It’s Your Chamber… Use It!
Some people may ask, “Why should I join the Chamber?”
- What does being a member in the La Junta Chamber do for me and my business?
The Chamber office is staffed Monday thru Friday during day time hours. The office receives requests for information from tourists, local citizens and potential new residents every day. We only refer cur-rent Chamber Members during these requests.
The Chamber helps improve your community through its several active committees and public outreach programs.
The Chamber makes/saves money for you – as La Junta grows and prospers, so does its business com-munity. We are also another marketing platform that promotes your business.
- Common misconceptions
“The Chamber doesn’t need me” – FALSE…Your chamber works for the benefit of all businesses. By building the community in which you make a living, we increase tourism and opportunities for all types of local businesses.
- “I can’t afford it” – If you have a marketing budget, you can afford it. Review the Member Benefits, you will save money on marketing through the Chamber.
- “I don’t like what the Chamber did on…..” Just the reason you should come in and let your voice be heard. We want your ideas, opinions, remarks and criticism. We can’t improve without YOU!!
- Who should belong to the Chamber of Commerce?
Every business firm, business and professional person, in fact every citizen should support the local Chamber. Each business is successful because of its customers. The Chamber works to create more customers for every business and professional firm in the community.
- Who runs the Chamber of Commerce?
The membership runs the Chamber. They annually select a board of directors who create a slate of of-ficers for each year. Committees made up of chamber members are appointed to plan and work in the various fields of chamber activity with the Chamber staff guiding and coordinating the efforts.
- How can I make my ideas known to the Chamber of Commerce?
The BEST way is to serve on a committee whose activities cover the field in which you are interested. You are also welcome to attend a Chamber meeting and be included on the agenda to present your plans and ideas.
Benefits of becoming a Chamber Member include:
Just as we believe the Chamber is important to the community – YOU are important to the Chamber. Your investment in the Chamber means an investment and commitment in the community. The Chamber supports community investment with events such as Early Settlers Day, the 4th of July Wet/Dry Parade, a holiday Shop Local promotion, the Christmas Parade of Lights, and various other specific and themed business events throughout the year.
Chamber members receive the Chamber Insider, a weekly email newsletter, providing timely business information, updates on Chamber events; and important community information. Chamber members are encouraged to submit information to us for the Chamber Insider about your business or community events coming up in the future.
Members are encouraged to display their brochures or business cards in the Chamber Office. Additionally, on the Chamber website we offer free links to your business website, and a free “Chamber Member” cyber plaque to display on your site. It has been shown that the more interaction and activity between sites will help to move all Chamber members up on search engine lists.
Chamber members are encouraged to post their job listings with the Chamber. We will post them on the Chamber Facebook page; LinkedIn; the Chamber website; and in the Community Insider weekly newsletter. Information on jobs to be posted should be emailed to the Chamber Coordinator at email@example.com
Chamber businesses are encouraged to host a monthly “Business After Hours” or “Morning Mixer” networking events to promote your business and connect with potential new customers. The Chamber Coordinator will assist you in the planning and marketing of the event, and will send information to the Chamber members and the community.
The Chamber loves referring your business to the community, throughout Southeast Colorado, and across Colorado. Other business owners, residents, and visitors alike will find information about your business on our website, in the office, or by contacting us via email or telephone.
Chamber members have the opportunity to market their business through various sponsorship and advertising events during the year. Special advertising will be posted on the Chamber website at lajuntachamber.org.
SHOP LOCAL – LOCAL SPENDING:
Chamber members are encouraged to promote “Booster Bucks” as gift options through their business, and through other businesses. Additionally, Chamber members are willing to accept Chamber “Booster Bucks” as their way to support local shopping and local spending.
RIBBON CUTTINGS/GRAND OPENINGS:
The Chamber enjoys helping members celebrate the opening, or the expansion, of their business. We can be present at a ribbon cutting ceremony or a grand opening. Perhaps you want to celebrate a special sale event, or a special promotion in your business –we can be there helping you with the celebration – and celebrating with you.
OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED:
The Chamber has several Committees that you can serve on – and at the same time promote your business and support the future of your community. You might consider the Early Settlers Day Committee; the Veterans’ Day Committee; the Parade Committee; or the Shop Local Committee – just to name a few. At times there are opportunities to volunteer in the Chamber Office or at a Chamber-sponsored event. If you have time to volunteer – we have things you can do.
Across the nation, statistics show that consumers are more likely to buy from a Chamber of Commerce member…so proudly display your free Chamber membership plaque. Each year the plaque showcases a beautiful photograph from our area – taken by a local community member.
SHRED DROP-OFF LOCATION:
Members are encouraged to drop off their documents for shredding at the Chamber Office every month! The shredding service is provided by Mobile Record Shredders (MRS) – www.shreddropoff.com.
Membership Applications are available below. Please don’t hesitate to call or email the Chamber office with any questions.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org