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1 Membership Orientation Welcome to the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce

2 Why be a member of the Chamber?  To promote your business  Network to find more customers  Stay informed to be the best  Credibility as a community supporter

3 Personal Referrals The Chamber receives over 25,000 requests each year from people inquiring about Sandpoint and needing goods and services in the Sandpoint area. Advertising Participate in economical advertising through our e-newsletter, Business Lines, Sandpoint Visitor Guide, Membership Directory, Visitor & Relocation Packets, State Awarded Grant Funds, the Visitor Center, and more! Website Exposure The GSCOC receives over 1 million hits per year to our site. Of those, over 70,000 hits are tied to our online member business directory. Promotion

4 Free Chamber advertising & services: Host a 5:01 After Hours Ribbon Cutting or Grand Opening Post a hot deal to our website Member to Member Discount program *NEW* Add a job posting Write an article for our monthly e-newsletter *NEW* Present a seminar as a part of our Chamber Training Institute *NEW* Post an event to our calendar Networking at CBC meetings Donate a prize for the monthly GML Donate an item for the annual Ultimate Auction Donate a prize for a giveaway at a 5:01 After Hours (contact the host) Free opportunities

5 Chamber Advertising Opportunities Price List Chamber Mailing List in pdf file in label format or Excel Format$35* Chamber Mailing List on Labels$50* Newsletter Advertisement (single page full color)$100 General Membership Lunch Sponsor (1 per luncheon)$100 Includes: -Logo on publications & in Chamber slides -Display table at luncheon & banner up at lunch -One free lunch -5 min presentation about business during lunch General Membership Lunch Display Table (6 per luncheon)$50 -Business name on Chamber slides -Display table in the room -Banner display in the room -Includes one lunch GML Tables Sponsor(1 per luncheon)*NEW*$25 -Recognition in Chamber lunch welcome -Exclusive opportunity to place marketing materials on all tables -Your logo on table tent on all tables *charge is for each time you purchase/use list Advertising Opportunities

6 Events Network with other members through 501 After Hours, General Membership Luncheons, through the CBC leads group and numerous other events hosted by the Chamber. Alliances Gain valuable interaction with neighboring communities in Idaho and Washington through alliances with chambers, local government, and economic development groups. Networking

7 Community Supporter By being involved with the Chamber, you are saying that you belong to the greater Sandpoint area business community and have the support of its members, Board of Directors, and dedicated staff. Credibility

8 According to a report by the Shapiro Group: If consumers know a small business is a member of a Chamber, they enjoy: -A 44% increase in consumer favorability rating -A 51% increase in consumer awareness -A 57% increase in its local reputation -A 63% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize your business in the future

9 Programs & Services Stay current on issues of interest to the community by getting involved in one of our committees. Publications & Forums Our monthly e-newsletter Business Lines and our weekly e-news will keep you informed of what’s happening. Each month GML guest speakers focus on current topics of interest. Workshops & Seminars Keep your competitive edge through workshops and seminars designed to meet your needs. Tourism Tourism affects every business owner, thus the Chamber will keep you informed of visitor data. Staying Informed

10 Four distinct branches of the Chamber: Committees and Councils Ambassadors Leadership Visit Sandpoint Branches of the Chamber

11 Committees and Councils: Ag & Forestry Business Development Chamber Business Connections Education Government Affairs Health & Wellness Women in Business Branches of the Chamber

12 Ambassadors: The Ambassadors service as the face of the Chamber at many community events and functions such as ribbon cuttings, grand openings, ground breakings, and 5:01 After Hours. They also serve as a welcoming entity to new members and businesses and can serve as a resource for existing members. The Ambassadors serve to assist in recruiting new members, member retention, and with the Chamber’s public relations efforts. The Ambassadors also oversee the Chamber’s business recognition program and continue to strive to find more ways to recognize our local businesses. Branches of the Chamber

13 Leadership: Leadership Sandpoint – A program designed to identify and motivate potential leaders by acquainting them with community needs and issues and encouraging them to learn about the alternatives available to solving those issues. The program also provides an opportunity for participants to interface directly with past and present leaders in the community and to then be motivated for making a contribution back. Youth Leadership – A program designed to identify and educate future community leaders by exposing them to key issues facing our community through experiential and service learning opportunities. The program also provides an opportunity for participants to interface directly with past and present leaders in the community and to then be motivated for making a contribution back. Branches of the Chamber

14 Visit Sandpoint Mission: To promote tourism into the Greater Sandpoint area through effective membership communication and networking, and maximization of Idaho Travel Council (ITC Grant) funds in public relations, web presence and cooperative advertising efforts. Tourism is a significant source of revenue for the Greater Sandpoint area. The Visit Sandpoint Committee’s activities will assist with the positive business development of tourism related businesses, which in turn will promote other area businesses on which tourism business rely. Branches of the Chamber

15 Thank you for coming today. Corrie will give you a tour of the Visitor’s Center and show you how to take advantage of your membership through our website. Any Questions?

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