BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
What the Chamber Does
The Government Affairs Committee advocates on behalf of your legislative interests to help create an environment that contributes to your growth and success and economic development in our community. We work with local, state and federal governments to protect and promote your business interests.
The Chamber regularly receives requests for listings of businesses or for businesses that address a specific need. We only refer our members and we use multiple methods to respond including: on demand listings, our member directory - on line and in print, social media, and public inquiries.
Members have exclusive opportunities to promote their business through sponsorships, advertising and free publication of your news briefs in our Chamber Newsletter.
The Chamber’s weekly and monthly newsletters highlight Legislative, Chamber, and Member news to keep you up-to-date on valuable information for business and regional issues as well as Chamber and community activities. This information can also be found online at www.dorchesterchamber.org.
Our staff is available to consult with you regarding most business related issues and to provide you with information on various local, state and federal resources available to assist in resolving your issue. We can also refer you to one or more of our members to provide you with comprehensive and up-to-date business resources and assistance.
We host multiple events including our Annual Meeting and Dinner, Celebrate Dorchester, Golf Tournament, and various mixers, ribbon cuttings and grand openings throughout the year.
Direct Member Benefits
Business and Member Resource Directory
A handsome publication distributed to all members as well as residents, visitors and businesses. This publication offers members great exposure for those seeking to learn more about the community.
Gain internet exposure through a listing on the Chamber website. Links to member websites and email addresses are automatic with an interactive map which is provided. Banner and classified ad opportunities are available on the website. Email blasts are available to promote member activities for a nominal fee. Promotional opportunities are also available on the weekly e-news broadcast.
Flyers in the Chamber Newsletter 4 times a year for free. Display ads and sponsorship features in the newsletter offer a great way to tell a story.
Weekly E-News Emails
Listing calendar of events, links to Sponsors, and links to members in the news.
Each day the Chamber RESPONDS, ANSWERS, REPRESENTS and REFERENCES members to those seeking information about the community and its services. We only refer to members.
Dorchester County Map
Every two years, the Chamber updates the map highlighting County businesses, services and attractions and distributes copies to visitors, tourists, new residents and local citizens.
Member to Member Discount Programs
As a member you get to take advantage of programs offered by other members or create your own program to work with other Chamber members.
Ribbon cutting ceremony
Includes coverage through local media
- 3 Local Newspapers
- Chamber Connection
- Chamber Website
- Elected officials are invited to attend
Business after hours
Showcase your business and network with colleagues in a relaxed social setting.
Business Breakfast and Lunch Presentations
Professional development breakfasts and lunches provide timely updates on business topics of general interest.
Seminars, brown bag luncheons, and informational sessions are some of the methods used by the Dorchester Chamber to update members on topics of interest.
Electric Buying Cooperative
Through a cooperative agreement member businesses have realized a 12-15% reduction in their electric rates. For commercial accounts members are able to lock in a lower rate for up to a three-year period. Members are able to offer their employees and associates a similar savings on their residential accounts at no additional charge.
Members may mail under the Chamber’s bulk mailing permit with lower rates while saving the annual fee.
Members are able to use the Chamber’s Board Room for meetings free of charge.
SCORE representatives provide assistance in business planning, advertising/marketing, receivable management and more on a confidential basis and without charge.
Annual Networking Events
Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner
Each year this is one of the communities must attend events. During the passing of the gavel key chamber accomplishments and initiatives are presented along with a noted keynote speaker presenting on a topic of current importance.
A time to network and recognize all the County has to offer.
Business promotion, networking and a day of relaxation at one of the area’s top golf courses.