Today is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day, and even if you’re not a member of a local chamber, today is a great day to come together, meet other business owners in your area, and recognize the power of small businesses.
In California there are more chambers of commerce than there are cities. While each chamber is unique and may choose to emphasize some activities over others, all chambers work toward economic development, prosperity, and employer community. Local chambers provide a real linkage to the thoughts and priorities of business—especially small business around the state. With 80–90% of local chamber members having fewer than 20 employees, local chambers are a major grassroots voice for “Main Street” California.
If you’re interested in supporting your local chamber, there are plenty of ways to get involved! Here are a few options to consider.
- Join Your Local Chamber
Your local chamber of commerce exists to support the interests of businesses in your area. By becoming a member, you can take advantage of networking opportunities, advertise to customers in your area, access discounts, and more. It’s a great resource for getting advice and finding the right resources to help grow your business.
To locate your nearest local chamber, visit: https://advocacy.calchamber.com/resources/local-chambers/lookup/.
Consider partnering with your local chamber on a volunteer effort. Cleaning up a park, delivering meals to those in need, or spending time at a nearby animal shelter is a great way to give back to the community and gain visibility for chamber members. Getting out around the city is a chance to meet potential customers and promote your business, as well as your local chamber.
3. Post on Social Media
Take to social media today to celebrate the day and tag your local chamber. Highlight any events you’ve attended in the past year or any positive experiences you’ve had, thanks to your local chamber of commerce.