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Member Benefits

You Get Out of a Chamber  What You Put In to the Chamber

To take full advantage of all the Chamber has to offer, participation is essential!
Everything a Chamber does is an opportunity for your name and business to be advertised.
Tell us about what you're interested in ...  Join in ... Sponsor an event ...  Be a part of our community.

People to People

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Networking with other members and business leaders in the community is one of the most important ways to get people to do business with you. Members are encouraged to attend Chamber activities so that they can meet other local business people to exchange business cards and information.

RIBBON CUTTINGS - OR REDEDICATIONS
The Chamber provides special three-foot scissors and red ribbon for the ceremony at no cost to the business.  A photo advertisement will run in an upcoming issue of the Giddings Times and News free of charge provided the business has advertised prior to the event. We will be happy to advise you in setting up your Ribbon Cutting. Attending ribbon cuttings is also a good way to meet new businesses and new people.

OPEN HOUSES, BUSINESS AFTER HOURS, MIXERS, AND GROUND BREAKINGS
These activities provide opportunities for Chamber members to welcome and meet new people. Would you like to have a mixer or open house at your business? Call us and we'll be happy to help. Interested in helping others to organize a mixer/open house as a Chamber volunteer? Let us know!

CHAMBER BREAKFASTS
Members may sponsor a Chamber Breakfast in order to get to know their fellow members. (Breakfast doesn't have to be elaborate.) If you're interested in sponsoring a Breakfast, call us at the Chamber. We'll help you pick a day and time and help you in any way we can. As sponsor of the Breakfast, you get 20 minutes of the hour to introduce yourself and tell everyone about your business. The remainder of the time is for socialization and for other members to have a 1 minute introduction.

CHAMBER LUNCHEONS
Members are encouraged to attend the Chamber Luncheons to network with other Chamber members. Members bring their business cards to distribute. These luncheons are meant to provide members with opportunities to build relationships with other members. Luncheons are usually held at a local restaurant, each member buys their own meal. The Chamber likes to find a speaker who can talk about a topic that is educational or beneficial to attending member businesses. Do you have a subject you feel is beneficial to your fellow businesses and would you like to speak about it?

    Businesses who work to grow and nurture relationships with their customers will be more protected than their competitors, more likely to survive an economic downturn and more likely to grow over time.
    What is a Relationship?
    It's more than just knowing, liking and trusting. It's more like a friendship. To be friends you have to get to know your customers.


    GET INVOLVED! BE ON A CHAMBER COMMITTEE

    Members and their designated employees are welcome to join Chamber committees as a service to the community.  This community was built by business members giving of their time to the Chamber.


    EMAIL FROM CHAMBER

    All members receive email updates as well as invitations to all Chamber functions like Business After Hours, Quarterly Luncheons, Annual Banquet, New Member Receptions, Membership Meetings, and other special activities. Remember that any activity the Chamber hosts is an opportunity for you to be involved! If you are interested in activities hosted by other local entities, ask us and we'll tell you if there's a way you can be involved with those too.


    Advantages for Members

    DISCOUNTED RATES ON CHAMBER EVENTS
    Members receive reduced rates when they attend Chamber sponsored events such as the annual Chamber Banquet.


    CHAMBER MEMBER DESIGNATION

    Proudly proclaim your membership in the organization that supports your business with referrals, advocacy, promotion and protection. The Chamber will provide you with a window cling to put in your place of business that distinguishes you as a Chamber of Commerce member.


    CHAMBER LOGO FOR YOUR WEBSITE
    Display the Chamber member logo on your website to let everyone know how much you support your community.


    The Chamber Promoting Your Business

    BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
    Members are introduced to the community through many avenues of advertisement which include print, email, Facebook, social media and referrals by the Chamber office.


    GOT AN EVENT OR SPECIAL SALE COMING UP?

    Let us know all the details, preferably in a PDF flyer that we can attach to our weekly eblasts. We'll advertise your event in a variety of ways from the community calendar to social media.

    EMAIL BLASTS
    Business to Business emails.  Send your news in a word document or PDF format so it can be attached to a normal email and it will be sent out with the Chamber's weekly updates.


    WEBSITE

    Chamber members are listed on the website in the business directory. All members in good standing remain current on the website. Contact and other information can be added to your listing. You can do it personally through your Chamber account or let us know and we'll add it for you.


    DIGITAL SIGN

    All Chamber members get one free week of advertising each year. Please email your message to: giddingschamber@gmail.com
    Let us know when you want it to run. Remember: each rotating panel has 4 lines of 25 characters each (includes spaces).

    ADVERTISE WITH THE CHAMBER
    Your business banner or logo on just about any page of our Chamber website. Special pricing for Chamber members.


    THE REFERRAL NETWORK

    The Chamber receives calls from the public either asking for a confirmation that a business is a chamber member or requesting a referral for a specific type of business.  The Chamber staff gives the caller the number for every member business listed in a specific category when asked for a referral.


    BROCHURE DISPLAY FOR THE PUBLIC

    Chamber members can bring a quantity of brochures or promotional literature about their business to display in a special display case located in the chamber lobby. The Chamber receives visitors each day who come by the office to gather information on Giddings and its local businesses. As the Chamber is also the Giddings Visitor Center, there are many out of town guests as well.


    VISITOR'S BROCHURE & RELOCATION GUIDE

    The guide is distributed to more than 3,000 persons per year through requests for relocation and visitors packets, and in hospitality or visitors bags. Only Members in good standing are listed


    YOUR BUSINESS NAME BEFORE THE PUBLIC

    We receive requests for hospitality and/or visitors bags to be made for conferences, reunions, meetings, and bus tours which will include brochures, business cards, and promotional items. You may request to have your materials given to certain events or we may ask you if we feel your business may be well suited. Otherwise, the Chamber will match compatible business's materials with the promotional bags we are doing at the time.


    OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:
    Your Giddings Chamber of Commerce Can Assist You

    Small Business Assistance Resource Center
    Materials are available at the Chamber office to assist those interested in starting up a new business or furthering their business growth.

    Statistical and Demographic Information
    Giddings demographics are constantly being updated from sources such as the U.S. Census, the Work In Texas, the City of Giddings and various private research firms.

    Free Workforce Solutions, SBDC or SCORE Counseling
    Helps small businesses grow, train or retain employees and expand.

    Business Development Roundtables
    The SBA and Giddings Economic Development Corporation have partnered with the GACC to provide employee training, speakers, and learning materials for roundtables.

    Giddings Maps and Phone Books
    The Chamber has city and county maps on hand to distribute to members or visitors to our community.  Maps are provided as a service to the community.


    If you have any questions regarding these benefits, please call the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce at 542-3455.

    *All benefits highlighted are provided by the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce as opportunities for our members.  However, the Board of Directors, having approved these benefits, is in no way endorsing one member’s products or services over another.


    Giddings Chamber of Commerce
    183 E. Hempstead
    Giddings, TX 78942
    Located in the Lee County Museum, off the Courthouse Square

    Contact:  (979) 542-3455
    Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com
    Tourism email:  giddingschamber@gmail.com






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