Joining The Chamber is Advantageous
One of the most beneficial moves that a local business can make is to join the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. This member-driven association has a mission to promote and facilitate the growth of the business community. Serving its members since 1921, the chamber staff looks forward to many more years of service.
To fulfill its goal of assisting existing ventures and attracting new ones, the chamber works closely with the City of Hollister and the County of San Benito to keep business bustling and consumers attracted to the area. This partnership additionally promotes the perfect atmosphere for entrepreneurs looking for a home for their company.
Assisting with the area’s economy is not the chamber’s only objective, though. The group also provides a unified voice for members in governmental affairs on local, state and national levels. It follows issues that could affect business and encourages elected officials to support those that would have a positive impact on local businesses.
An important benefit of membership is networking with other area business people. By sponsoring membership luncheons, Business after Hours, Lunch & Learns and other functions, where the chamber provides valuable opportunities for members to make new business contacts.
Referrals are another direct benefit of membership. When the chamber office receives calls about where to obtain particular products or services, members are always the first reference the chamber staff provides.
These are just some of the reasons why businesses should align themselves with an organization that cares about its members and the community. Contact the chamber to see what other benefits the group can offer your company.
Business After Hours Mixer:
Host one of our monthly Business After Hours Mixers. Have the floor to talk about your business, give guided tours of your facility or showcase your specialty food, and we’ve even held a treasure hunt. Use your imagination and our staffs expertise to plan a unique event that will make you stand out in a crowd. This is a great way to introduce other chamber members to your business and make new connections. Nine opportunities to network throughout the year.
Business Advocacy Committee:
Monthly roundtable discussion about Federal, State and local issues that impact your business and our community. Work with local officials to help with economic development and encourage businesses to relocate or expand to our county. Guest speakers include council members, county supervisors, transportation officials and educators. Eleven opportunities throughout the year to stay connected.
Monday Brew & Perks:
Meets twice a month for a round table discussion to share marketing ideas, partnerships with other businesses, discuss issues that are impacting your business and what we can do to help. Focusing on small to medium sized businesses, home-based business, sole proprietors, those starting out or those who need fresh ideas. Building a stronger business community is what we all want. More than twenty opportunities a year to meet with over business members in a small group setting.
Making that happen takes team work so let’s all get involved.
Shop Local - Shop Small:
The Chamber organizes the Shop Local – Shop Small campaign each year, helping to bring awareness to our community about how shopping local improves the community we Live, Work and Play in.
Lunch & Learn:
Several times a year the chamber organizes networking opportunity with guest speakers to make presentations. Speakers include the City Manager , First Responders, Tax Experts and such. Topics are always current to what is happening in our community. Chamber members can sponsor a lunch to advertise their business. More than nine networking opportunities a year.
The Chamber organizes several educational opportunities throughout the year for members to brush up on social media marketing, Quickbooks, new tax laws, human resources requirements and other workshops that help strengthen our business community.
Business Expo & Job Fair:
Each year the San Benito County Chamber organizes our county Business Expo & Job Fair. This opportunity is open to all businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, healthcare, etc. Entertainment is provided and it gives the community a chance to see what we have to offer.
San Benito County Fair Booth:
The chamber provides its’ member a FREE space to advertise their business in the Chamber’s county fair booth. The chamber staff sets up and takes down the booth when the fair is over. All our members need to do is provide staff and their information. It is a membership investment benefit.
Wreaths Across America:
In 2015 the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce brought this national program to San Benito County. Wreaths Across America is celebrated all across the county on the same day in December to honor our Veteran’s by putting a wreath at each headstone. It is a community event where service clubs, 4-H members, Boy & Girl Scouts and community volunteers spend the morning placing the wreaths.
Chamber Ribbon Cuttings:
Are you a new business, celebrating an anniversary, launching a new product or expanding your showroom. The chamber will advertise, organize and promote your business by holding a ribbon cutting. Some ideas to bring in new customers to the celebration range from Hawaiian Hula Dancers to Scavenger Hunts and wine give-a-ways. Only Chamber members are entitled to receive this service and media exposure.
The Business/Visitors Guide:
Each year the chamber publishes the guide, by selling ad space, writing editorials, hunting for the right pictures, and makes sure the county is well represented. Hundreds of hours go into producing 10,000 copies of the magazine you are reading. We are proud to be the leader in getting the word out about what a great diverse community we have.
These are just a few of the benefits of your membership investment. There are many more benefits that you see and do not see. Our staff is always working behind the scenes to make sure our members, our community and our visitors enjoy what we have.