Summerville, SC Chamber

About the Chamber

QUINCE E. CODY, President/CEO
Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
402 North Main Street, PO Box 670 Summerville, South Carolina 29483
Voice: 843.873.2931
Toll free: 866.875.8535
Fax: 843.875.4464
Websites: www.greatersummerville.org
www.insummerville.com
www.visitsummerville.com

Our Mission
The mission of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce is to protect and promote the quality of life in the community, with specific emphasis on improving economic vitality and providing a favorable business operating climate.

Our Vision is
To be the “go-to” organization for business in the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County area. Community leaders routinely seek our opinion on local issues and our members clearly see the value of their membership.

We Value
• A sense of community,
• Inclusiveness and diversity,
• Regional cooperation,
• Creative solutions and
• Committed and engaged members

Our Member Value Proposition
We understand the reason people join a chamber is to improve their business - and that can take a number of forms depending on the size and type of business. The most sought after benefits include networking/advertising opportunities, access to (training) resources and having a voice in community issues. We intend to provide these benefits in such a way that the value of membership is clear to every single member.

Our Critical Areas of Focus
• Membership growth/services
• Advocacy for business/members
• Board engagement
• Image/voice in the community (government relations/image)
• Promoting Tourism

Chamber Membership Investment Structureand Benefits
Our Chamber offers five different Membership Investment Levels that have marketing, public relations, training, and sponsorships molded into each package. The Levels are:

Supporter Investment Level
This membership investment level is designed for the small business start-up, non-profit or individual seeking to build initial business contacts and access decision makers at networking activities. Highlights of this investment level include:

Marketing
• Identity and credibility associated with the organization and the community
• One alphabetical & categorical listing for your business in the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Business/Community Guide Chamber
• Membership decal
• Invitations to Business After Hours and other network building events
• Listing on Chamber's website membership page
• Hyperlink to company website from Chamber website
• Referrals to prospective customers for your products or services
• Brochures and business cards displayed in Visitor Center
• Opportunity to insert advertisements in the Chamber newsletter
• Membership Receptions

Training — Education & computer training programs for you and your employees

Public Relations
• Subscription to Chamber Community Advocate newsletter
• Business/Community Guides for company use
• Opportunity to serve on committees

Sponsorships — Opportunity to sponsor Chamber programs to increase visibility

Patron Investment Level
Membership at this level is recommended for businesses that have established an identity and are becoming recognized in the local market place, yet seek more opportunities to grow. New businesses seeking immediate visibility may wish to choose this investment. In addition to the above, highlights of this investment level include the following:

Marketing
• A second or third category listing for your same business in the Business/Community Guide and the Chamber www.greatersummerville.org website
• 25 word descriptive listing on Chamber www.greatersummerville.org website
• Micro-site on Chamber's interactive www.insummerville.com website

Training
• Tickets to two professional development seminars
• Two tickets to Economic Forecast Luncheon

Pacesetter Investment Level
Some businesses are readily recognized for their ability to be innovative and successful while facing increased competition, a tight labor market or a soft economy. At the same time they strengthen their involvement in the community by insuring high levels of visibility and increased access to local and state leaders. Highlights of this level include all the benefits above plus the following:

Marketing
• Digital file of Chamber members with monthly updates
• Gold embossed Chamber membership wall plaque
• Participant in Chamber Member to Member Discount Program

Public Relations
• Two Tickets to Chamber Annual Gala & Membership Meeting

Sponsorship
• Sponsorship of two monthly Membership Coffees
• Bronze sponsor of annual Small Business Expo

Leadership Investment Level
Designed for growing businesses recognized within the region for their commitment to the community and their engagement in activities that build a positive business climate that helps build economic prosperity or those seeking that level of recognition. Often noted as the region's visionary leaders, these businesses continue to strengthen their position in the larger community by their foresight, business acumen and leadership. Highlights of this investment level include all the benefits shown above, plus the following:

Public Relations — Annual visit regarding key business issues by the Chamber CEO/President & Board of Directors member.

Sponsorships
• Bronze sponsor of annual Small Business Expo
• Donor sponsor at annual Chamber Golf Tournament
• Silver sponsor at Annual Gala & Membership Meeting

Vision Leadership Partnership
In addition to your Chamber membership, this partnership with the Chamber offers company name prominently displayed on a wall in the Visitor Center identifying your business as a Vision Leader and on a professional attractive sign that will be on display at all Chamber events throughout the year. Other benefits of participation include:

Recognition in Print & Website
• The Community Advocate monthly newsletter
• Chamber website membership page
• Chamber Business Resource Guide
• New Member Welcome Packets
• Prospective Member Packets

Recognition on Display Easel at:
• Membership Receptions
• Membership Coffees
• Business After Hours
• Economic Forecast Luncheon
• Industry Appreciation Luncheon
• Quarterly Breakfast Meetings
• Annual Christmas Breakfast
• Teacher of the Year Breakfast
• Public Forums on key economic issues
• Annual Gala & Membership Meeting
• Taste of the Town
• Annual Golf Tournament

Sponsorships
• Annual Gala & Membership Meeting Gold Sponsor
• Small Business Expo Gold Sponsor
• Annual Taste of the Town Silver Sponsor
• Industry Appreciation Luncheon Silver Sponsor

Note: Pursuant to the Revenue Act of 1987, dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. Investment dues are 95 percent deductible as a business expense to the extent otherwise permitted under the law.

 


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