Why should a business join the Marion Chamber of Commerce? The answer is the Marion Chamber of Commerce is the region's largest and most active Chamber with over 520 members representing more than 400 area businesses, organizations, and industry. The Chamber supports the growth of area business and keeps a constant communication with local and state officials regarding legislative issues affecting all businesses.
1-ON-1 BUSINESS MARKETING CONSULTATION The Chamber’s Marketing Committee will provide consultative services to member businesses to help set goals, evaluate the market, identity objectives and tasks, and recommend promotional, advertising and marketing opportunities through a formal written marketing plan.
BUSINESS ADVOCACY The Chamber is the organized voice of business for the Marion area. We look for potential opportunities and challenges for our area and work with our members to continue making this the best possible place to live and work.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Business After Hours events are monthly networking events for Chamber members, their guests and colleagues. BAH events are usually held on Thursdays, unless the Chamber member has a special need or calendar conflicts at the Chamber arise. The hours for a BAH are to be determined by the Chamber member, however, 4-6 p.m. is recommended. For the event, the Chamber will promote the event through all of our communications methods, provide member mailing list for invitations when requested and attend the event. The Business After Hours Program fee is $100. There is no cost to Chamber members to attend the event.
CHAMBER COMMITTEES One of the best networking opportunities available through the Chamber is for you to be a part of one of our many active committees. For a list of Marion Chamber of Commerce Committees, click here. All Marion Chamber of Commerce members can sign up for Chamber Committees through our Member Management System. To log in, click here. Then, go to "Forms."
CHAMBER MONTHLY LUNCHEONS The Marion Chamber of Commerce has the best-attended membership luncheons in the region. Featured speakers address topics that are current and relevant to our members. Displaying fliers and announcements at the Monthly Membership Lunches is free and a part of your Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership
CITY MAPS The Chamber publishes a map every two to three years. The advertising panels on the map are available to Chamber members only.
COMMERCE CONTROL PANEL Through Chamber Nation, the Marion Chamber of Commerce is able to offer its members a wide variety of amazing tools that showcases your products and services to a Traffic Catcher System.
CONFERENCE ROOM USAGE Use of the Chamber meeting room is free for Chamber member organizations/businesses, their voting members or their employees. There is a $50 fee per day for nonmembers. A Conference Room Usage Agreement Form is available at the Chamber office.
DIGITAL SIGN ADVERTISING The Marion Chamber of Commerce makes its electronic outdoor sign available for rent to Chamber members. We allow for a maximum of 10 ads, which means each ad is visible 17,520 times per month. The sign runs 24/7 so your message gets maximum exposure.
LUNCH AND LEARN This program is a part of the Marion Chamber’s Leadership Marion development program for CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, and all potential leaders. Held monthly at Heartland Regional Medical Center from noon to 1 p.m., you will receive the best leadership principles, interact with other growing leaders, and discuss how to apply effective practices to your organization. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Lunch provided.
MARION COMMUNITY PROFILE BOOK This Chamber economic development tool lists vital areas of our community that a potential new business, organization or resident would be interested in. Only Chamber members are allowed to advertise in this book. The current Marion Profile Book is available here and copies are available at the Chamber office.
MASTERMIND This program is a part of the Marion Chamber’s Leadership Marion development program for CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, and all potential leaders. Join a group of like-minded, forward-focusing individuals, working towards the common goals, reaching our potential, and raising the bar on our leadership! Limited enrollment per session, contact the chamber office for cost information.
MEMBER DISCOUNTS When you are a member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, you have access to many discounts provided by other Chamber members.
MEMBER EBLAST The Marion Chamber of Commerce is happy to send promotional eBlasts on behalf of members as a member benefit for $50. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A company may only request a Member eBlast once a month
MEMBERSHIP MAILING LABELS To assist members with their own direct mailings, our mailing list is available on labels to our members for $35 per printed set or free for electronic versions. We do not provide our e-mail list for distribution.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT The Marion Chamber of Commerce is happy to promote members on the homepage of the Chamber’s Web site in the Member Spotlight section for $150. Note that one Member Spotlight is featured a month. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A company may only request a Member Spotlight once a year.
MOBILE APP The Chamber Mobile App was created to help members conveniently stay in touch with Chamber news and information. The Chamber Mobile App is available to the public with a special members-only area that enables the user to share content with the chamber membership. For more information, click here.
MONTHLY LUNCHEON SPONSORSHIP The Marion Chamber of Commerce is happy to offer to members the sponsorship opportunity at the Monthly Membership Luncheons, held on the second Tuesday of each month (except for January) for $150. Each Monthly Luncheon will have only one sponsor, and that sponsor is entitled to: a logo in the luncheon invitation, opportunity to speak for up to five minutes at the luncheon, and a table set up by the registration table at the luncheon. The opportunity is limited to one Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship per business per year.
PROFILE DISPLAY With the help of Profile Display, the Marion Chamber has advertising available to only Chamber members in the information and resource display located in the lobby of the Marion Chamber.
RACKS FOR MEMBER INFORMATION Rack space is available for members to display their business brochures and business cards for visitors to our office.
REFERRALS The Chamber staff responds to the hundreds of inquires received by our office each year by giving lists of appropriate members. Members ONLY are referred as business leads.
RIBBON CUTTING All businesses and organizations in good standing with the Marion Chamber of Commerce can schedule a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Chamber free of charge. The Chamber will attend and promote the event, encourage city officials, members of the Chamber and its Board of Directors, and media to attend, and supply the ribbon and scissors for the event. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate your new business, new location, business remodel/renovation, new management/ownership, new products/services and more. Contact the Chamber to schedule your Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
SAVE ON ELECTRIC AND GAS The Marion Chamber of Commerce and Affordable Gas and Electric have teamed up to offer Chamber members this exclusive opportunity to save BIG on their electricity and natural gas bills. If you would like to learn more about the Electricity and Natural Gas Aggregation for Marion Chamber of Commerce Members, please contact Marion Chamber of Commerce member AGE at firstname.lastname@example.org
SEARCH NETWORK The Marion Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Chamber Nation to provide its members with the Official Search Network. The Official Search Network has been created to help communities easily understand what people are searching for and finding, or NOT FINDING. For more information, click here.
MARION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2305 West Main St PO Box 307 Marion, Illinois 62959