Benefits of Membership

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Manatee County Chamber of Commerce

A full list of our involvement opportunities and benefits can be found in our Member Handbook & Benefits Guide.

Advertising - Promote your business through the Chamber's multiple publications and websites.

Access to Information - The Chamber has a wealth of valuable information to answer your business and community questions.

Better Business Council (BBC) – BBC membership builds confidence in your business and helps you attract and retain customers.

Business After Hours - Monthly networking events, with more than 125 attendees, are held at a variety of locations and help you connect with potential new customers. Business Resource Center – Our library contains copies of business publications, market research and business resource information providing you easy access to expert experience and knowledge.

Business Showcases – Bi-annual events designed to help you promote your company's products and services.

Chamber Perks - As a member, you have the opportunity for business business savings and discounts on services that matter to you.

Coffee Clubs – Monthly Coffee Clubs are a great way to start your day. They provide great networking and timely updates on Chamber activities, efforts and events.

Contact Your Local Elected Officials – Weigh in on local, state and national issues by using this online tool. You can contact your elected and local officials to let them know your opinions on pressing issues with the click of a mouse right from the Chamber’s website.

Economic Stimulus Program – Help our members in challenging economic times through new programming and partnership with governmental agencies.

Healthcare - The Chamber is working to improve the healthcare access and delivery system in Manatee County.

Insider - This weekly email newsletter provides you with timely business information, Chamber updates and important State / legislative information that matters to your business.

Involvement Opportunities – You are encouraged to join the committee(s) of your choice and have a direct impact upon the future of your community while promoting your business.

Job Fair & Career Expo – These events give you direct access to potential employees and afford you the opportunity to promote your company’s culture and benefits for future hiring ease.

Legislative Initiatives – The Chamber monitors and notifies you of important local and state issues that affect businesses and the quality of life for Manatee County citizens.

Literature Displays – All members are encouraged to display their brochures and business cards in the two Chamber lobbies - downtown Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch - as another way to capture new customers and attention. Our lobbies are visited by more than 16,000 visitors and members each year.

LocalQuotes4U Tool - Are you looking for a product or service for your home or business? Submit a request to all Chamber members in the appropriate category and receive multiple quotes with ease.

Mailing Labels - Target your marketing with the hottest mailing list in town.

Manatee Young Professionals - Serves as a business, social and community resource for young professionals (21-42 years old) in Manatee County. We are Tampa Bay's longest running initiative for young professionals. Member-to-Member Discount Program – Offer discounts to fellow Chamber members and also take advantage of the discounts offered exclusively among Chamber members.

Member Perks - Discounts available through the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Membership Decal and, Cyber Plaque – 63% of consumers are more likely to buy from a Chamber member... so proudly promote your Chamber Membership with this handsome window decal. Be sure to download a “Chamber Member” cyber plaque to display on your website, too.

Merchant Services Discount Program - Improve your cash flow and save money on processing fees for credit cards, debit cards and check payments through this strategic alliance. The Manatee Chamber Merchant Services Program is powered by First Data.

Monthly Magazine, Current - This award-winning publication publicizes the latest efforts and events from your Chamber. With a circulation of 3,500, it is a great business-to-business marketing opportunity. By reading the Current every month you will learn more about your Chamber, your community and fellow Chamber members. All Chamber members are encouraged to share their business news with us for possible publication.

New Member Receptions - New members are welcomed with an orientation that provides an in-depth overview of the services and benefits available to them to help them maximize their investment.

New Resident Welcome Kit – Our welcome kits are distributed through the Tax Collector's office to new residents in our community. Your advertising brochures and ad specialty items can reach these newcomers first; before they establish buying patterns

Power Networking Luncheons – Our members enjoy sharing lunch and information about their businesses with fellow members looking to do business with each other.

Preferred Business Directory – The Chamber’s Preferred Business Directory and Newcomer’s Guide is published and distributed annually – free of charge – to Chamber members, businesses and area newcomers. All Chamber members receive two complimentary listings to give greater exposure to your products and services and you are encouraged to pick up extra copies for your new employees.

Press Release Submission Tool – This powerful tool gets your company’s information into the hands of our local media in the easiest, most efficient manner possible. Watch your news presence grow!

Professional Development - Your Chamber offers numerous seminars, roundtables and educational activities geared specifically to the business community and the continuing education of you and your employees.

Referrals – The Chamber loves referring your business. Whether through phone inquiry, email, online or a visit to the Chamber’s offices, businesses, residents and visitors alike will find information about your company. Referrals through the Chamber’s website and online Membership Directory continue to grow and generate new leads for Chamber members.

Relocation Inquiries – We can provide a list of potential new residents who have requested relocation information. Members have the ability to establish name-recognition with these new folks even before they move here.

Ribbon Cuttings – The Chamber enjoys helping members celebrate the grand openings of their businesses by conducting ribbon cutting ceremonies and helping members promote the good news.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retire Executives) - The Chamber hosts free business consultations at our two offices through the professional services of SCORE. Simply call the Chamber to make an appointment

Small Business Development Center - The Chamber partners with SBDC to give Chamber members access to additional seminars and counseling designed to take your business to the next level (or even to just get started.) Appointments may be scheduled by calling the Chamber.

Website - The Chamber's website has 1,500+ pages of business and community information, giving you 24/7 access to tools designed to help your business succeed. All members are listed in our online business directory with a link to your website and a detailed description of your company / products / services. We also notify you whenever someone uses the Chamber website to click through to your site. Our "Members Only" web pages allow members even greater access to resources.

Workforce Housing - Your Chamber is working with County government to find ways to encourage builders / government to provide long-term solutions that will result in available and affordable housing for our workforce.

Workforce Preparation - Through a number of programs and initiatives, the Chamber works to assure that Manatee County has a qualified and abundant workforce now and in the future.