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Return on Investment

Convenience
The Chamber has established an extremely informative and interactive website www.irwindalechamber.org. Visitors from around the globe are able to obtain information about business services, events and other information with the click of a button. Every member receives the Website Promotional Package and members can also post job opportunities, find business resources, view the calendar of events, add events to your MS Outlook calendar, RSVP and pay online!

Return on Investment $3,500! Your investment in the Chamber gives your business credibility, visibility and marketability.

Promote what you do
The Irwindale Guide to Business & Community Directory – The Irwindale Business Directory is a user-friendly business resource and a colorful pictorial image piece of this dynamic community. Good things happen when members do business with each other. Members are listed in multiple sections of the directory at no charge.

Official Community Map – This high-quality, user-friendly publication will be the first point of contact for families and businesses interested in relocating to our area, a valuable guide to both longtime residents and the many corporate clients and visitors to our great community.

Brochure Display in Chamber’s Reception Area – Chamber members are able to display their promotional brochures in the Chamber’s lobby, making your information readily available to visitors and locals alike.

Heighten your visibility
Tell the world what you do with our Website Promotion Package!

Multiple Directory Listings – Select two categories to be featured under. Utilize keywords for optimal placements in the search engine, and hot-link to your website.

Traffic Catcher Page – Customize your own webpage on www.irwindalechamber.org to turbo charge your online presence with your logo, photos and more!

Member Discount Program – The member discount program is one more option for chamber members to market their businesses among other business owners. Utilize the Coupon Creator to add special offers on our website for members only or everyone!

Social Media – Members are highlighted in various social media through daily updates that the Chamber posts on a daily basis.

Smartphone App – This app provides users with up-to-date information about our community. It has a complete searchable Business Directory with touch calling and Google mapping to help you be found easily. It also uploads member coupons and special offers from our website.

Be in the Know
Email Alert – Our weekly email service is to notify interested Chamber members of pertinent business related information, training opportunities and to promote community events and happenings.

Monthly Newsletter – The Chamber Newsletter, Insights, is the medium by which the Chamber communicates with both members and the residential community, keeping you current on Chamber events, community activities, business issues and opportunities. The newsletter is distributed by email, by mail to those who prefer the hard copy and is posted on the website.

Chamber Seminars – The Chamber offers training and educational opportunities through many scheduled seminars throughout the year. Workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics assist our members in addressing and improving current business and community issues.

Environmental Committee Forums and Training Programs – The Environmental Committee continues to feature programs such as Industry tours, workshops, FREE E-Waste Collection and Recycling, Environmental Awards and Green Business Expo.

Small Business Roundtable – A program designed specifically for the owners, presidents or CEOs of companies with less than 30 employees. Envisioned as a peer support group, the Small Business Roundtable meets bi-monthly to tackle challenges, share successes and present speakers discussing topics ideally suited to success of small businesses.

Human Resource Roundtable – The HR Roundtable is a forum designed to bring HR Professionals and those charged with the task of HR at their companies together to discuss key issues, challenges and solutions.

Legislative Issues – The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce has adopted a legislative platform to enable us to respond quickly to business issues as they develop especially when timeliness is of the essence. Our Legislative Council will monitor the legislative activity of the representatives who serve the City of Irwindale.

Economic Development Partnerships – The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce partners with the City of Irwindale in its efforts to promote the city as a positive place to locate and, or expand a business.

Business Walks/Red Team – The Chamber CEO participates with the city of Irwindale and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership in targeted business walks visiting various industries throughout Irwindale. The purpose of these visits is to have an open discussion regarding how selected businesses are doing, what future plans they have for expansion, what issues they are facing with various public agencies and the economy and how best the city, the Chamber and the Partnership can assist them that will result in their success and prosperity in the city of Irwindale.

Website Links – The Chamber maintains a page on their website highlighting the city and providing links to key city departments.

Marketing the Good News – The Chamber continues to provide positive stories about Irwindale and highlight its positive attributes which lend themselves to a business wanting to locate and/or expand their facility in Irwindale.

Luncheons/Community Updates – Monthly luncheons feature a diverse selection of speakers from our community. They also provide an opportunity to conduct official Chamber business, networking with members and to welcome and introduce our newest members.

State of the City Luncheon – This informative presentation by the Mayor of Irwindale is a must-attend event that sells out early every year. It is a great way to hear about upcoming business developments and network with city officials and department heads.

Where’s Lunch – The Chamber promotes a member restaurant each month by inviting everyone to go have lunch at the restaurant and meet up with business representatives and Chamber staff in a relaxed setting.

Nonprofit Alliance – The committee brings together member nonprofits throughout the region. The Alliance provides a spirit of cooperation in highlighting the needs of the nonprofit community in a cohesive and meaningful way.

Toastmasters – The Irwindale Chamber has their very own Toastmasters Club and all members are invited to become part of this group. Those who have to do any sort of public speaking can gain a great deal of skills and tips from the club and its members.

