The American Chamber of Commerce Executives recent study on the impact of chambers proves that chamber membership and community involvement are good investments and members are seen as stakeholders in their local chamber. Furthermore, chamber membership is synonymous with quality and desirability. Here are some important facts:
- 63% of people have a more positive view of, and are more likely to do business with companies that are members the local Chamber of Commerce than with companies that are not.
- 63% of consumers are more likely to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a member of the local chamber of commerce.
- 59 % of consumers think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall.
- 44% of consumers are more likely to think favorably of a small business that is a member of the local chamber of commerce.
Group Health / Dental Insurance:
Constellation Energy Services of NY offers extremely competitive electricity rates by buying through the The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce program. Constellation has offices in Buffalo, NY and the Buffalo office staff has been working diligently with the local business community to provide the best products and energy solutions possible so businesses remain cost competitive. Constellation Energy takes great pride in our ability to help the businesses in our backyard see continued success.
Your Chamber Staff:
President, John L. Chmarney
Member Services Manager, Karen Ralabate – phone 716-681-9755
Member 2 Member Discount Program:
The Member to Member benefit and discount program is designed to promote business between The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce members. Members offer discounted or special offer promotions exclusively to other members of The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce. Member 2 Member collateral featuring our participating members will be included in all new member packets and at all chamber functions.
Online Membership Directory:
New website features search by company name and category and Google map to locate your company with ease. Reach your customers by advertising on The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce website. Ask about customized packages.
Membership Window Signs:
Display your membership window sign. This is a sign that you are a member in good standing. Show off your support for the The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce.
Customizable Membership Packages:
All membership investments can be customized and packaged to meet your budget. Ask about e-newsletter, website advertising, event sponsorship and event ticket packages. Contact Karen Ralabate, Manager of Member Services, to arrange a meeting – 681-9755.
Member Business Cards & Brochure Displays:
In the The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce office we offer an area to display your business cards and brochures. Our busy office is a great place to stop by to leave and take a business card.
Labels will be printed by the The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce staff for $25.00.
Educational Workshops & Seminars:
Monthly high quality, educational programs to our members and business community with the aim to educate the business community and provide opportunities for members to share best practices and discuss issues that impact our members. Members are encouraged to present a topic to fellow members. The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will work with you to promote your own event as well.
“Next 20”– Educational Seminar Series
Monthly Electronic Newsletter & Advertising Opportunities:
Electronic newsletter is an effective way to advertise your current promotions and offerings, grand openings, company milestones, and/ or share your company good news. Quarterly, monthly, annual advertising available.
Membership dues are tax deductible. The main purpose of a chamber of commerce must be business related for the dues to qualify as a tax deduction. The portion of the dues that goes toward political lobbying is not tax deductible. Contact your accountant for all tax decisions.
Certificate of Origin:
A Certificate of Origin is a document required by foreign governments that validates the country of origin of where the product was manufactured. The certificate of origin must be signed by the exporter, notarized, and then validated by a locally designated agency such as The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce in order to be acceptable and valid. The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce offers Certificates of Origin for goods made in the United States and for goods NOT made in the United States. Free for members in good standing, $45.00each CO for prospective members.
Please contact the The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-681-9755 or to make an appointment for a staff person to stamp and validate the certificate of origin.