Is Chamber of Commerce membership probably the best value networking and business advocacy association in Canada? We think so! Membership entitles you and your business to a whole range of benefits, from specialist insurance schemes to advertising opportunities. Combine these with the support and advocacy role of your local Chamber in supporting local business, and membership is practically a must-have for any business wanting to grow, to be part of their community and to develop their people.
Home and auto insurance savings for you
Insurance is something every homeowner and driver requires. So, Chamber members can benefit from discounted home and auto insurance via Cowan Insurance, and be entered into a draw to win a $5,000 Visa gift card. Equally, as a member, you qualify for exclusive rates from CAA Insurance, including up to 20% savings on auto insurance and up to 10% savings on home insurance. AND you can also get special deals on home, auto and travel insurance through Johnson Inc.
Group insurance plan for your employees
For businesses, the Chambers Group Insurance Plan is a non-for-profit employee benefits program available only to Chamber members. Designed specifically for small businesses, and with hundreds of options, it offers the flexibility of a large custom plan with the stability of a nonprofit. It’s also suitable for one person firms, home-based businesses and even farms, keeping things simple so you can focus on your business. The online my-benefits® portal is like your online personal assistant, allowing you to manage your plan, calculate payroll deductions, print off forms, booklets, submit claims, access support, and more.
Valuable discounts to use everyday
Membership gives you a wide selection of everyday discounts, including a fuel discount ($0.035 per litre) for your company and its employees at all Canadian ESSO-branded service stations. You can secure preferred rates on your electronic processing through First Data Canada, and save every time you ship goods with the UPS® Savings Program or use Purolator courier services. More details here:
Member Directory listing
Imagine full details of your business online, available 24/7, hosted by a highly reputable local organisation – and linking direct to your website. That’s what the Chamber Directory offers to all members. It’s a simple, uncluttered, reliable directory that’s fully accessible to anyone to view online, on any device, and you can log in and update your own details whenever you wish. Membership Directory.
Want to reach over 650 fellow members with your message, direct into their inboxes? Our Chamber e-blast service sends a full-page email containing your PDF from our own Chamber email, for just $150 + HST. That’s less than 25cents per email. You could also offer your fellow Chamber members a special rate on your products or services – call us for details. Business Advertising.
Chamber events enjoy a high profile both amongst members and in the local community. We offer a complete range of sponsorship packages to suit all business types and budgets, for our high profile events including Forks and Corks, the Chamber Golf Tournament, and our Business Awards of Excellence.
The social benefits
Your local Chamber isn’t just about work! Meet fellow members at our social events throughout the year, or join one of our exclusive foreign travel adventures, taking you to some of the world’s most exciting locations in the company of fellow members. Not forgetting, of course, our regular networking events and annual Business Awards of Excellence, a chance to catch up with old friends and maybe win an award too!
And there’s more
One of the ‘hidden’ roles your Chamber does is to advocate for business at local, provincial and national levels. We monitor, scrutinize and influence the development and implementation of public policies that affect businesses and the community. It’s an important part of our role in presenting the concerns of local businesses to municipal, provincial, or federal government.
Any questions? Just ask
For more details of how your local Chamber can help grow your business, call us, or make an appointment at our offices in downtown Woodstock. We look forward to helping you very soon!