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Chamber Member Benefits

20 Ways Your Membership Pays

Your annual membership investment in the Emeryville Chamber is tax-deductible as a necessary business expense. But what you get goes FAR BEYOND a deductible line item. We like to think of it as what it really is -- one of your best investments in marketing and promoting your business!

Join us and discover why the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce continues to be “Your Best Business Connection.”


1 |, and a new world of Social Media exposure – Connecting Your Business to a Universe of Potential New Customers and Clients

Averaging thousands of unique user sessions each month, the Chamber’s website is your one-stop electronic portal for local business and community information. The Business Directory links directly to your own website, via our complete listing of all Chamber members.

Our Chamber business members gain extra exposure through our aggressive use of Social Media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, which recognizes new and renewing members, announcements of upcoming events and detailed photo albums of our activities. Our listings also appear in the San Francisco Business Times’ on-line Events Calendar.

2 | Emeryville Chamber Business Networking Connections – The Region’s Most Buzzed-About Business Networking Events

You can take advantage of one of the most popular networking events anywhere in the East Bay. Meet potential new clients and customers, exchange business cards, make contacts, and promote your business at one of our most popular offerings, the Chamber Business Networking Connection. Networking Connections are held the third Thursday of the month and hosted by member businesses at an exciting new location in Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany and Oakland, as we strive to “regionalize” our offerings and expand the market for our members. Free admission for Chamber members. Check the “Calendar of Events” section on the Chamber’s website or log onto our Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for dates and locations.

3 | Sponsorship Opportunities – Extra Value and Exposure for Your Marketing Dollar.

Promotional sponsorship rights for events like our State of the City Luncheon, Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers Luncheon, Annual Business Expo, Chamber University and other special events are reserved exclusively for our Chamber members. Banner ads on our web site and on Emeryville This Week (our popular weekly broadcast fax newsletter, sent to over 600 fax numbers weekly) and our 60-Second Chamber E-news Updates (our broadcast e-newsletter, sent to over 8,800 e-mail addresses) are very affordable and effective ways to promote your business, products and services to the local market.

4 | Business Membership Directory and Community Information Guide – The Local Business Source for Business, Residents, and Visitors.

Members receive two free listings in our printed Business Directory -- alphabetical and classified. Thousands are distributed to businesses, residences, visitors, government offices, libraries, hotels and other public venues and at all Chamber of Commerce events. Advertising is also available. All members are also listed in as many as six categories in our Web Site’s Business Directory on

5 | Annual Business Expo!

This annual trade show, presented each year in May in collaboration with the Berkeley and Albany Chambers of Commerce, offers you exposure, contacts, and potential new business prospects. Let us bring hundreds of potential new customers and clients to you. A terrific way to showcase your business at less than $1 per prospect. Free admission, parking and food for the attendees and discount exhibition booth rates for all Chamber of Commerce members. Contact us for sponsorship and exhibitor information.

6 | Chamber Ambassadors Promote Themselves and the Chamber!

Let our Chamber Ambassadors help make your event shine! Their presence enhances YOUR image! You, as a participant in our Ambassador program, represent the Chamber at events and have an extra opportunity to meet new business contacts as they join the Chamber or expand their businesses. Chamber Ambassadors gain instant recognition by wearing their distinctive Emeryville Chamber of Commerce Ambassador badge.

7 | Business Referrals

By phone, e-mail, letter and drop-ins, the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce receives hundreds of requests annually for business referrals. Only member firms are referred to businesses or individuals seeking products and services. We direct customers to YOUR BUSINESS. The Business Directory on our Web Site is available 24/7 for referrals by business category and by business name.

8 | Membership Plaque

Proudly display your distinctive Emeryville Chamber of Commerce membership plaque at your place of business. It’s a credibility builder and lets your employees, customers, and clients know you are a community partner, invested in the growth and health of our region.

9 | Welcome to Emeryville Gift Bags – Let us Distribute Your Promotional Items for You!

One of our most popular member business exposure benefits and an inexpensive and efficient way to reach a whole new source of potential customers and clients! The Chamber of Commerce presents “Welcome to Emeryville” Gift Bags to new businesses in Emeryville and the surrounding area and to all new and prospective Chamber of Commerce members. The bags are filled with Chamber information and promotional information and items from our members. Make the Chamber the “distribution center” for your promotional items. Just get your items to us, and we’ll take care of the rest.


10 | Chamber University: Quality Business Information.

Our Chamber University series presents topics and issues vital to the successful operation of your business. We bring the experts to you! Advanced sales and marketing tips, how to use Social Media to promote your business, “buzz marketing,” and how to use the latest Microsoft Office Suite products are just some of the topics covered. This is also a terrific networking and business exposure venue.

