Membership

Local Store Marketing: Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 14, 2013 in Business Start-up , Marketing , Membership , Networking , News
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Joining and becoming active in your local chamber of commerce is an excellent way to increase your store’s visibility within your local business area.  In addition to meeting a number of key local business contacts who can turn into group sales and individual patrons of your store, your chamber of commerce offers inexpensive advertising programsthat place your store front and center with the chamber’s membership.

Attending as many chamber events in your community as possible enables you to get to know the other businesses in the area and stay top-of-mind with key networkers.  The time commitment is negligible throughout the year, but the payback can be quick since most chamber members share the same trade area as you and are very well-connected throughout it.
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Coordinating the 2013 Berkeley County Magazine

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 10, 2012 in Community Events , Marketing , Membership , News , Tourism
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We are in the process of coordinating our upcoming Berkeley County Magazine.  Since the first publication, the Chamber has received compliments on this high end magazine.  The deadline to submit articles and ads is 12/31/12.

This year we are looking for what makes Berkeley County unique along with innovating programs and projects.  We will also be including a few testimonials on why you located your business here in Berkeley County.

If you have suggestions, please write a description along with contact information.  If you have any questions, please contact us at the Chamber Office.

New Members: November 2012

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 13, 2012 in Member News , Membership , News
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Welcome

O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.
Ms. Janette Alexander
2170 Ashley Phosphate Road, 5th Floor
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone:  (843) 553-6670
Fax:  (843) 553-0755
Email:  janette.alexander@obg.com
Website:  www.obg.com

Merrimack Heights
Ms. Rhonda Carter
319 Merrimack Boulevard
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone:  (843) 899-4400
Email:  Merrimack@boyd-mail.com
Website:  www.boydmanagement.com

Sanders Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
Mr. Gregory Sanders
1990 Harley Street
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone:  (843) 744-4261
Fax:  (843) 554-2095
Website:  www.sandersbrothers.com

 

Now Accepting Applications for 2013 Leadership Berkeley

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 16, 2012 in Government Affairs , Membership , News , Productivity
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Mini Business Expo on June 7, 2012

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 1, 2012 in Event Highlights , Marketing , Membership , News
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Dear Chamber Member,

We are proud to present an exciting opportunity for your business! On June 7, 2012, we will be hosting a Mini Business Expo at the Redbank Club in Goose Creek in conjunction with one of our popular Business Mixers.  This is an excellent platform to showcase your products and offerings in front of a captive audience of professionals, community and business leaders, elected officials and the general public.  We will be providing heavy hors d’oeurves and refreshments to make the day more relaxed and special. read more »

Best Companies Join Chambers of Commerce

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 6, 2011 in Business Tips , Membership , News
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“The best places to work tend to belong to their local chamber of commerce, according to a recent study by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the United States and Canada, 94 of the recognized businesses are members of their local chamber, including all of the top 24.

Separately, ACCE found that in a random sample of 100 companies in the Fortune 1000, at least 75 of those sampled organizations were members of their local chamber.

Local chambers of commerce are associations of businesses that come together to improve the local economic climate and help members network and find new business. Strong employers link with and learn from like-minded peer companies through business-led civic organizations – chambers of commerce.

The Fort Worth Chamber’s selection of programs, services and events are designed to connect the business community of Fort Worth. There is no other organization in the metroplex that offers better variety, quality and frequency of networking, planning, education and special events.

Consumers seem to expect chamber members to be better-than-average companies. A study by the Atlanta-based Shapiro Group last August found that consumers are 63 percent more likely to buy products from companies that they believe are chamber members.

National Study – Good News for Members

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 1, 2011 in Membership , News
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The Shapiro Group, and Atlanta-based market research firm, conducted a national study which revealed great news for Chamber members:

  • When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
  • Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is 29% more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.
  • If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community, and is an industry leader.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43% more likely to consider buying insurance from it.