaders, diversity, workforce development and marketing. Not only can these volunteer positions be added to your resume, but volunteering could also help you meet people with similar interests and help you grow your professional network.
Getting involved with the Chamber can help you meet more people and grow your professional network, and make new friendships.
Business expansion, hidden opportunities
As you grow your network, you may learn of additional business possibilities that could expand your current business or launch a new one. You may learn of seed money, grants, SBA funding or private opportunities.
Often business deals get made before anything is formally published or requested. Being personally involved in the Chamber may help you be a part of those types of discussions and make you aware of opportunities before they become public.
The same may be true of the hidden job market. A contact may tell you they’re looking for someone before posting it on a job site, giving you the advantage.
If you get involved with the Chamber, there are many benefits to your professional growth and career. Plus, those benefits can be given to all of your employees. That can be a real selling point for someone looking for a great company culture.
For more information about the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, visit www.prescott.org or call 928.445.2000 or 1.800.266.7534, or stop by the Visitor Information Center, 117 W. Goodwin St.