Why should my company join the One SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce?
Chamber membership conveys credibility and stability to your customers. Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce will open the door to many contacts that can help your business grow through the power of referrals and networking.
Who isn’t looking to increase revenues, save money and grow their business? The proven method for many local companies is through Chamber membership. If you are a business owner or an employee of a business in the South Coast area, you need to join the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce.
There’s really no better way to grow your business and stay informed about the latest issues that may have an impact on the way you do business than to get involved in the Chamber. Just ask any one of our seasoned members who can attest to the return they have received on their investment.
Networking and business marketing opportunities, small business seminars, cutting-edge technology designed to keep you in front of customers and aggressive business advocacy are just a few of the benefits you will take advantage of as a Chamber member.
If you are in business and serious about growing your network, don’t delay – you really can’t afford to not be a Chamber member!
Benefits of Membership
Chamber membership is more than having a voice for local businesses. The Chamber is a tangible rainmaker for member companies. According to a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. That is why the benefits we offer at the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce and Industry are specifically tailored to increase a member company’s productivity, efficiency, access to information and influential people, and above all, generate new revenue streams.
Member Businesses Referrals
The Chamber receives requests every day for business referrals and references regarding health insurers, manufacturers, service providers, restaurants, tourist attractions, builders, realtors, attorneys, accountants, plumbers, retailers, etc. The Chamber refers and promotes members in good standing. The Chamber also frequently learns of opportunities that may not be known to the general population. Make sure the Chamber promotes and links your company to referrals and other opportunities by being a Chamber member.
Our outstanding Member-to-Member discount program is the talk of the region. It allows business owners and employees from each Chamber member business the opportunity to receive at a discount from participating businesses just by presenting their membership card. The Chamber has also negotiated many affinity partnerships designed to save your company many in advertising, e-commerce, office supplies, legal fees, etc. Massachusetts has the highest cost of energy in the United States. While advocating to reduce the cost of energy the Chamber has also made available several energy cost savings programs for small and large businesses. An example is our cost saving collaborative for large scale energy users made available through the SouthCoast Electric Power Group (SCEPG).
Health Insurance Referrals
Please visit our Health Insurance Referral page for a list of Chamber member health insurance company referrals.
Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
The Chamber assists new or existing businesses with grand openings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. We add to your special event by publishing it in our monthly Bristol Business News newspaper that is circulated throughout the Fall River to Providence metro region.
Access to Free Business Consultation Services
The Chamber works every day to connect individuals and businesses with our partners at the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and SCORE. Both agencies have offices in the Chamber building. The Chamber also provides referrals to SEED, MassDevelopment Corp., and the Fall River Office of Economic Development (FROED).
The Chamber partners with a variety of business professionals to present seminars, forums and trainings. They are all focused toward the needs of your company. All seminars are either free or offered at a reduced cost to Chamber members.
Free Business Networking
To help you grow your business the Chamber offers a variety of business networking and social events throughout the year. These events are free to Chamber members. They are designed to generate less formal occasions for introductions, information sharing and provide new business leads and growth potential.
Free Directory Listings
Each member receives a free listing in our membership directory that also serves as a regional tourism guide. Additionally, members get a free listing on our website directory. We also offer an updated printed membership list upon request.
Advertising, Promotional and other Exposure Opportunities
There are many ways to link your company to the Chamber brand. High impact marketing opportunities include the “Voice of Business,” a Chamber produced weekly radio program on WSAR 1480 AM; the “World of Business Segment” radio program, on Radio Voz do Emigrante/WHTB 1400 AM, which connects the Chamber with the SE Massachusetts and Rhode Island Portuguese speaking community; the “Bristol Business Connection,” a Chamber cable access television program; the “Business Connection” a monthly editorial page in The Herald News; the “Bristol Business News,” our monthly newsletter publication; sponsorship of events; placement in our website directory and many other media partnership opportunities.
Notary public services are provided by the Chamber free to members. Certificate of Origin stamping is another free benefit.
The Chamber also provides free employment and classified ad listings for Chamber members on our website, and there is so much more!