Our Chamber feels now is the time to start the planning process to carefully open commerce back up and allow our local businesses to start to recuperate their recent income losses. This Toolkit will help you navigate the new normal and ensure the safety of our region, providing guidance to safely serve your customers and accommodate your employees.
Benefits of Membership
We took care in packaging the benefits and recognition for each level and simplified the process for each member’s total investment in our organization Every member deserves equal recognition for their overall investment in the Chamber.
Companies and individuals join the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce for varying reasons. From networking and increasing their business' exposure to being a good community partner, from enhancing professional development to utilizing the Chamber's many resources. Our members enjoy a wide variety of benefits, services and activities.
As a voluntary membership organization, we’re also one of the most influential in the business community--working for economic vitality and quality of life. Our members come from all industries and in all sizes.
The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate and a resource for businesses and as a partner for the community. The Chamber is dedicated to serving both the needs of our members and the economic development needs of the broader community.
Membership is open to all businesses and individuals with an interest in doing business in the Ottawa area.
Top 10 Reasons to Invest
#1 Make New Business Contacts… Networking is still the main reason businesses join the Chamber. Many opportunities enable you to meet potential customers, clients or vendors.
#2 Save Your Company Money… By participating in Chamber functions and meeting new business contacts, you can learn how to save money and time for your business.
#3 Market Your Products Or Services… Take advantage of the Chamber’s many low cost marketing opportunities, including event sponsorship. There are other FREE marketing opportunities offered only to members , including the Chamber’s new gift certificate program.
#4 Increase Your Access To Information… Use our demographic or economic profiles to plan marketing strategies! Members can order mailing labels or lists of members for a nominal fee to increase YOUR prospect base. Members receive the quarterly newsletter, “Focus on Progress”, in addition to 8-10 copies annually of the Economic Development and Member Services newsletters.
#5 Enhance Your Leadership Skills and Get Involved… Increase your company’s competitive edge by volunteering for one the Chamber’s teams. It is a win-win situation when you get involved in the community where you work and live.
#6 Contribute To A Better Workforce… With the assistance of our members, the Chamber continues to work with local schools, colleges and universities to provide local business owners with skilled, qualified employees
#7 Invest in a Healthy Economy… Relocation or expansion of companies means more jobs and more potential customers for you! Investing in the Chamber helps Ottawa promote quality growth.
#8 Gain a Voice… The Chamber is your representative on the local, regional, state and national level. Your voice is heard on important regulatory, legislative and educational issues that directly affect your business. The Public Policy Team is actively involved in identifying issues that affect YOU.
#9 Gain a New Perspective… The staff and membership of the Chamber working as a voluntary group, tells the real story of your community. The Chamber is a place where potential residents and businesses gain their first impression of the soundness and hospitality of your community.
#10 Gain A Credible Referral… When the Chamber receives requests, we only refer our member’s businesses. Those who have made the investment in the Chamber deserve the reference. Becoming a member of the Chamber promotes credibility in your business, lends prestige and can also bring you new business.