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EAC Helps Build Your Business

Build Your Network

Through the events the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce hosts, you have access to the most powerful, successful and influential business people in the Elgin area.

Networking: The Chamber hosts over 100 meetings and events each year to help you connect with potential customers and vendors for your business. You have access to 2,000 contacts a year and the potential for cultivating new and current business contacts is unlimited. Visit www.elginchamber.com/events/ to see our upcoming events.

Volunteering: The Chamber has many committees that afford members the opportunity to become actively involved and lend their talent and experience to benefit the entire membership and community.

Build Your Visibility

Chamber membership enhances your credibility in the community; it sends the message to consumers that you are a reputable company who actively participates in the local business community. According to a study done by the Shapiro Group, 80 percent of consumers said they feel more confident doing business with a Chamber Member.

Publicity and Exposure: The Chamber offers various ways to promote your business through publications like this annual community guide and business directory publication, online company profile, press releases, community calendar, membership recognition materials, advertising opportunities, social media exposure and sponsorship opportunities.

Business and Volunteer Awards: The Chamber hosts annual awards programs that recognize members for business excellence, exemplary services and dedicated volunteerism.

Build Your Bottom Line

The Chamber not only helps you build your business but also helps you to manage expenses through savings programs. The Chamber also provides members with valuable business services and resources.

Savings

• Save on products and services for your business through our affinity partners.

• Take advantage of discounts from other members by visiting the M2M discount page. There are various discounts from hotels, spas, restaurants, and professional services. Don’t forget as a member, you are also able to add your discount and drive business to you.

Business Services

• The Chamber offers a referral line that can provide you with the information necessary to make a wise decision when buying goods and services.

• Elgin Area Small Business Network provides resources and counseling to small businesses

• The Chamber offers free Notary and Certificate of Origin services as well as free meeting space opportunities to our members

Build Your Knowledge

Each month the chamber provides education opportunities for businesses and employees on current topics and leadership.

Learning through Participation

• The highly successful CEO Unplugged series features top leaders in the Elgin community who provide their exclusive leadership insights in an intimate, interactive environment.

• Tech Thursday’s feature experts in the technology industry that will help guide you through the complicated technology issues businesses face.

• Chamber Conversations are casual monthly events that give our members the opportunity to network and gain a quick grasp of a timely business topic from a featured EAC member within their area of expertise.

Build Your Economy

Much of the Chamber’s work to build the economy is done through the Elgin Development Group, our community economic development initiative. Economic development goals for EDG include:

• Provide a solid tax base to support quality municipal and educational services

• Improve the quality of life and standard of living for Elgin residents

• Create a diverse and vibrant local economy

• Generate meaningful employment opportunities

To achieve these goals the EDG partnership employs proven economic development initiatives and strategies to build Elgin’s economy.

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