Creating a Strong Local Economy
All members are…
- Included in the printed membership directory and have the opportunity to advertise in it.
- Listed in the Online Membership Directory on the Chamber’s web site with free alphabetical and categorical listings and a link to the member’s site. (For a small fee, an enhanced listing is available with color, logo and a short description.)
- Given the opportunity to place promotional material in the Chamber’s lobby.
- Given sponsorship opportunities which are a unique marketing tool that reaches both Chamber member businesses and the community.
- Encouraged to use the Chamber’s web site to advertise and place information on “Our Members Announce” page.
Small Business Assistance
The Chamber’s Small Business Council provides a series of educational programs, peer support, recognition and various networking opportunities.
Members also may apply to be a part of a CEO Roundtable which is a peer advisory group for larger businesses.
Smaller business owners may join the Small Business Owner’s Alliance which is an advisory group for companies with 10 or less employees.
The Chamber is a strong advocate for local business development as well as a local conference center.
Other benefits for members include:
- Leadership Edmond program
- Relocation Subscriptions
- Participation in many committees, task forces and councils to give input in Chamber events, policies and actions.
Promoting the Community
The Edmond Chamber is the community source. Chamber membership allows you to be at the heart of that source. Edmond maps, magazines and promotional literature on area attractions are available in the Chamber lobby.
The Chamber increases credibility and awareness by providing a membership plaque and window cling decal in member businesses, plus the opportunity to use the Chamber’s logo on member web sites.
The Chamber provides mailing labels for members to market to other members. The first set to new members is complimentary.
The Chamber allows members to rent the conference room for business meetings. Please call for availability.
New members or relocated businesses may have a ribbon cutting/ground breaking with a photo opportunity to be placed on the Chamber web site, Facebook page, Twitter account, and sent to the Edmond Sun newspaper.
The weekly e-news “The Chamber Voice” is the primary form of contact with members. The enews has a business spotlight which is chosen randomly from event attendance.
The Chamber’s Small Business Council recognizes local businesses who have made significant growth and outstanding contributions to the economy and the overall progress of the Edmond area with the Small Business of the Year Award.
The Chamber is active in community education, working with UCO, OC and Francis Tuttle to help grow our work force. Members are usually given discounts at local job fairs. The Chamber is also working to adopt a second elementary school through the Adopt-a-School program for businesses to work with Edmond Public Schools.
Providing Networking Opportunities and Business Contacts
Networking Opportunities – The Chamber provides more than 60 events each year for members to access other business leaders. Networking events include Business After Hours, Morning Mingle, Women’s Network Breakfast and Luncheons. We also have four large events each year which are the Awards Banquet, a Golf Tournament, Auction and a Sporting Clays Tournament.
Business Contacts – The Chamber is the largest business organization in Edmond designed for making new business contacts. The Chamber provides the visibility that businesses need to grow.
The Chamber produces a semiannual newsletter in which members can advertise their business at a very reasonable cost. Ask for a rate card today.
Monthly event postcards are mailed to all members. Sponsors of this card are also featured at the top of weekly Monday events e-mail, providing great exposure.
Business Referrals – The Chamber provides referrals on a daily basis in-person, over the phone, through e-mail requests and with the Online Membership Directory.
Edmond Young Professionals (EYP) – This program is for professionals in their 20s to 40s or young at heart. EYP broadens the base of activities available to young professionals by organizing a framework for social, educational and community service activities.
The group has networking events at least six times a year, educational events four times a year and special community service projects throughout the year.
Representing Business Interests to Government
The Edmond Chamber is the voice for business in the Edmond Community. It is dedicated to representing business interests.
Legislative Contacts – The Chamber holds meetings with legislative officials during Oklahoma’s Legislative Session to introduce members to legislators and provides an opportunity for input on business issues.
The Chamber also has a very active Governmental Affairs Council which works to advocate for issues addressed in the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda or relevant to the business community.
The Edmond Chamber is part of a Washington Fly-In where key Chamber members visit our nation’s capital for the purpose of advocating for Edmond businesses.