The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce offers its partners a variety of ways to promote their business, products and services. The resources we provide help you decide what is best for your company and what works best for your sales and marketing strategy. The Chamber encourages you to be proactive in promoting your business and we look forward to doing what we can to help support your efforts. Below are a few ways to help make your company visible and accessible.
The Grand Island Chamber will provide its membership with a robust website that is meant to attract both internal and external web traffic. All Chamber partners are listed in our online business directory, which can be browsed by company or contact name, business category, or a search bar. The listing includes the company name, logo, description, contact information, and links to the business website and e-mail.
The Chamber office receives dozens of calls daily from potential customers seeking a particular type of business. The Chamber staff refers only Chamber partners. An e-mail will be sent making partners aware of the referral. Chamber staff will provide you with contact information to follow up with the potential customer, if the information has been given.
The Grand Island Chamber offers partners direct access to the Chamber electronic mailing list to advertise special events, promotions, or services. The Chamber Blast reaches an audience of nearly 2,000 individuals and is a quick and credible way to share your news.
Sales drive company success and growing your customer base is an important component of sales. Networking is a great way to build your customer base and increase sales. The Chamber of Commerce encourages business owners, sales representatives and other key staff to make time to network. Although it is often easy to become overwhelmed with the day-to-day tasks of running the business, don’t wait for sales to suffer to be reminded of the importance of connecting with potential customers. Here are some tips to maximize networking effectiveness:
- Attend one networking event per week
- Use Networking events to build relationships
- Focus on qualifying your networking contacts by identifying people
a. To collaborate with;
b. Who can refer business to you, and;
c. Who can buy from your business
- Prepare for the networking event and think about what you want to convey to those you meet!
Business After Hours (BAH) – BAH functions amp up your business by bringing prospective clients and customers through your door. This provides your business the opportunity to educate attendees on goods and services available.
Ribbon Cuttings – A ribbon cutting ceremony offers a special opportunity to introduce yourself and your products and services to your neighbors and the local community. Ribbon cuttings are not limited to new businesses, but are also available to showcase changes in ownership, management, or location.
In addition to the services available to help promote your business, the Chamber also provides Learning Seminars and Educational Workshops to help your business reach its potential.
The Chamber hosts six Learning Seminars per year. These seminars cover “soft skills” for Chamber business’ employees. These seminars offer presentations on topics such as leadership, communication, teamwork, self-branding, and software updates.
Educational workshops are provided, free of charge, to Chamber partners as a benefit of their membership. Offered twice a year, these workshops deliver the information your business needs to succeed, such as maximizing human capital or providing customer service beyond expectations.
These services are available for purchase online for Chamber partners only. If you would like to use one of the services and are not a Chamber partner, please visit the Join Us section of the website for information on how to become a partner.