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Membership

It’s tough running a business, but it’s easier when the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce has your back. Most of our more than 2,200 members are small businesses working to make a living and make a difference. The Chamber does more than build a strong economy – we offer prime networking venues to develop new contacts and solid resources to help you start, manage and grow your company. Believe in a strong future for Mobile. Belong to the Chamber – because it’s good for business and good for Mobile.

 

Membership is open to all businesses in the Mobile area, businesses with an interest in doing business in the area and individuals interested in contributing to the economic well-being of the Mobile area. Annual membership dues are based on a company’s number of employees.

 

Even if time does not permit active engagement, there is still great value to membership. A recent study revealed consumers are 68 percent more likely to purchase a good or service from a company belonging to a chamber. The Chamber’s searchable member directory on our website is hugely popular, and hundreds of consumers use our site to find quality businesses every day. Adding our Member Eplaque to your website and window decal to your office door helps even more.

 

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Member Testimonials
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Member Benefits Brochure

 

Core Benefits of Membership Include:

Networking


We offer a variety of high-profile networking venues to develop new business contacts and connect you to potential clients. Events include:

  • Business After Hours – hosted monthly at different Mobile Area Chamber member locations;
  • Networking@Noon and Speed Networking – offering you a chance to introduce your company, product and/or service to other members;
  • Contacts and Contracts – a quarterly business development networking event for small and minority-owned business owners to meet with representatives from large corporation or government agencies; and
  • New Member Welcome, a bi-monthly gathering where new members get acquainted with staff and Mobile Area Chamber activities and introduce their companies to other members present.

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Visibility

Get noticed in a wider circle of business owners and decision makers. Mobile Area Chamber members receive:
A free listing and link to your homepage on the Mobile Area Chamber’s high traffic website, www.mobilechamber.com;

  • New member and anniversary listings in our monthly news magazine, The Business View. Members may also be included by pitching stories or announcing new staff, promotions, business endeavors and accomplishments;
  • Complimentary event announcements in the Mobile Area Chamber’s electronic newsletter, The Business View Weekly, sent to more than 8,000 addresses;
  • Advertising opportunities in a variety of publications, including the The Guide to Mobile, quarterly Valuable Member Offer envelope, The Business View and our weekly email,The Business View Weekly.
  • The exclusive right to host a booth at Mobile’s premier business-to-business trade show, Business Expo, drawing more than 1,700 attendees;
  • Placement of marketing brochures or flyers in the Mobile Area Chamber’s lobby; and
  • A window decal and e-plaque to show customers you are a valued member of the Mobile Area Chamber.

Referrals

The Mobile Area Chamber fields more than 3,000 calls a month, and the website averages 300,000 unique hits a month. According to ACCE (the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives), consumers are 63 percent more likely to buy goods and services in the future from a company that they believe is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.

  • Only Chamber members are referred by staff; and
  • The Chamber’s Membership Directory on the website is used both by members and non-members as resources for business listings.

Discounts & Advantages

Members have access to discounts that impact their bottom-line.

  • Discounts are available on office supplies;
  • Members receive discounted rates on room rentals at the Chamber and new members are entitled to one free room rental during office hours within their first year of membership;
  • Member-to-member discounts can be found in the “Members Only” section of the Mobile Area Chamber’s website;
  • New members receive a membership mailing list at a discounted rate; and
  • As a member of the Mobile Area Chamber, you are also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, making you eligible for additional discounts from companies such as FedEx, Monster and Sam’s Club.

Professional Development

The Mobile Area Chamber is the ultimate business resource center offering information, tips and best practices that can give your company a competitive edge. We offer you and your employees:

  • Content-rich and affordable seminars;
  • Small business presentations and discussions;
  • A small business section on the Mobile Area Chamber’s website packed with helpful information;
  • Executive, Women’s and Nonprofit Roundtables;
  • Connections to mentors and experts through the Small Business Administration, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Minority Business Center, Business Innovation Center and others; and
  • Access to research including current economic indicators, demographic data, statistics, relocation information and special reports.

Recognition

Throughout the year, special awards programs are held to acknowledge the best-of-the-best in the business community. Awards include:

  • Small Business of the Month;
  • Small Business of the Year;
  • Eagle Awards, recognizing minority business owners;
  • Corporate Community Service Award;
  • Innovator of the Year; and
  • Manufacturer of the Year.

Advocacy

With approximately 2,200 members, representing more than 108,000 employees, we are a strong and credible voice for business. We focus on government so you can focus on your business. We represent area businesses by:

  • Lobbying for business-friendly policies;
  • Maintaining relationships with elected officials;
  • Partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of Alabama and other Chambers in the region;
  • Offering members an opportunity to meet candidates running for public office at an annual political networking event; and
  • Providing contact information for area officials.

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For more information about membership, contact Carolyn Golson at 251-431-8622.