At the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce we offer a wide variety of benefits for our membership. Regardless of whether you offer a product or service, have a brick and mortar location or conduct business virtually, employ hundreds of individuals or are a one-man-operation, every business can take advantage of exclusive member’s-only perks, most of which are included in your annual membership dues. In addition, several levels of sponsorship opportunities allow businesses of all sizes and budgets to gain exposure at well-attended Chamber events.
Events: Members receive priority participation and discounted booths in Chamber-sponsored events.
e-Newsletters: Members receive regular emails, which include business and community news, success tips, exclusive promotional opportunities and details about upcoming chamber events.
Online Promotion: Members receive a complimentary micro-site in the Chamber’s online Members Directory, which include a back-link to your website, main business contacts and links to your social media platforms. In addition, list details about your business’ public events on our online Event Calendar, currently the most comprehensive online calendar available featuring Ellsworth area events and happenings.
Annual "Best of..." Awards Program: This campaign connects our members with the community, allowing area residents the opportunity to recognize their favorite area businesses. Seven "Best Of..." awards in various categories are up for grabs through online nomination and voting process. The "Best of..." awards are presented at the Annual Dinner, when winner receive a commemorative framed poster for display at their business, along with bragging rights for the year!
Facebook Exposure: Our active presence on Facebook gives you added exposure when we like, comment and share via your business’ Facebook page. To maximize the impact, make sure you’re following and engaging with us as your business page and personal profile, too.
Training & Education: Members are invited to Chamber sponsored education events, offering a variety of learning on topics such as social media, marketing and advertising, customer service, goal-setting and strategic planning, fraud prevention and other timely topics of interest.
Job Postings: Members can post current job openings to the Chamber’s website at no cost to gain exposure across the web. From time to time, job postings may be featured on the Chamber’s Facebook page, too.
Hot Deals: Chamber members are able to offer “Hot Deals” to the community via the Chamber website and social media. Offer discounts and special offers and opportunities to attract the attention of our website visitors. Promotions are subject to approval by Chamber staff.
Monthly Meetings: Members are invited to attend monthly member meetings to network and learn about a timely business topic. Member meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Members receive e-invites and reminders leading up to each meeting. Lunch is catered by a member business for a nominal cost.
Business After Hours Events: A time of networking and fun for everyone, members are invited to attend quarterly events, held after hours, at a Member business. The perfect opportunity for members to showcase their products/services, and a casual networking opportunity for attendees, these events are well-attended. Refreshments are provided by the host and businesses may partner to share the spotlight and expenses. To sponsor an upcoming event, contact the chamber to be added to the waiting list.
Kick Starter Morning Coffee: Always the 2nd Friday of every month; this is an intense one-hour early morning networking event. The location rotates through various business hosts. Raise your business' profile even more by hosting!
Annual Awards Banquet: The largest social function of the year, members are invited to attend the Annual Awards Banquet each February. An evening of entertainment, dinner is served and several businesses and individuals are recognized with awards for their services/accomplishments. The famous Dessert Auction is not to be missed!
Ribbon Cuttings: Our Ambassadors group welcomes the opportunity to assist in making your ribbon cutting, grand opening or ground breaking a special event.
Committee Activities: For members interested in playing a more active role in our organization and give of their time and talent to support our local businesses and better our community, we have several committee volunteer opportunities available. If you have questions, or would like to discuss which opportunity would best fit your talent and time availability, please contact the chamber office. More information about our committees can be found here.
Sponsorships: Members have the opportunity to sponsor a number of community initiatives through the Chamber. Every level of sponsorship is welcome, allowing the Chamber to continue to serve both the community and its Members. Watch your email inbox for opportunities throughout the year.