Top 10 Reasons to Join

1. Instant Exposure for you and your business.

Research tells us that when consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

Free racking of your business cards, brochures or other marketing materials in our office
Free use of the Chamber’s boardroom ( upon availability)
Free exposure through our weekly e-newsletter, the Monday Memo
Participate in Networking Events (many of which are FREE!) Hosted, Sponsored or Facilitated by the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Host a Networking Event at your location.  You provide the space, snacks & refreshments & we take care of the rest – Marketing, promoting etc.  A typical scenario is from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on a Thursday evening but this is flexible
The opportunity to participate in any and all of our events as a sponsor
Free website listing with individual Member page
Participation in our Member-to-Member Discount Program

2 Credibility associated with Chamber Membership.

When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community, and is an industry leader.

3. Many ways to save money through member discounts

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Chamber Learning Network
Constant Contact
Hotel Discounts
Petro Canada Discounts
Shaw Sabey Insurance Discounts
Shell Gasoline Discounts
Staples Advantage
Esso Gasoline Discounts

4. Regularly hosted Networking Events.

Leadership Luncheons and dinners

Signature networking events

Doing Business on the Green Golf Tournament with Douglas College Foundation

Royal City Builders Awards

Platinum Awards

Economic Forums

5. Membership is 100% tax deductible.

Although our Chamber does not have an official Charity designation all memberships and sponsorships are 100% deductible as an operating expense.

6. Chamber Group Insurance offers affordable Group Plans for 1-25 employee based companies.

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has been protecting Canadian firms for over 40 years. From Victoria to St. John’s, over 25,000 small to medium-sized businesses use the Chambers Plan to protect their employees with comprehensive group benefits including dental and health insurance – making it Canada’s #1 employee benefits plan for small business.

Thousands of small business owners join the Chambers Plan each year because it’s the simple, stable, smart choice for their business: combining accessibility, flexible options and pooled benefits that add stability to their employee benefits.

Firms stay with the Chambers Plan year after year because the Plan combines unsurpassed value with excellent customer service at the national and local levels.

7. Be connected to your community through regular Chamber communications.

Staying in touch with almost 400 members is one of our top priorities, and we’re always working to improve how we communicate with them. This committee advised the Board on how best to reach members via email, web, and social media, as well as contribute to special projects and advocacy issues.

Letters of welcome sent to every new business in New Westminster

Development of new Membership Marketing Collateral
Review of all membership benefits
Joined the BC Chamber to enhance the benefit portfolio of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
Monday Memo
Media Releases
New Website Launched
Social Media Activities
Produced 10 Newsletters distributed via The Newsleader
Doing Business in New Westminster Magazine
Issued Surveys to members on issues such as signage, Pattullo Bridge, Chamber events etc
Personal telephone calls to each member regarding satisfaction survey
Hosted Focus Groups

8. One voice for business in New Westminster.

Advocacy begins at a local grass roots level. To be authentic it requires an organic approach to meeting with and having dialogue with our businesses as to what issues are having an adverse affect on their economic potential. Sometimes the issues can be resolved from a local governance perspective but in many cases the advocacy must proceed to the Provincial or National stage.

 

 9. Membership supports Economic Development initiatives that promote business attraction and business retention in New Westminster.

Economic Development is defined as action by people within a specific geographic community or group of communities to create local economic opportunities and improve quality of life. This can include developing entirely new businesses or industries, adding value to existing sectors, strengthening capacity, and improving local infrastructure to help communities achieve their full economic potential. The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with its community partners to achieve success!

NEW New West Economic Forum
WIN- Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
Meetings with Consul Generals
City of New Westminster Economic Development Advisory Committee
BC Transportation Summit
Regional Economic Development Dialogues

 

10. Being part of a bigger picture.