You're a Chamber Member - Now What?
Benefits of Membership
The Chamber of Commerce provides businesses with access to powerful local resources. It's what we do... from offering networking events, promotional opportunities and publicity for your business to supporting businesses through legislative advocacy.
In addition to the many resources available, members also enjoy the following benefits:
What's the easiest thing you can do to establish credibility with a customer? The Chamber of Commerce membership plaque on your wall and the Virtual Chamber Logo on your website which tells customers you mean business and you care about your community.
PROMOTION ON CHAMBER WEBSITE:
The Chamber promotes its members by including their business information, logo, and description on a comprehensive and searchable Business Directory on our website. If you already have a web site, the Chamber provides you a direct link from your member listing back to your site. Additionally, our Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo displayed in a prominent section on our website.
DISCOUNTED RATE AT THE ANNUAL LACOMBE TRADE SHOW:
The Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Lacombe Trade Show, an annual event attended by thousands of local and regional consumers. As a participating exhibitor, your Chamber membership entitles you to a discounted rate on your booth. The Lacombe Trade Show is a great opportunity to interact directly with existing customers and attract new ones.
SPECIAL RATES ON:
- Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
- Travel Insurance through Johnson Inc.
- Payment Solutions with ATB Financial
- Esso Business Card Program (discount of 3.5 CENTS off pump prices!)
- Purolator Discount Program (up to 35% discount)
- Discounts for online marketing with 50 Free Calls.com
- Payworks discount for employee payroll
DISCOUNTED RATE ON LED SIGN ADVERTISING:
Chamber members pay less to advertise on our highly visible LED Sign, which is located on Highway 12 as you enter Lacombe from Highway 2 (adjacent to the Chamber building).
PROMOTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
The Chamber is an active social media marketer on behalf of its members. Using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram, the Chamber promotes your businesses as well as events in Lacombe and District that attract more customers to our community and to your business.
Events to Grow Your Business
The Chamber continually promotes members through a variety of events that put your business front and centre in the local community.
These events include:
Networking events provide an opportunity for members to get to know each other and do business. From lunches, to evening open houses they take many forms. If you're interested in hosting an event at your place of business, get in touch with our office to arrange details.
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
Taking place around the third week of October, Small Business Week is a nationally recognized event that features sessions designed to support, recognize, and celebrate Lacombe businesses and community contributors through various networking, team building, and business recognition events.
Capping Small Business Week is the annual Awards Gala for recognition and celebration of all local businesses and the economic impact they have on our community. This is prestigious fine dining event that gives the business community a chance to network and celebrate.
PASSPORT TO CHRISTMAS
This event is targeted to encourage consumers to shop at local businesses for the holiday season. Participating members carry and promote shopping passports provided by the Chamber in their store fronts for customers to pick up. With each local purchase, customers receive a stamp in their passport. Customers must spend a minimum of $300 at businesses located in Lacombe and Lacombe County to be eligible to enter a draw for one of three cash prizes. Members of the Lacombe Chamber can participate for a fee of $149 plus gst.
This popular community event has run for decades and brings many local and regional community members together in Lacombe. For a low cost of $75, our members have the opportunity to sponsor lunches during the Farmer's Bonspiel. As a corporate lunch sponsor, the Chamber will advertise your business in advance of the Bonspiel as well as during the week leading up to the Bonspiel through signage, our website and our social media marketing platforms. This is a great way to give back while also promoting your brand.
Lacombe Trade Show
Our annual Lacombe Trade Show is Lacombe's BIGGEST trade show event. Lacombe Trade Show provides your business with face to face selling opportunities and exposure to thousands of potential lifetime clients. Separate yourself from the competition. Introduce new and exciting products to the marketplace. Show people why they should be doing business with YOU!
The Lacombe Trade Show is a key piece of your annual marketing plan!
Registration opens annually in January.
Grand Opening is an event geared to promote your business in an informal setting as you celebrate a grand opening or re-opening (new management, new location, etc.). You provide the venue and refreshments, and we get the word out about your event. You get to connect with contacts (new and existing), showcase products, services and your space, and we get to provide yet another value to our Members.
LUNCHEONS AND ANNUAL EVENTS
Luncheons and events held throughout the year, such as Lunch 'n Learns, Lunch Mob, and the Chamber's Annual General Meeting Lunch events bring members together for both business and pleasure. These events are a great way to meet, greet and work with the business owners in our community.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
During the year the Chamber of Commerce presents or co-sponsors seminars and workshops on a wide variety of topics of interest to business people in our City and County, many offered at little or no cost. Watch the Chamber's website for dates and specific information.