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.
v OPEN HOUSES, BUSINESS AFTER HOURS, RIBBON CUTTINGS, AND GROUND BREAKINGS are all activities that provide opportunities for Chamber volunteers to welcome new members. 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.
v 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.
v DISCOUNTED RATES ON CHAMBER EVENTS - Members receive reduced rates when they attend Chamber sponsored events such as the annual Chamber Banquet.
v GET INVOLVED – 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.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES - Members are introduced to the community through many avenues of advertisement which include print, email, Facebook, Twitter and referrals by the Chamber office.
v CHAMBER MEMBER PLAQUE – Proudly proclaim your membership in the organization that supports your business with referrals, advocacy, promotion and protection.
v 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.
v BROCHURE DISPLAY - 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.
v ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP/VISITORS/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.
v ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS - 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. 2015 Hotel/Motel Report Data - approx. 1400 distributed.
v 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 usual weekly updates.
v Business MAIL - Members receive discounted rates on the following office products or service.
Value for Members Non-Members
v 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.
WEBSITE - Chamber members are listed on the website alphabetically and provided a password so that changes can be made to the website and events can be added.
v Event Calendar listings on website is available to members.
v Advertise your company on the website. Your logo with a link to your website will help visitors find you quickly. Call for prices.
v Digital Chamber logo available for members.
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.
v 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.
v Free Workforce Solutions, SBDC or SCORE Counseling to help small businesses grow, train or retain employees and expand.
v Business Development Roundtables – SBA and Giddings Economic Development Corporation have partnered with the GACC to provide employee training, speakers, and learning materials for roundtables.
GIDDINGS MAPS – 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. Check out the website at www.giddingstx.com.
*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. Located in the Red Depot at 289 W. Railroad Ave., Giddings, Texas 78942