It is through member participation that the Chamber succeeds at supporting our community.
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Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy!
A recent national survey* reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy. It shows that two-thirds (2/3) of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber, consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products or services stack up better against its competition.
Major Impact on Small Businesses
Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits to small business members. If respondents know that a small business is a member of a local chamber of commerce, the business enjoys:
- 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating
- 73% increase in consumer awareness
- 68% increase in its local reputation
- an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future
*The study was conducted in 2012 by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm. It was commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in cooperation with the Western Association of Chamber Executives. The study was sponsored by Inspirity, a Houston-based company that provides human resources and other business services to more than 100,000 businesses nationwide.
Reach close to 4,000 individuals and businesses with your announcements of events, occasions and promotions. Use this powerful tool to brand your business or service. Announce new staff hires; new business expansions and/or lines offered or carried; even new menus or specials. This benefit is exclusive to Coconut Grove Chamber members.
Our new, greatly enhanced web site offers Chamber members an effective way to reach an average of 15,000 unique monthly visitors to our on-line presence.
By placing on-line advertising at a very nominal fee, you broadcast your brand, whether it is for retail, real estate, accounting, legal services or leisure and dining options in our community. Such advertising shows that your business supports our community and the Chamber. Coconut Grove is a tourist destination, and as such, the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce website is a source for people coming to the Grove from all over the world who regularly check our website.
Our Breakfast Seminars are held seasonally, offering our members exposure to current and topical trends in business, communications, economics, labor, employment, insurance, and similar areas of interest. We invite experts from the private sector, government officials and civic leaders to join us as guest speakers. These breakfasts also offer the opportunity to network with your fellow members and their guests.
MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENTS
These well attended get-togethers provide a variety of opportunities for our membership to meet one another, as well as members of other chambers of commerce in local settings. Bring your business cards and take advantage of these events to introduce yourself, your business or service, make new friends, business contacts and stay connected.
MIAMI WOMEN’S NETWORKING INITIATIVE
This networking cocktail reception is held on the last Monday of every month. It is is a time for women of all professional backgrounds to meet, network, share ideas, promote their businesses and learn from featured guest speakers. The event is free, open to both men and women and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of prosecco, followed by wine and refreshments at happy hour prices.
Regularly scheduled luncheons provide an opportunity to network and listen to invited guest speakers on current events and relevant subjects.
GOLDEN COCONUT AWARDS
Each year, the Chamber honors individuals and businesses who have significantly contributed to advance the business, civic and community interests of Coconut Grove. The community has the opportunity to nominate in various categories, those individuals whose talent, time and energy has benefitted our Grove community. This is an evening of fine food and refreshments, live music and warm fellowship in recognition of our colleagues and peers.
MEMBERSHIP PLAQUES AND SIGNAGE
All members of the Chamber will receive a distinctive wall plaque which proudly identifies your business as a strong supporter of, and participant in, Coconut Grove’s economic health and well-being. The plaque demonstrates your pride and confidence in our community.
The Chamber will also will provide each member with an attractive window or door sign recognizing your membership in the Chamber.
This Program encourages the exchange of products and services amongst our Chamber membership. This is an opportunity for you to introduce your business, products and services to fellow Chamber members and to create a “buzz” of good-will that will go beyond our Chamber doors.
ON-LINE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
A current list of Chamber members in good standing is available online to all visitors to our web pages. Membership identifies your company as being a responsible corporate and business citizen. People feel confident patronizing businesses that are members of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Our website is a destination for Grove residents and visitors to find information about sights, restaurants and dining options, shopping and other tourist information as well as local service providers – from lawyers, to dentists, to plumbers and hardware stores, to CPAs and more.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Visit our web pages and click on our Calendar to keep track of our Chamber events as well as those of our Members, and the Community. Send us your events for posting with links to your website or event page.
Member representatives are welcome to volunteer for one or more of our many active committees. Share your individual expertise to enhance the Chamber’s value to the community. Whether you would like to share your marketing, sales, legal, finance, event planning or catering talents, we welcome your participation.Download Our Membership Application Download Membership Guide
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