Why you should join the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

Posted February 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Your Chamber of Commerce takes pride in promoting the commercial, industrial, civic, cultural and general interests of our community and region. We had great success in our 2013 endeavors and plan for another outstanding year in 2014. I think all of us as community leaders, business owners and managers long for a better community and a strong stable economy. Every individual, firm and profession derives direct benefits in that strong, stable economy. This includes your business. We like to believe such an economy is in-part the result of the El Dorado Springs Chamber’s efforts.

“A rising tide lifts all ships” applies to an organization that improves the general economy, benefitting all participants in that economy. The Chamber of Commerce is that organization!”

Why should I be a member?

The Chamber of Commerce carries the reputation of being a leader of business integrity in the community, your affiliation lends your business credibility.

The Chamber of Commerce is a close-knit organization in which members support each other’s businesses. Many of us meet at least a couple times each month at luncheons and coffees.

Our Chamber of Commerce has a voice in the legislation that is passed at our state capitol. That legislation directly affects how we conduct business in our state. You want to have an influence over legislation that your Chamber endorses.

The Chamber of Commerce requires financial support in order to perform its job of increasing the economic prosperity of the area which it serves (your economic prosperity).

The Chamber of Commerce unifies the public spirit of your community and directs it into useful and constructive channels that are not limited to business.

Because you should feel a sense of personal obligation to improve the quality of life in the community in which you live.

What it is

The El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of citizens who invest their time and money in a community development program – working together to improve the economic, civic and cultural fortitude of the community and the region. Any citizen who is interested in helping to develop the community is eligible to be a member of the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. The direct benefit is a stronger local economy: more businesses and more jobs with higher salaries and better fringe benefits. The indirect benefits are more public programs, better schools and less crime. The work of the Chamber is financed by the investments of its members and fundraising events. The dues structure is designed to permit even the smallest business to be a member. The Chamber is guided by a Board of Directors, Chamber members who are business leaders in the area. The Chamber’s Executive Director and Assistant Director handle the daily operations.

The Chamber of Commerce is a service institution as well as an action institution. It provides a medium through which people can take effective action for the progress of the community. It helps create job opportunities by stimulating industrial, commercial, and agricultural growth. It seeks the improvement of community facilities, such as streets, sidewalks, parks and schools. It looks for opportunities to bring conventions, meetings, events and tourist activities to the area. It provides the opportunity for members to network with other business leaders and to attend business education seminars. In all of these functions, the Chamber is serving as a partner to every business and professional in the community.

When consumers know that a small business is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, they are almost 50% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from that company in the future.

Consumers are 51% more likely to be highly aware of a business if it’s a member of the Chamber and 57% more likely to think more positively of its local reputation. Schapiro Research Group 12/2012

How it functions

The Chamber of Commerce functions through the working committees of the organization. Money, planning and inspiration do not fulfill the Chamber’s mission unless the members work vigorously on the committee of their choice. Careful study is made of the community needs and an Action Blueprint, is designed. Every member has a voice in determining the policies and projects that the Chamber undertakes. And every member is needed on active committees to achieve the Chamber’s goals. Below is how the Chamber of Commerce can specifically contribute to your type of business:

For all members

The Chamber carries the opinions of its members to city, state and nationally elected officials, as well as monitors legislative issues that impact the business community.

For retailers and service establishments

The Chamber works for industrial and business development which brings with it new residents/new money to spend in local stores. The Chamber works to provide population growth, assuring additional customers (and income). It encourages the development of highways, aesthetic items, sidewalks, recreational areas and new industries, while expanding existing industries. This increases the demand for retail goods and services.

For the manufacturer and wholesaler

The Chamber can compile and furnish advice on statistical information on trade territory population, purchasing power and marketing strengths.

For the farmer and rancher

The Chamber encourages/promotes sound agricultural programs and practices with attention to soil conservation and livestock programs. The Chamber also hosts the Farm and Home Expo.

For the construction, real estate and insurance firm

By attracting new industry and residents, promoting businesses, it encourages a stable market for construction, real estate and insurance. When consumers know an insurance company is a member of the Chamber consumers are 36% more likely to think favorably on their company. Schapiro Research Group 12/2012

For the professionals

The Chamber actively strives for the growth of the community, including business expansions which insure a healthy, growing economy, rewarded with high paying jobs and a strong tax base for better community services.

For the hotel, motel, restaurant operator

When consumers know a restaurant is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce they’re 68% more likely to eat there. Schapiro Research Group 12/2012

The El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce consistently strives to make our community a better place to live, work and play.

Chamber of Commerce Membership communicates to consumers that a business uses good practices, is reputable, cares about its customers, and is involved in the community.

If you are a member, we thank you for your participation and your community spirit! If you’re not a member, won’t you join us today? Call the Chamber of Commerce weekday mornings at (417) 876-4154 for more information.