New Member Information
I just joined the St Marys Area Chamber of Commerce –
As a new chamber member, you are now part of almost 300 other diverse businesses and organizations working in and around St Marys to improve the economic well-being of the area and quality of life for local residents.
The chamber is committed to providing you the best services and opportunities to help you grow your business and strengthen its leverage in the community.
Here’s a list of some things you can do to start maximizing your membership.
Verify your online directory listing
Every member of the Chamber has an online listing at www.stmarysohio.org Your online listing contains basic contact information for your business, and can include a FREE link to your company’s existing Web Site address, if provided. Please go now and check your membership listing information.
If your listing is incorrect, or for assistance, contact Abby at 419-300-4611.
Get Your Login Information and Get Empowered
Each Chamber member is given a Member Login and Password. You can enter additional information including your business hours of operation, a brief description about your business, additional business representatives and you can add key words to help visitors to the St. Marys Area Chamber website find your business easier. For assistance contact Abby.
Get Involved and Grow Your Business through Your Membership
Our members find that the more time they invest in Chamber participation, the greater the benefits of membership to their business. We encourage you to:
- Read your weekly Chambergram and weekly Email Updates so you can stay informed on ways to promote your business and Chamber functions to attend.
- Attend and Network at Ribbon Cuttings, Open Houses, After Hours and other Chamber Events and Functions throughout the year.
- Get signed up for any Committee of interest.
- Take time to read the “No Cost to Low Cost Ways to Market Your Business through Chamber Membership”.
- Schedule a meeting with our Executive Director Abby Balster to discuss your business and your role in the St Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.
Display Your Chamber Pride
As a member, you receive a membership window cling to notify patrons of your membership. According to a post-recession study by the Schapiro Group, consumers are 49% more likely to think favorably of small businesses that are chamber members and 80% more likely purchase goods and services from them.
We encourage your to display your chamber window clings prominently. Additionally, we are happy to provide you with a high-resolution jpeg of the chamber logo for use on your website.
Bring Us Your Marketing Materials
The chamber often receives visitors or phone calls from people searching for information on our members. Additionally, the chamber creates Welcome Bags that are distributed to visitors, new residents, and people considering relocation to the area. We are happy to share your marketing materials with them! Please drop off materials at the chamber office, 301 E Spring St.
Read Chamber Communications
It’s busy managing a business. Our weekly Chambergram e-mail newsletter and occasional additional weekly emails, will help you easily keep up-to-date on chamber, member, business, government, and community news.
Send Us Your News
We’re proud of our members and their accomplishments! Whether you are celebrating your company’s tenth year in business, relocated, or recently hired a new employee, we enjoy sharing your news with the chamber membership. Have news? E-mail us.
Participate in Chamber Events
Our most successful members are those who take the time to regularly attend chamber functions where they have the opportunity to make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships; enhance their skill sets; and learn about topics affecting the business community.
Learn more about upcoming chamber events by visiting our programs and events calendar.
Market Your Business
Your chamber membership allows you to market your business, its products, and its services, to other members and the community at-large – affordably! Take advantage of sponsorship and co-op advertising on radio and advertising.
Become part of our Chamber Card – Buy Local program for only $50 a year or advertise in the newsletter or on our website. We have advertising options to suit all businesses and budgets. The return? Improved, top-of-mind brand recognition and new customers. Contact us today to learn more