Chambers of Commerce have been the primary civic organizations that I’ve chosen to be deeply involved with for about 8 years now. First it was with the Greater Miami Chamber, and now with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. I started as a general member four years ago when I first moved to Charlotte. I knew it was a great place to start to help with getting acclimated to the business client, and to meet and network with local professionals. For the past year and a half, I’ve been serving on the board of the CCYP’s (Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals) as well.
Being a member of the Chamber has had a dramatic impact on my business. Every year that I’ve been involved my company has experienced a tangible financial ROI above what the dues and time commitment has been. Not only does it provide credibility and exposure, but it also fosters close relationships with centers of influence, key decision makers, and tremendous referral sources in the community that will play a significant role in the growth of my business for decades to come.
Then again, like everything, you only get out what you put in. If you assume that just filling out a membership application is enough, you’ll likely be disappointed. But, if and when you do decide to give it a shot, I will personally help get you plugged in and to learn the lay of the land. It’s my goal that when you eventually look back, you will undoubtedly know that it was worth the investment.
For full transparency, I am currently actively participating in the Chamber’s current fundraising campaign to help recruit new members and sponsors. However, even if I wasn’t I’d still be a strong advocate for recommending every Charlotte area business to become involved in some capacity.
There are so many incredible ways to get involved. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I, along with members of the Chamber staff, will make sure that you get value out of it and that you’ll be glad you did.
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