Why Join?

Benefits of Membership

Identification

Business members receive a membership plaque to display identifying them as members of Cherokee County’s most active and progressive business organization. New members will also receive recognition through local media, CherokeeChamber.com, and during the first Good Morning Cherokee attended.

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

The Chamber organizes these ceremonies in order to promote new businesses, expanded or remodeled businesses, new business locations and new owners of existing businesses. Photos are featured in local media outlets, The ChamberLink weekly e-newsletter,  the Chamber’s Facebook page and CherokeeChamber.com.

Membership Directory

Your listing in this publication is a vital part of your membership package. It is THE tool for making business referrals. All Chamber member main contacts receive an updated edition annually. Directories are updated on a weekly basis as members join throughout the year.

Expanding Your Knowledge with Labs for Learning

Training Classes for various types and sizes of businesses, pertaining to business growth and development, are offered. Programs vary annually based upon suggestions by the Chamber membership.

Promotional Opportunities

Promote your business or organization’s special offers via the special features option in the Chamber online membership directory or market your events on the online Member Event Calendar.  You may also include promotional materials in gift bags at certain Chamber events and promote your business or organization through door prize donations. If you want to notify the Chamber membership regarding who you are and what services you provide, mailing labels are available for a nominal fee.  On select Fridays, the Chamber Staff wear Chamber member company shirts to help promote the membership.  No cost to participate.  Advance sign-up required..

Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities, which are showcased in an annual Sponsorship Booklet, are available for a variety of Chamber events.

New Business Contacts

Chamber members make professional and personal connections by attending programs designed to maximize business exposure in a variety of formats. Monthly engagement events include: Business After Hours, Power Hour, Meet & Eat, and Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast.

Community Involvement

When you volunteer for Chamber committees, you gain the opportunity to study community needs in-depth and develop creative solutions to the business community’s concerns. Chamber committees offer you a chance to help shape the future of Cherokee County!

Business Referrals

Consumers look to the Chamber to recommend businesses. When they ask, we refer only our members.

Website

As a member, you will be listed in our online membership directory at CherokeeChamber.com. Your listing will include company name, main contact, address, telephone, fax, email, website and can even include a map to your location. Additional enhancements – including graphics, a highlighted listing, and a “pop to the top” feature – can be added for an additional fee.

Discounted Insurance

Chamber member businesses with 2-50 employees are eligible for discounts on a variety of insurance types. Click here for more details.

Drugs Don’t Work

The Drugs Don’t Work program can assist your business in establishing a drug free workplace. Companies meeting the five step criteria are eligible for a 7.5% Worker’s Compensation reduction.

Marketing Discounts

New members can immediately save on local media advertising cost through discounted ad rates totaling over $1,000.

  • Cherokee Tribune – 1/4 page ad (value $567) with purchase of $150 in retail advertising.
  • Family Life Publications – 50% off your first ad with a four month or longer contract.
  • WLJA 101.1 FM – 35% discount on your first ad.

Discounted Constant Contact Marketing Tools

Constant Contact is the leader in Email and Social Media marketing for small businesses. The Chamber uses Constant Contact for online marketing and if you sign up through this link: www.constantcontact.com/chambermembers you can receive up to 25% off of your account! Already paying for your account? No problem, just email your username to ChamberProgram@ConstantContact.com.

Member Engagement Opportunities

  • Good Morning Cherokee
  • Business After Hours
  • Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
  • Cherokee Challenge
  • Power Hour
  • Meet & Eat Networking Lunch
  • Annual Meeting
  • Coffee & Connections…For New Members
  • SchmoozaPalooza
  • Jingle Bell $hop
  • Picnic in the Park Member Appreciation Event
  • Administrative Professionals Appreciation Luncheon
  • Leadership Symposium
  • Emerge! A Professional Development Initiative (New in 2020)
  • Multiple other events as announced!

$hop Cherokee Initiative

It’s all about keeping local dollars local!

Communications

The ChamberLink e-newsletter keeps members posted on upcoming Chamber events and member involvement opportunities. This weekly publication also highlights ribbon cuttings and ground breakings, the Chamber’s online membership directory, and Chamber Programs – just to name a few. Local media also supports the Chamber through promotion of the organization‘s programs and services.

Existing Industry Services

Appreciation is shown annually to local manufacturing and distribution companies through the “Operation Thank You” gift distribution. A comprehensive Industrial Guide is available from the Chamber at a nominal cost. As an educated workforce is a must, connecting industry and education is a priority. Business disaster strategies for industrial areas of the county are vital while business disaster plans for industries are encouraged as well.

Regional Issues Awareness

This effort focuses on issues that affect not only Cherokee County but the entire region.

Additional Benefits

Chamber member companies with 1-10 employees receive a no cost membership in the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Federation. Also, the primary representative from each Chamber member company receives a subscription to GeorgiaTrend magazine.