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Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is constantly working hard to PROMOTE and STRENGTHEN the commerce for its members and the community. Chamber membership is a valuable investment in your business or organization.

HOW DOES THE CHAMBER PROVIDE VALUE FOR MY BUSINESS & COMMUNITY?

• NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES at Membership meetings and other monthly Chamber events.

• The Chamber gives REFERRALS on a daily basis for our Members.

• Representation on the CHAMBER WEBSITE including a detailed business profile.

• PROMOTIONAL SERVICES for local products.

• Monthly MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS featuring speakers of interest to Chamber members, one-on-one networking, and promotional opportunities.

• ADVOCACY on State and local levels for interests of the local business community.

• MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES for your business including Weekly Webdates, Member of the Week, Member2Member Discount Cards, Sponsorships including: Chamber-After-Hours, Morning Meet & Greets, and Chamber Champions.

• Assisting with RIBBON CUTTINGS & GRAND OPENINGS to augment your celebration.

• Recognizing member’s pride in their business by renovations and improvements with a monthly and an annual: LOOKING OUR BEST award.

WHAT ARE OTHER BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHAMBER?

Chamber members enjoy exclusive opportunities to promote their businesses to prospective customers throughout Southern Virginia. All of these opportunities are designed to maximize your investment, both in time and money.

• CREDIBILITY in the business community.

• A COLLECTIVE VOICE with other businesses.

• NETWORKING with established/new business people in the area.

• REPRESENTATION, including a detailed business profile, for each of its members in the Membership Directory on the Chamber website.

• DISCOUNTS on insurance through Chamber members offering Anthem BC/BS Value Added Association Benefits. Other valuable discounts are available to chamber members from fellow members.

• Exceptional CHAMBER-AFTER-HOURS and MORNING MEET & GREETS to network, highlight and promote your business.

• Annual HOLIDAY AWARDS RECEPTION featuring recognition of: Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Member of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Looking Our Best of the Year.

• EXPOS & WORKSHOPS including an annual Small Business Community Showcase that we partner with Longwood University. Other informative smaller workshops are going on throughout the year as well.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

• ATTEND Monthly Membership meetings.

• HOST or ATTEND Chamber-After-Hours or Morning Meet & Greet events.

• Participate in PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS sponsored by the Chamber.

• Offer MEMBER2MEMBER DISCOUNTS as well as use your Member2Member Discount card at participating member businesses.

• Include updates and events at no charge in the CHAMBER’S WEEKLY WEBDATE.

• Nominate peers for MEMBERSHIP AWARDS, and attend, the Chamber’s annual Holiday Awards Reception.

• Participate in CHAMBER SUPPORTED EVENTS including the annual Golf Tournament in May and the Small Business Community Showcase in September.

• Participate in LEADERSHIP FARMVILLE and learn even more about your community, opportunities here, and how you can get more involved on many levels.

• Offer DOOR PRIZES at Chamber events to directly market your business to key leaders.

WHAT DOES THE CHAMBER DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY?

While you are using Chamber resources to improve your business, the Chamber staff is using the collective strength of the Town of Farmville, Prince Edward County and Cumberland County to improve the region’s business climate and build a more prosperous community for everyone.

The Chamber is the Front door to your community, where visitors and newcomers get their first impression of our area.

• Provide BUSINESS REFERRALS on a daily basis.

• Fulfill requests for COMMUNITY & TOURIST INFORMATION nationwide.

• Provide RELOCATION PACKETS to those interested in relocating to the area or opening a business.

• Publish a full color COMMUNITY PROFILE as well as a constantly updated membership directory.

• Contribute to and help SPONSOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS & COMMUNITY EVENTS in the area. Some of the events include: the Christmas Craft Show, Heart of Virginia Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Christmas Parade, Moton Museum Community Banquet, First Fridays Concerts and other Farmville Downtown events.

• Serve on STATE BOARDS such as the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Local boards your Chamber serves on include: R.R. Moton Museum, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, THOYA (The Heart of Your Adventure), Virginia’s Retreat, Southside Community College and the Farmville Prince Edward Tourism Board.

• Host the LEADERSHIP FARMVILLE PROGRAM. This is a program where participants develop their own leadership potential by educating them about the role and workings of government, education and volunteer community services.

WHAT IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

The Chamber of Commerce is a business network and plays an important role in any area, but in a rural community that role becomes vital. With political power and resources at the state level slipping further and further away from rural communities, it is increasingly clear that we must take greater responsibility for the future of the Farmville area ourselves. This means teamwork; working as partners with local government, businesses and citizens to invest our time, talent and energy in this great place we call home.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce exists to improve the quality of life of those living and doing business in the community by working in partnership with its membership and local government. Focusing leadership on challenges and opportunities, the Chamber strives to empower individual businesses and the collective entrepreneurial community to fulfill their financial and human potential. The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce strives to be an advocate for the community’s best interests and a catalyst for achieving those goals which are best for its members and the greater community.

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