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  • Why You Shouldn't Join the Chamber

    The other day I was told, “We’ll join the Chamber if you buy from us.” Ugh!

    I’m not sure if the person meant me or the Chamber when they said “you,” but sadly I knew I would not close the sale because at this time neither I nor the Chamber have need for this particular widget. This wasn’t a first-time experience. Sometimes the statement is more along the lines of “We won’t be renewing because we didn’t get business from the Chamber.”

    It’s time for a change.

    Please don’t ask “What can my business get with its Chamber membership?” but instead “What can my business do with its Chamber membership?”

    For many decision makers this will require a paradigm shift. Your company leaders may need to make a fundamental change in their approach or underlying assumptions about Chamber membership.

    My colleagues across the country remind me often that Chamber membership isn't another club. It's a stamp of credibility and integrity. It sends a clear signal to customers, competitors and employees that a business is engaged and wants to contribute to its community.

    I would like to talk with you about the benefits of membership. I’d like to visit and tell you how you can connect. I can share specific examples of how businesses have grown because of Chamber membership. I will introduce you to others who can help you succeed.

    Would you like to know more about how your business can take advantage of Chamber membership? Let’s schedule a visit.

    While I can’t buy from every business I will make a commitment to, and encourage others to, shop the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce first.

    Nancy-jo Manney is the executive director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys sharing what she's learned during her 18 plus years in the chamber business. Give her a call and set up a visit, 703-866-3500.

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    Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

     6434 Brandon Avenue

    Springfield, Virginia 22150

     703-866-3500

    info@springfieldchamber.org

     

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