Every business, organization and person has a purpose and a mission. One of the purposes of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce is to help you become known in the community and make important connections with the people you need to reach. As a Chamber member, we help you get connected in a variety of ways.The Chamber receives 10,000 plus requests for information annually. As a member, your business will be given priority referrals when people ask about your industry.
The Ambassador Group meets monthly. This group is structured for those members of the Chamber who wish to assist in future growth and retention of membership.
Networking Meetings This is an opportunity for business members to give a "one-minute" presentation, whereby they are encouraged to demonstrate products, and distribute literature and promotional items about their company. It is also is an excellent way to inform others about products and services, new promotions, and your company's mission and purpose.
The Chamber hosts a luncheon the first Thursday of each month providing good food, business relevant speakers, door prizes, and great opportunities to meet fellow members and their guests. Speaker topics vary and usually center on business, government and community themes. Members are encouraged to bring brochures, business cards and literature about their businesses to display on tables. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
Members can bring brochures and literature into the Chamber to display on the wall for visitors and tourists to pick-up and review.
People tend to do business with people they know. The Chamber actively hosts and participates in special events. It distributes information about members' and regional partners' events to give its members opportunities to get out of their normal circle and increase name recognition and influence in the community.The Chamber also hosts an exciting, fun and effective business expo every year. Bring your favorite dish and let a vast array of potential prospects know who you are and what you do! Bring a door prize and gather contact information from these potential customers as well. Call the Chamber for booth space information on the annual Taste of Cleveland.
The Small Business Development Center offers help with business and marketing plans, personnel management, and with money to expand or build new. The Chamber works closely with the Small Business Development Center, Work Force Solutions, and various other organizations to get members the quality training, information and resources they need for growth at a low cost.
Do you need to know what the traffic counts are on a specific street? Do you need to know what the population is in a ten-mile radius? Are you looking to discover the economic impact of a project you are planning? We can help! We have relationships with utility research departments, state agencies, and regional economic development partners to help you with all your research needs. Why run all over the place for this information when you can stop in and become a member of the Chamber?
Advertising and Promotional Opportunities
The Chamber hosts ribbon cuttings or groundbreaking ceremonies that serve as a new member's coming out party. The Chamber invites members to meet you (either at your business location or at the Chamber), and gives you an opportunity to talk about your mission, products and services. A copy of the photograph taken will be immediately uploaded to the Chamber website and then forwarded to the Cleveland Eastex/Advocate for publication in the next available edition.
As a member you are listed in the Chamber's annual Membership and Resource Directory and its advertising opportunities are open to you. This directory is published in both paperback and on line on the Chamber’s state-of-the-art website with additional advertising opportunities available.
Whether you have a new product or service, a promotional event or a desire to gain momentum, we have options to help you. As a member, you can obtain a copy of our member database in the form of pre-printed labels, and you can insert your member-to-member promotional flyer or advertise a company special in an e-blast. These services are done at a very minimal cost to you!
Each year opportunities are available to support your community by sponsoring any of the following -
Held in the first quarter of the year, the Chamber's Annual Banquet gathers a crowd who are treated to an exquisite dinner, wonderful entertainment, and a memorable time of fellowship with one another.
New Teacher Orientation Breakfast Goodie Bags, where your promotional items are presented to new teachers at Cleveland ISD or at Tarkington ISD. This is your opportunity to welcome new teachers to our community and to introduce yourself and your business to these new teachers. Contributed items are usually requested to be in the Chamber office by mid-to-late July. We let you know how many new teachers we have among the schools, and you choose what you want to donate.
After-hours socials and networking breakfasts are another benefit of membership. These offer you and your company an excellent opportunity to meet with other chamber members and non-members in the community.
Quarterly "New Member" Reception. Each quarter the chamber holds an after-hour’s reception for all new members that joined the previous quarter. This is a great opportunity for new chamber members to meet "one-on-one" with other chamber members and community businesses.
The purpose of the Greater Cleveland Chamber is to market member businesses!