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Old 12-01-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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Is signing up for the local Chamber of Commerce worth it?

What are the benefits, where is the ad placed? who is going to see it?

Membership Dues for first year - $340.00 + 50.00 (one time new member setup fee) = $390.00. Thereafter dues would be $340.00 per year.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:01 PM   #2
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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Festerized,

Joining the Chamber will give you an opportunity to develop some personal relationships with all kinds of business people in your area. You'll get to know lots of bankers, lawyers, and other business people on a personal level. They get a chance to know you and decide whether you are the type of guy they might want to do business with.

You'll eventually do some business directly with the other members, but it is even more likely new business will come from friends, relatives and co-workers of the members you meet as they create credibility by recommending you to other people.

The dollars are pretty small compared to the potential returns. Jump on some committees to help out in your areas of interest. You'll get back as much from your membership as you put in.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:32 PM   #4
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Oh man you said lawyers. I refused to work for them! Ok not 100% true but still
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Sorry, most of them I know are friends and prefer to be called "attorneys".

I rarely use an attorney. I do quite a bit of work for attorneys and never write a contract. Some of them know me well and don't even ask the price.

That's the kind of relationships you can make in the Chamber. That said, I've been in and out of our Chamber over the years and never very active. But I've been on lot's of charities, non-profits, and groups who give a lot of their time making the community a better place. Nice people to work with regardless of their occupation.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:59 PM   #6
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Probably not the same in NJ, sharks they are, eat you up and spit you out wanting more
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:53 AM   #7
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I would not expect a ton of business from it, unless you really get into the networking aspect like Bill mentioned. It is just one more thing to add to your credibility though.
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joined three months ago and have meet alot of the big local business owners and the big realtors. They have a breakfast or dinner function every week. They also had a "home show" type event a few weeks ago and i got about 10 good leads. Im having a breakfast function at my showroom in jan and they said to expect 60 plus people. Just another form of marketing, and its cheap.

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