Did you know…if your company is a member then you’re a member too? Cool huh.
It’s true, when your company is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, that membership includes all of its employees too. We think it’s a great employee benefit to pass along to you.
So, now that you know this great news…you and your coworkers are encouraged to attend as much as you want and as often as you can.
Here are 4 tips to get the most out of your chamber membership…
1. Make sure our information about you is accurate and complete.
Well, if you’re reading this, then you obviously know how to access our web site, www.kcchamber.com, which includes a searchable online membership directory (the Marketplace) that is database-driven. That means that the information you see on the site is what we have in our database. Check your listing and see if the information is correct and up to date. If it’s not, give Amy a call at 816-374-5410.
2. Attend something. You get out of your Chamber membership what you put into it.
It might be an educational seminar like Business Brain Food, or a visit from a foreign ambassador in the World Trade Center of KC, a committee meeting (there’s something like 35 different committees to chose from), or a networking program such as Business After Hours. Whatever suits your fancy. Attend something and expand not only your mind but also your network of potential vendors and clients. Visit the calendar of events on our homepage to see what’s coming up.
What? You don’t have time to get out? No problem, we come to you weekly with Your Chamber at Work. A pithy newsletter that is a quick, informative read and it will keep you up to speed on what’s happening around The Chamber and for our members.
3. When you do attend something… look to make new friends.
Look for the yellow name badges that signify Chamber Champions. The Chamber Champions group exists to help make your transition into Chamber life easier; in fact, we’ve tagged them as “your friends in the yellow badge!” If for any reason you feel nervous or uncomfortable meeting new people, seek out a Chamber Champion to help with your introductions. They are great networkers and they know a lot of people. They’re pros at helping you get better connected. It’s important to us that you have a good experience.
4. Get to know us. We’re here to work for you. Let us know what your business is all about so we can spread the word.
Tell a staff person or a Chamber Champion what your business does. What part of the metro area do you serve? What is your specialty product or service? Who are your customers and more importantly who do you want to meet? When businesses join The Chamber they tell us what categories of service they offer, similar to their category in the phone book. Many times that is not enough information to make a qualified referral. The more information we know about you, the more we can pass along to the right people who are interested in making contact with you.
Share your “good news” with us when something really great happens to your company or when you get something new. And forward your news releases when you do something newsworthy.
If you would like more insight or detail on any of these tips feel free to talk to anyone on staff. We’re here to help you. Many of you have probably already visited with our Manager of Member Relations, Amy Fennesy. She is a great resource to help you get plugged in to The Chamber. We like to refer to her as The Chamber’s Concierge. Contact her at 816-374-5410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A good place to get started and to meet up with us would be The Chamber’s Morning Schmooze this week. Wednesday, July 14th at Cerner Corporation from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. – the event is FREE for members only. And… it’s ok if you just show up. If you want more detail, click here.
One more thing. If you just want to get more insight on how to utilize The Chamber, then I invite you to attend Your Chamber Connection, a member orientation designed to help members identify how to utilize our programs and services. Just send me an email if you want to attend at Feehan@kcchamber.com.
I look forward to seeing YOU at the next chamber event!
Have a great Kansas City day!