WHY JOIN A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
No one understands your business better than you do, and a chamber of commerce is a great resource for your business’ success. For those unsure of where to start, the first thing to do is attend a few meetings. From there, you can ask other members (especially ones in the same industry as you) how they are involved and what opportunities are available. You can also take your membership a step further by getting involved in a committee or council. This will allow your business to sponsor activities with the chamber, especially ones which align with your business category. You can also look for speaking and writing opportunities within meetings and events, which further promote your business and industry knowledge.
Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall.
If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber, consumers are 12% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
The above information was taken from a research study conducted by The Schapiro Group and commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The opportunity to network among local business owners, operators, and industry movers is one of the most appealing aspects of joining a chamber of commerce.
SIGNATURE SERIES LUNCHEONS This year, the Chamber is hosting a year long series on topics and conversations surrounding the Blueprint Virginia 2030 program developed by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. 11 different state wide business matters will be discussed to determine action needed at our local level.
MEET & GREET NEW MEMBER EVENTS Each month the Chamber hosts an event for the newest Chamber members to introduce their business, products and services to other Chamber members.
AFTER 5 SOCIALS High hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages compliments of the sponsor at their location creates a warm and convivial atmosphere in which to connect with business prospects.
LEADSHARE GROUPS Offers an exclusive and focused opportunity to share leads, information and lives with fellow members. Three different groups that meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
COUNCILS, COMMITTEES & EVENTS
Councils are an integral part of the Chamber as they play a key role in helping to formulate policy and positions on issues or business concerns
MICRO ENTERPRISE COUNCIL The Micro Enterprise Council's mission to connect and educate entrepreneurs and micro enterprises to support their pathway to success. The first step will be to survey entrepreneurs and micro business owners throughout Fauquier County to identify ways in which the Micro Enterprise Council can best meet their needs. Results will provide a framework by which the council will create and implement opportunities for education and business development.
YOUNG PROFRESSIONALS Informal gatherings at local establishments offer business exposure and camaraderie through networking for members under 40 years old. The group works toward educating and strengthening younger people still in school before they enter the workplace.
WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCIL Events and seminars designed to accelerate the advancement of women in business through targeted education and information rich, fun and enjoyable programs.
ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS GALA A business elegant evening with Silent Auction, a wine-pairing dinner, and annual awards for Business Person of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Not-for-profit Business of the Year, and Small Business Veteran of the Year. Presentations are also made for volunteer recognition and for outgoing members of the Board of Directors
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS This group addresses issues facing Fauquier County & the Town of Warrenton business communities. This committee shall be in consistent communication with the Town Council, County Board of Supervisors, and State Delegation. This Committee plans the annual Legislative Preview and State of the County and Towns in December, and the Legislative Wrap Up in the Spring. We send a Delegation to attend Chamber Day at the Capital in January.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE BREAKFAST Up close and personal with our State elected officials, this program features Fauquier's Delegates and Senators on issues that were addressed and passed in the General Assembly.
RESOURCES & SERVICES FOR BUSINESSESDIRECTORIES: Access to the chamber’s membership directory helps business owners locate other businesses that might work with them. Members can also get access to email lists to broaden their customer base, whether B2B or B2C. The Fauquier Chamber reports annually on web traffic and how your listing in the online Business Directory can benefit awareness of your business and drive revenue opportunities. The online directory received over 45,000 unique pageviews in 2021 and is on pace to receive 200,00+ for 2022!.DISCOUNTS: Chambers may offer member discounts. These may include discounts for restaurants, tuition, insurance, bulk shipping, office supplies, electric or gas energy, accounting software, and industry literature.FACILITIES: For larger chambers, members often enjoy access to their facilities where they can hold events. For smaller or medium-sized companies, the use of facilities is paramount to community engagement.FINANCIAL ACCESS: Chambers also provide streamlined access to business loans. By fostering relationships with banks, chambers can make recommendations to businesses for banks and help banks trust a business’ ability to pay off a loan.
MEMBERSHIP TYPES AND COSTS
Agricultural Industry $200 Not for Profit, Non Profit Organizations $165 Companies with 1 - 5 Employees $245 Companies with 6 - 10 Employees $345 Companies with 11 - 25 Employees $460 Companies with 26 - 50 Employees $605 Companies with 51 - 100 Employees $895 Companies with more than 100 Employees $1125
The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce currently operates under a Fair Share Dues model and as such, the cost of membership is scaled according to the number of employees associated to the company or organization.
In 2023, we will be moving to a Tiered Dues model which will provide members with choice and control to choose from a menu of benefits that best serve their specific needs and budget. Therefore with this new dues model, benefits can be selected based on the level of investment the company or organization wishes to make, not the number of employees.
There will be much more coming on this transition however if you'd like to know more in order to make a decision now, please contact the Chamber President, Alec Burnett.