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We The Chamber: Now's the time to join Chamber

August 31, 2003|DON VIZI

Now is the time to join the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is getting ready to publish our new Danville Magazine and Chamber Directory. You have an opportunity in the next few weeks to advertise in this great magazine, which is distributed to our members, included in our relocation packages, and is given out to visitors and businesses that are considering relocating to our area. Each Chamber member will be listed by category and alphabetically.

Other benefits you will re-ceive as a Chamber member:

* Joint membership - We have joined forces with Mercer, Lincoln and Garrard chambers. This regionalization effort allows you as a member of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber to join any of the three chambers mentioned above for half price. This expands your business contacts, gets your name in the other chamber's directory and gets your name out to all of the members in those counties. It's an inexpensive way to publicize your business in another community.

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* City-county map - We are publishing a new city-county map with inserts for Centre College, Junction City and Perryville. There are a few advertising spots still available for this map. We will publish 15,000 maps to be given out at our office and in our relocation packages.

* Discount on health insurance - Through our Chamber insurance agents and thanks to Ephraim McDowell and CHA Health, we are able to offer discounts of up to 5 percent to Chamber members that have two or more employees. This alone could pay for your membership, as well as saving you money.

* Free Web site hyperlink - The Chamber's Web site www.danvilleboylechamber.com not only tells everyone about our area but it also has our business directory included on the site. We provide a hyperlink from our site to your site and your e-mail address at no cost. We receive more than 25,000 "hits" a month and more than 1,600 visits.

* Networking opportunities - The Chamber offers several networking opportunities to you each month. We usually have a Chamber breakfast or luncheon each month and a Business After Hours each month. At each of these events, we have a business resource table where you can provide information about your business for all to see. It's a great way to meet future customers and let people know what you do.

* "For Members Only" mailings are a great way to get information out to our members at a very low cost.

* As a new member, take advantage of getting your photo in our monthly newsletter by having a ribbon cutting at your business or attending our new members lunch where not only will you get your photo in our newsletter but you will be given a write-up of your business.

All in all, I think that you will find that we can do a lot to promote you and your business. For information about any of these benefits, contact Sheila Horn, our membership director, at the Chamber at 236-2361.

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