Joining the Chamber is a good business strategy.
Two-thirds of consumers believe that chamber member companies:
- use good business practices
- are reputable
- care about their customers
- are involved in the community
80% of the consumers surveyed were more likely to purchase goods and services from chamber members than non-members.
Source – The Schapiro Group
What our members are saying…
Jimmy Simpson Foundation
“Being a member of the Walker County Chamber provides networking opportunities that are the lifeblood of a non-profit. Through our involvement with the Chamber we have gained insights into Walker County as well as made valuable contacts to be able to continue our mission and vision for the Jimmy Simpson Foundation.”
Here are just a few of the benefits available to Chamber members:
Members Only Facebook Group
Get feedback within minutes from the business community. Ask for business referrals, find volunteers, post job openings and more, all within this closed members-only forum. Already a member? Request to join.
We know that many of our small businesses do not have large advertising budgets. That’s why the Chamber purchases bulk advertising and passes along the savings along to our members. From billboards to newspaper advertising, you can take advantage of cheaper rates by being a member of the Chamber. Learn more.
Georgia Chamber Federation
As a member of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, businesses with less than 10 employees receive a complimentary membership to the Georgia Chamber Federation, a partnership between our Chamber and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The Federation provides advocacy & legislative updates, a Human Resource hotline and more resources for small businesses. To learn more, please visit www.gachamber.com/federation.
U.S. Chamber Federation
In addition to the Walker County Chamber’s benefits that our members already enjoy, U.S. Chamber Federation membership provides access to members-only sections of www.uschamber.com, including thousands of small business tips and tools; discounts on products and services; uschamber.com Weekly e-newsletter; the U.S. Chamber’s monthly flagship publication, uschamber.com; and timely communications alerting small businesses to pressing legislation or policy initiatives. (Must meet the U.S. Chamber’s requirements as a small business to qualify for the complimentary membership.)
Complimentary Job Postings
Are you searching for the ideal candidate to join your team? Let us help you by spreading the word among the business community through our weekly newsletter, online job board, and other outlets. Get your posting in front of those who are active in the business community and find your next candidate more quickly.
Do you have an upcoming event or sale? Or a big announcement? Send us the information to include in our e-newsletter, which goes out to members and community leaders. Not receiving the e-newsletter? Sign up here.
Certificates of Origin
For our manufacturing partners, you may be required to have a stamp of origin on the products you export. This is a free service provided to all Chamber members. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
The Walker County Chamber of Commerce also serves as the Regional Visitor Information Center, through the state of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development – Tourism Division. This means we work with officials at the regional and state level to promote businesses, restaurants, retail shops and attractions. Some of those referrals have led to publicity in statewide culinary publications, not to mention the countless visitors we’ve helped in our office as they stop in for local recommendations.
From professional development luncheons to the Leadership Walker County program, our members receive discounted pricing on programs and initiatives designed to help them grow their network.
Online Business Directory
Each year, thousands of visitors browse our website in search of local businesses. In addition to getting referrals from friends online, statistics show that businesses who are members of a chamber of commerce are viewed more favorably by consumers. Help improve your online presence and increase your visibility online by having a listing on the Chamber’s website.
Feature your business or showcase an upcoming event at one of our Spotlight Tables. These exhibitor tables are available at no charge at our monthly membership luncheons. Get your message or brand directly in front of the business community and have the chance to address the crowd. Tables are limited each month, so please call the Chamber to reserve your table.
As a member, you’ll have the opportunity to be featured in our digital Community Guide. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Chamber.
Facebook Live Videos
Let the community learn more about your business with a behind the scenes look at your company. These videos are published on the Chamber’s Facebook page in an effort to broaden your network and educate followers about the many types of businesses in and around Walker County.
Members Only Events & Workshops
From lunch & learns to webinars and workshops, we strive to offer topics that will help you grow your business. We also offer a new member orientation to help you get acquainted with all of the benefits we offer, along with introducing you to colleagues from local businesses.
Ready to join? Fill out the membership application form, or contact us at (706) 375-7702.
Prefer to print and mail your application? Download here.