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 300 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 held on the fourth Thursday of the month, unless the Chamber member has a special need for a different date or calendar conflicts arise at the Chamber. 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 its communication methods, provide member mailing labels for invitations when requested and attend the event. The Chamber member's responsibility for the event can include sending special invitations to Chamber Members and their customers (must include the Chamber logo on printed materials), providing food and beverages at the event, providing door prizes at the event and making a presentation about their business/organization. The Business After Hours Program fee is $100. There is no cost to Chamber members to attend the event.
CALENDAR NETWORK The Marion Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Chamber Nation to provide its members with the Official Calendar Network. The Official Calendar Network helps communities easily inter-connect all of their businesses, organizations and events. The advanced central calendar network makes it easy to promote the region through the Official Mobile App and Official Area Network and is easily accessed through websites, search engines and mobile applications. For more information, click here. All Marion Chamber of Commerce members can submit their events, press releases, etc. through our Member Management System. To log in, click here.
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 deserved reputation as having the best-attended membership luncheons in the region. Featured speakers address topics that are current and relevant to our members. If any Marion Chamber of Commerce member would like to have information distributed at the Luncheons, please contact the Chamber to arrange for delivery of the info prior to noon the day before the event. Distributing fliers / business cards/ etc. 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 By teaming up with Chamber Nation, the Marion Chamber of Commerce is able to offer its members a wide variety of amazing tools from an Ad Display Program that showcases your products and services to a Traffic Catcher System that enables street view mapping and additional prospect delivery services and much more. For more information, visit commercecontrolpanel.com.
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. Ads can be up to 2 lines of text with the typical line containing about 18 characters (including spaces). Ads will be displayed twice for 15 seconds each on a 5 minute loop. We allow for a maximum of 10 ads, which means each ad is live on the board 576 times every day and approximately 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. After each Lunch & Learn, you will walk away with at least one mind changing idea that will create a desire for motivation and self-improvement. This is the perfect professional development opportunity to increase levels of influence and potential in yourself and in the teams you lead. Admission is $15 per Marion Chamber member ($20 for non-Chamber). Lunch and drinks provided courtesy of Heartland Regional Medical Center.
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. It is held at Heartland Regional Medical Center from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Mondays in 8- or 9-week sessions, Join a group of like-minded, forward-focusing individuals, working towards the common goals of growing ourselves, reaching our potential, and raising the bar on our leadership! Experience the incredible energy that participants bring to this facilitated group setting. Masterminds can be an extremely powerful tool to take your thinking and actions (and therefore results) to the next level! Dive deep into leadership topics with supportive like-minded leaders and learners. Mastermind Groups offer a unique opportunity to learn from others’ perspectives and experiences; and safely share your individual challenges and opportunities. There are a limited number of enrollments. $125 per Marion Chamber member ($135 for non-Chamber) enrollment fee includes a book. Enrollment is first-come, first served. Lunch and drinks provided free courtesy of Heartland Regional Medical Center.
MEMBER DISCOUNTS When you are a member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, you have access to many discounts provided by other Chamber members. Discounts may include radio and newspaper coupons, insurance discounts (commercial and personal), mobile telephone discounts, banking incentives and more! These discounts often cover the cost of membership! To submit your member-to-member discount, go to the Coupon Editor in your Member Management System. To log in to the Member Management system, visit our Web site and click "Member Login" on the top of the homepage or click here.
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 on Apple iTunes for iPhone/iPads, Google Play Marketplace for Android devices, and HTML 5 app for Windows, Blackberry, Symbian and Firefox OS phones. For more information, click here.
MOBS Join the Marion Chamber Mob! Every quarter, the Marion Chamber invites you to visit a Marion area establishment armed with cash, a smile, and a love of Marion. We call the business ahead of time to let them know they have been chosen as that quarter’s Mob destination, but we won’t let you know where the location is until the day before the Mob. The Marion Chamber Mob schedule is as follows: March - Dish Mob; June - Social Mob; September - Dish Mob; and December - Social Mob.
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.
NETWORK Marion Chamber of Commerce has invested in a state-of-the-art community wide economic development infrastructure. This provides a SINGLE network that can host all of the businesses within the community. Members can now be connected to the official Area Search Engine for the community, and the official mobile application while leveraging the significant prospect traffic coming into the organization's network. For more information, click here. All Marion Chamber of Commerce members can submit their events, press releases, etc. through our Member Management System. To log in, click here.
PROFILE DISPLAY Marion Chamber of Commerce has invested in a state-of-the-art community wide economic development infrastructure. This provides a SINGLE network that can host all of the businesses within the community. Members can now be connected to the official Area Search Engine for the community, and the official mobile application while leveraging the significant prospect traffic coming into the organization's network. For more information, click here.
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. The Official Search Network includes: Advanced Business Directory, Search Engine for Businesses, Services, Deals and Calendars, Mobile Application with Directory, Mobile Application with Search Tool, Reporting and Keyword Optimization Access for Business Participants. For more information, click here.
SOLAR SAVINGS PROGRAM The Marion Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with AES Solar to offer Chamber members an exclusive opportunity to receive a 15% equipment discount. If you would like to learn more about the Solar Savings Program, please contact AES Solar at email@example.com.
MARION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2305 West Main St PO Box 307 Marion, Illinois 62959