Benefits of Joining The St. Stephen Area Chamber of Commerce…
Why should you belong? What’s in it for your business?
The Chamber of Commerce is primarily a networking opportunity. People are way more likely to buy from you or recommend you WHEN THEY KNOW YOU! Relational connections play a huge part in choosing between competing businesses. So one of the Chamber’s main goals is to bring business people together.
Another important role the Chamber plays is furthering professional development. We are always looking to meet the learning needs of our members, and for most small businesses, expensive traning conferences and courses can be out of reach. We offer local training opportunities that meet the specific needs of our members; we often cover areas such as marketing, social media and finance, but we can arrange whatever training our members ask for.
We like to keep our members abreast of local and regional developments that impact their businesses, so we often have visiting speakers for breakfast or lunch events. These are opportunities to keep up to speed with current issues. We also partner with other local institutions such as Development St. Stephen and the BIA to spearhead initiatives that improve the local business environment.
The Chamber can influence government decisions at all levels, so we take action to support local retail, tourism and manufacturing industries.
And finally we offer a competitve insurance package for small businesses that would not otherwise have access to benefits.