11 | International Trade Services and Information.

The Chamber links to and distributes information and resources on international markets through exporting and importing. We are also happy to process your Certificates of Origin, with sharply discounted fees for Emeryville Chamber of Commerce members.

12 | Information Center – The Chamber is “Connection Central” for the East Bay.

Networking and an extensive networking of regional connections is an Emeryville Chamber of Commerce core competency. The Chamber maintains demographic information, community information, local publications, maps and other information for tourists, new residents, and business visitors. We answer hundreds of mail and telephone inquiries annually. Our Web Site has special Visitor Information and Relocation pages so that important information is available around the clock and around the world.

13 | California Chamber of Commerce and Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) Memberships

Emeryville Chamber’s memberships in these organizations place expert information, training resources and representation for business at YOUR fingertips! We keep up with the latest in Chamber services and activities for the benefit of your business. Active membership in the Western Association of Chamber Executives ensures that our Chamber of Commerce maintains a high level of professionalism and service to our business members.

14 | Member-to-Member Discounts

Chamber members can take advantage of all the benefits available to you through your Chamber membership, including a diverse array of services and products offered at discounts by Chamber members, TO Chamber members. These are exclusive to Emeryville Chamber of Commerce members and are featured prominently on the home page of the Chamber’s Web Site and promoted through our e-news bulletins.


15 | Representing the Interests of Business Before Government

The Emeryville Chamber of Commerce has worked for over two decades to establish strong, ongoing relationships with governmental bodies at all levels, enabling us to represent the interests of business when legislation is proposed that can impact your ability to grow and operate profitably. The Chamber has attended Emeryville City Council meetings on a regular basis for 13 years, and we continually communicate with elected officials and staffs to inform them of business needs and to propose initiatives to help build an environment that can help businesses grow and thrive.

16 | Committees and Task Forces

Join the committee(s) of your choice and “leave your mark” in the community – or come up with an idea for one of your own that we currently do not have! Our committees include Ambassadors, Business Promotion and Communications, Economic Development Strategy Task Force, and Events.


17 | Commitment #1: Building a Stronger Local Economy

An on-going commitment to balanced economic growth in Emeryville fuels initiatives dedicated to business retention and expansion, attraction of new business enterprises, and an objective to ensure adequate representation and growth for all segments of our economy. The Chamber’s leadership in economic development is captured in our 2020 Vision Plan and Strategy document, which was presented to the Emeryville City Council on February 28th, 2012, and our Focus of Economic Health position paper, which is reprinted in this Directory.

18 | Promoting the Community

Emeryville is a small community, but the Chamber is involved in a big way. The Chamber supports the Emery Unified School District through our active support of the Emery Education Foundation and other EUSD fundraising activities. The Emeryville Community Action Program (ECAP) serves the less fortunate citizens of Emeryville and the Chamber works to raise funds for ECAP. The arts community is an integral part of Emeryville and the Chamber works alongside our business partners to help publicize the month-long Emeryville Art Exhibition each October. Additionally many community activities are publicized in all of the Chamber’s communications venues — our Web Site, broadcast fax, and 60 Second e-news updates and on our Chamber Facebook page.

19 | Chairman’s Circle – Exhibiting an Extra Level of Chamber of Commerce Support and Community Leadership.

The highest level of visible commitment a business can make. Our Chairman’s Circle members are local businesses who visibly demonstrate their support for the Chamber of Commerce and the community through an enhanced membership investment. Chairman’s Circle members receive permanent exposure through a separate listing on the Chamber’s Web Site, on all printed Chamber event programs, on the Chamber’s letterhead, and in our weekly 60-Second Update e-newsletter, which is sent to over 8,800 e-mail addresses regularly.

20 | Healthy City Initiative: Launching and Era of Shared Community Values.

In February, 2007 the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce launched its landmark Healthy City Initiative (HCI) Program. The Initiative is an ambitious plan designed to foster a healthy, vibrant, strong and safe community by promoting seven core values which the entire community can share and endorse. Each of the seven core values involves building linkages and connections to business, government, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals, with the Chamber of Commerce serving as the central distribution point for information, ideas, HCI events and activities. We have produced two detailed extensions of our HCI Program: Our 2020 Vision Plan and Strategy, and our Focus on Economic Health Position Paper. A third extension paper is currently under development.

We invite you to learn more about this landmark initiative by visiting the Healthy City Initiative section elsewhere in this Directory, or by visiting, or by visiting the HCI Facebook page.

The Emeryville business community generates over 70% of the City’s General Fund revenues. Our HCI Program and economic concept papers are designed to recognize this fact and to promote policies and programs that nurture an environment conducive to economic vitality and enhanced quality of life.

At the intersection of Economic Vitality and Quality of Life

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