Get Known

Business Awards – Business of the Month is to recognize local member businesses and organizations that have established success in business and also demonstrate involvement in community service.

Held in conjunction with the Installation Banquet in January, the Chamber presents the Annual Business Awards to honor those whose efforts make a difference in our community. Four awards are given: Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Employee of the Year.

Citizen Awards – The Citizen of the Year Award is to recognize individuals for superior contributions to the Irwindale community. Winners of this prestigious honor have represented the most dedicated participants in community activities, and who have demonstrated unselfish devotion to others.

The Chamber established the Young Citizen of the Year Competition to recognize the youth of Irwindale for their vision of the future.

Installation & Awards Dinner – Held annually during the month of January, this sell-out event is the forum for officially installing the new Board of Directors and Chair of the Board. It is also a time to thank retiring Board of Directors and honor the prior year’s Chair of the Board.

Golf Tournament – This premier tournament is a great way to link business with pleasure. It provides an excellent opportunity to entertain clients and friends and to promote your business through networking and sponsorship recognition.

World of Food, Brews, Blues & Poker Tour – A new event, held in October of each year highlights the restaurants throughout the Irwindale and region.

Good Morning Irwindale Networking Breakfast (GMI) – This popular monthly morning meeting allows members a 30-second “commercial” of their products and services. Other programs include “Mini Expo,” guest speakers, and “Business Card Bingo.”

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies – The Chamber’s Business Ambassadors holds ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses in the area. Business Ambassadors members and Chamber staff come to the business with the ribbon and ceremonial scissors for the ceremony. The Chamber representative will take pictures and include them in the upcoming monthly newsletter. Ribbon cuttings can also be arranged for relocations, changes of ownership, or other significant happenings in the life of a business.

Business Referral Service – The Chamber of Commerce is often the first point of contact for information for both visitors and persons relocating to the area. Callers and visitors are referred to Chamber members who fit their needs.

Promotional Opportunities

Chamber publications have been designed as an opportunity to promote your business. The advertising dollars you spend now are an investment in the future of your business. Good advertising leads to business success!

Membership Roster/ Mailing Lists

Members ONLY! – The Chamber maintains an up-to-date list of membership. This list is available in several forms. To protect our members from spam we do not include email addresses or fax numbers.

Hard Copy: FREE! – The Chamber will produce on request an alphabetical or categorical list of the complete membership.

Labels – $35 Includes contact person, business name & mailing address.

Disk – $75 Same information as hard copy provided via email

Insights Newsletter – Published monthly, this full-color magazine has a distribution of 1,000 via email and hard copy. It is also posted on the website. It targets both the business and residential communities. A 10 percent discount is available for annual advertising contracts.

Irwindale Business & Community Directory – The Directory was developed for use as a relocation publication as well as a directory of local business and community information. It contains demographic, statistical, government and local information about the Irwindale area. The Directory includes listings of all of our Chamber members, and is distributed to members to encourage “doing business with members”, making this your quick guide to Chamber Members and their services. Call for contract and pricing.

Chamber Website – Membership in the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce includes a customizable webpage, multiple listings and links on the Chamber’s website. Banner Ads are a great way to showcase your business on the Internet. Select from Event Registration, Calendar, Business Directory, or Traffic Catcher Pages.

Door Prize/Raffle/Auction Contributions
A great way to showcase your product or service is to provide door prizes, raffle or auction items for our events.

Getting Involved

Board of Directors – The Board of Directors is made up of 16 volunteer leaders who are elected by the general membership. The Board of Directors are all decision makers within their companies. Each may serve up to three two-year terms. The members of the board represent all types of businesses from sole proprietors to large national corporations and include many ethnicities.

Business Ambassadors – the MISSION of the BUSINESS AMBASSADORS is to connect and strengthen business relationships, communicate chamber benefits, bring exposure to its members and help businesses reach their ultimate goals.

Cornerstones of Irwindale Commerce – The Cornerstone Club was created to prominently recognize businesses whose continual support has been instrumental in the growth of the Irwindale business community through the Chamber of Commerce.

Environmental Committee – Formed in 2000, the committee was organized to provide a forum to exchange ideas and incubate relationships that could assist local businesses in preventing or managing environmental and safety challenges.

Legislative Council – The Irwindale Chamber Legislative Council utilizes the Irwindale Chamber’s Legislative Priorities platform to determine which legislative, regulatory and governmental issues the Chamber should support or oppose. We then inform legislators of the Chamber’s positions.

PARTNERSHIPS

Irwindale Educational Foundation (IEF) … The Irwindale Educational Foundation, a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization originating in 1987 is dedicated to the betterment of the citizenry of Irwindale and its youth. This program benefits not only the residential community of Irwindale but also the businesses that are located in Irwindale and who are members in good standing with the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce. Those eligible to apply are residents, Irwindale business owners and their employees and family members.

The Day at the Races held in the spring and the elite Club 40 are the primary fundraisers for the scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded in August of each year and range from $500 to $2,000 per qualified applicant.

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