Depends - Posted by Tim Jensen
Posted by Tim Jensen on April 09, 2002 at 16:48:27:
The benefit of a chamber of Commerce really depends on the chamber itself. If they don’t offer anything like a business get together once a month or any kind of classes or groups I would pass.
The chamber I joined is great. It has something known as “after hours”. That is where all the memebers get together at a business site and we get free food and drink. Also, they have a “sales council”. They meet once a month for lunch and there is a speaker that talks about different aspects of marketing/sales. It is really nice.
Bottom line, if you are joining the chamber in hopes of getting business, I don’t think you will have much luck. I just joined because I wanted to have a reason to get out of the house and mingle with other business owners. Also, I think I could pick up some marketing ideas from some of the memebers. Will I get any deals from the chamber members, probably not, but thats fine. Like I said I enjoy the interaction with other business owners outside my feild.
If you are looking for more specialized information or networking, try a local real estate investors association.