Why Join the Chamber?
- Connect with like-minded business people
- Access resources and education
- Promote your business
- Stay informed
- Learn best-practices
- Advocate for small-business
- Provide a benefit to your employees
- Meet people outside your local business district
- Give back - support your local business community
People join the Chamber for various reasons: a desire to connect with like minded business people; a need for education and resources; a goal of raising awareness and promoting your business; a belief in the power of coming together to advocate for small business; and even a hope of giving back though support and mentorship. Please note, Chamber benefits extend to all the employees of the member organization.
Whatever your goals, we have a membership level that's right for you.
STANDARD MEMBER - $300 Invitation to Chamber events, Chamber newsletter subscription, listing in annual printed Chamber Directory with SEO and inclusion of your marketing materials in Welcome Bags. Plus Enhanced listing in online Chamber Member Directory including logo, video & photos, unlimited job posting announcements, unlimited "Hot Deal" postings, unlimited enhanced Event postings on Chamber Online Community Calendar, unlimited news release postings, 1 set of mailing labels per year, 1 member-dedicated eBlast per year, social media shares, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new business, new location or expansion. Option for monthly payments. For Restaurants and Retailers, opportunity to participate in gift card deal: reduce your membership fee by $100 in exchange for $150 in gift cards ($25 increments, please). For nonprofits / social impact sector: $75 discount at Standard Level. Standard is the most popular level, with plenty of bells and whistles.
We invite you to consider purchasing a premium membership if you are able to do so. An investment in your Chamber signifies your support of our vibrant, strong and growing local economy. Premium members receive all the benefits of Standard Members, as well as sponsorship, additional promotion opportunities and discounted event tickets.
CIVIC LEADER MEMBER - $750 Available to municipalities, taxing bodies, universities, public and private high schools and financial institutions. All Standard Level benefits plus monthly member-dedicated eBlasts and 1 ticket to the annual economic luncheon
GOLD MEMBER MEMBER - $600 Available to all members. All Standard Level benefits plus 2 member-dedicated eBlasts, 1 ticket to the annual economic luncheon, 1 ticket to the annual golf outing.
PLATINUM MEMBER - $1,000 Available to all members. All Standard Level benefits plus 6 member-dedicated eBlasts, "Platinum Member" listing on all Chamber-dedicated eBlasts, 2 tickets to the annual economic luncheon, 2 tickets to the annual golf outing, acknowledgement as "Platinum Member" in annual printed directory and banner ad on Business Directory Category Page.
DIAMOND MEMBER - $2,000 Available to all members. All Standard Level benefits plus 12 member-dedicated eBlasts, logo inclusion as a "Diamond Member" on all Chamber-dedicated eBlasts, banner ad on calendar page and business category page, 4 tickets to annual economic luncheon, 1 foursome package at annual golf outing, 1 hole sponsorship at annual golf outing, acknowledgement as "Diamond Member" in annual printed directory.
BENEFACTOR - $5,000 Available to all members. All Standard Level Benefits plus 12 member-dedicated e-Blasts, logo inclusion as a "Benefactor" on all Chamber-dedicated e-Blasts, banner ad on home page, calendar page and business category page, 8 tickets to annual economic luncheon, 1 foursome package at annual golf outing, 1 exclusive hole sponsorship at annual golf outing (includes a table on the course), acknowledgement as "Benefactor" in annual printed directory.
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP - $100 Available to area residents interested in supporting the Chamber, receiving information and attending events. This level is not meant for businesses and does not come with a business listing in the directories or any web presence. This is an ideal option for people who work outside our community but want to support the local economy and network with other local business people.
How is the Chamber different from other area Associations?
A Chamber is a community of businesses that come together to help each other, promote business and enhance the local economy. Chamber membership is voluntary. And, you may join as many Chambers as you'd like - whatever makes sense for your business. Each Chamber is a little different, tailored to meet the needs of its members.
You may also be asked to join a "business district" or "merchant association." These groups typically bring together first-floor merchants in a small commercial district to work on retail events, streetscape and decor, municipal issues and occasionally advertising. Membership in these organizations is usually voluntary (check your lease) and most helpful for B2C storefront businesses. In some cases, the Business District is professionally managed (such as Downtown Oak Park). Often, the district is supported solely by volunteers. Member benefits vary by business district.
The tourism bureau is another important piece to the puzzle, and another membership opportunity. Funded by a combination of hotel / motel taxes, state grants and municipal dollars, the tourism group Visit Oak Park is charged with attracting visitors to our larger community. Member benefits comprise print and online promotion as well as referral to meeting planners and tourism groups. Check with Visit Oak Park for more information.
You many join any, all, a few or none of these organizations. But, we think you'll find that engaging is the key to success in our community. We encourage you to join whichever meets your needs. The more you join, the more you connect your business.