At Swipe for a Cause we are big on Chambers of Commerce. We owe them a lot for our success and for that we want to say Thank you!
Throughout the country are groups of businesses that represent the community with the goal of energizing the local economy. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (http://www.acce.org) estimates that there are over 13,000 Chambers in the United States. For people to work, there has to be jobs-for there to be jobs, there has to be business-for your community to attract businesses, there has to be a welcoming environment to encourage commerce and entrepreneurship. So that means if you are business operating in a community that has a Chamber of Commerce, they want you to succeed. In this brutally competitive world, isn't it nice to have a friend?
Sometimes we hear that people don't get a lot out of chamber membership. This often comes as a surprise to us. We’ll ask what networking events they went to and what meetings did they attended? 9 times out of 10 they joined, but then didn’t participate. This is such a loss. The Chambers we belong to offer all sorts of ways to meet potential clients. There are very few weeks that go by that someone from Swipe for a Cause doesn’t attend at least one Chamber networking event. These events allow our sales force to get to know potential clients…and for potential clients to get to know Swipe for a Cause…in a casual atmosphere as opposed to the formal, ultra-structured feel of many networking venues-which are also great but for different reasons. Since many of the businesses we currently process for are Chamber members as well, Chamber networking events give us one more way to connect with them. Seeing a merchant outside their place of business is a great way to converse casually about what we are doing right and if there are ways we could be serving them better. Swipe for a Cause’s great success and growth over the years is proof that Chambers of Commerce work…that is if you participate in what they have to offer.
So here are some tips on getting the most out of your local Chamber of Commerce: