Business owners know the importance of marketing. To that end, many choose to join their local chamber of commerce.
What is it exactly?
Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce Director Angie Hibben sheds some light on the organization.
A Chamber, she explains, is a coalition of local businesses, industries, organizations and professionals who pool their talents and resources to improve the economic, civic and cultural climate of their community. .
The Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership based organization and does not receive taxpayer dollars to operate. However, it provides a venue through which business professionals can take effective action for the advancement and growth of their communities and businesses.
“We have a credible voice speaking on behalf of business and industry,” Hibben said. “We are one of the most efficient and effective networking systems available to promote your business and expand your customer base. We work tirelessly to promote our members and can provide you with resources and referrals to grow your business.
Is your business located outside of Oswego? About one-third of House members are found in 22 communities that surround Oswego.
“Some of our members are also members of surrounding chambers, which broadens your potential reach with clients and other businesses to work with,” Hibben said. “Your interest should be in an organization that promotes member businesses and devotes full-time attention to building a strong business community. The networking, visibility and opportunities offered by the Chamber are a valuable asset and investment for businesses of all types and sizes.
Being a member of the Chamber means more than just attending meetings and events. Businesses have a number of exposure opportunities, including a listing on the Oswego Area Chamber website, a mobile app, and a print directory. The Chamber also reposts member events, job postings and promotions on its Facebook page, and uses Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to help increase member awareness. In addition, companies are offered training seminars.
The Chamber also contributes to informing businesses.
“If you want to be informed about current events and things that concern you, the Chamber is a great source of information for that,” Hibben said. “We also let elected officials know what members of our chamber think of the current legislation and the issues affecting them.”
Another membership benefit?
“We only refer businesses that are members of our chamber to the public and other business people,” Hibben said.
Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce: 73 W Van Buren Street: Oswego, IL 60543: 630.554.3505 http://www.oswegochamber.org/