Getting the Most from Your Chamber Membership – Part 3

Posted May 20, 2011, at 8:06 p.m.

As I had talked about last week, chamber membership is an investment in the Midcoast’s economic vitality, the local community and your business. The following is the last of a three-part series with a list of tips from members who use their membership to help increase business, contribute to the region’s economy and make the Midcoast a better place to work, live and play.

FACEBOOK us. “Like” us. “Fan” us. Just make sure you use us! Let us know you are on FB, and we’ll “like” your page. That will put you in a rotation of pages that show in our favorites list. Comment on our posts as your business rather than from your personal page to gain a chance to “be an expert” so people think of you when they are looking for the types of services you provide. Let us know what’s going on in your community and with your business so we can post it on our page. Donate a service or item to our FB Giveaways. You’ll get mentioned, and we’ll connect to your website or FB page in an effort to drive business your way.

INVITE us. Our staff and volunteers are regularly invited to visit local businesses, and this helps us when we are answering calls and requests at the Chamber Visitor Center. Knowing your business will help us to do that better.

EXHIBIT at the Business Expo. With more than 500 local residents and business people going through the show in 2011, networking opportunities abounded!  Make sure you plan a booth that is visually interesting, have a raffle gift or giveaways if possible, and look like you want people to visit you! It will make a world of difference in whom you meet.

PLAY in the 9@Night Golf Social. You don’t have to be a pro or anywhere near it! to have fun at this event. Don’t have a foursome? No problem. We’ll match you up with others. Don’t know how to play? No problem. This is a “best ball” scramble format. Don’t know what that means? No problem. Just know that we are sure you will have tons of fun not to mention a great lobster dinner.

HAVE FUN. We know you are busy. But taking the time to get to know your fellow chamber members is what it’s all about. Some folks are better than others at jumping into a social setting, but if you’re not comfortable with that, we are here to help.

Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, email shari@therealmaine.com or visit http://www.TheRealMaine.com.

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