A Resolution You Can Keep: 6 Ways to Leverage Your Chamber Membership

by Troy Garman, Realtor for RE/MAX Realty Agency and Board Chair of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

_DSC5737We are one month into 2017, so that means most of us have probably abandoned or failed our New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I have never been much on New Year’s resolutions simply because of their history of not being followed. Of course the word resolution derives from the word resolve. Dictionary.com defines resolve as: to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something).

Although I may not be a fan of resolutions, there is nothing wrong with setting a goal. With that in mind here are suggestions of things you could resolve to do through your local Chamber of Commerce in 2017:

  1. Attend a Chamber Mixer - Going to mixers is an excellent way to make new connections and reconnect with fellow members. Networking at mixers can generate leads, because you never know who is looking for a house, needs IT help or is searching for a caterer.

  2. Host a Lunch & Learn - Get your business in front of members for an hour by hosting a Lunch & Learn seminar providing valuable information about important business topics. This can launch you as a thought-leader in the community and put you top of mind for those who attend. For details, contact Membership Director Doug Harmon, 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or dharmon@chambersburg.org

  3. Join a Chamber Committee - If you’ve resolved to get more involved in the community, there’s no better place to start than with the Chamber. Joining a committee for the Chamber or an affiliate opens the door to build relationships with other civic-minded people while making an impact on the success and growth of our community. 

  4. Attend the Annual Awards Breakfast - More than 200 Chamber members will be at the breakfast, offering a great networking opportunity. You’ll also get to celebrate the success of local businesses and individuals, which gives warm fuzzies all around!

  5. Go to a Ribbon Cutting - What better way to support fellow members and local businesses than celebrating significant milestones with them? Ribbon cuttings are regularly posted to our event calendar. You can also ask for invitations to ribbon cuttings by contacting Doug.

  6. Recruit a New Member - Increasing the Chamber network only adds more value to everyone’s membership. By referring one of your clients, vendors or partners to join the Chamber, you’re showing them you care about their business success. Refer potential new members to Doug.
I think my favorite part of the definition of resolve is “to do something.” The first rule when setting a goal is to make sure it is obtainable. If we keep that in mind and simply do something, that certainly is better than doing nothing.

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