January 2022 Membership Report
What does it mean to be a member of the Pierre Area Chamber, and what are the benefits to your business? Contrary to what some people believe, the Chamber of Commerce is not a government entity; nor are they some super, secret business fraternity, nor a country club for business people. A Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that advocates on behalf of local businesses. We are backed by a board that is comprised of business-people from the local community. The Chamber is a resource, advocate, and connector for business. We promote prosperity, growth, and our way of life in the lower Oahe region.
Search Engine Optimization is the main reason why every small business in Pierre/Ft. Pierre should be a Chamber member. Chambers of Commerce are strongly trusted entities by Google and other search engines. When your business is added to our website the high-quality connection signals to search engines that you are a well trusted source, placing you higher on the generated list of websites given. This is your search engine optimization (SEO). Being listed on the Chamber’s website gives a business, with or without their own website, an online presence. Patrons can’t buy products or services from you if they don’t know you offer them, or even exist.
When you join the Chamber of Commerce you also build your business locally. Networking facilitates in developing new relationships and nurturing your existing partnerships. Membership gives you online and local visibility, networking opportunities, referrals, events, and programs. Business connections can help you meet your neighbors and explore new ideas. The Chamber refers its members to people seeking specific product and service recommendations on a daily basis.
In 2019, we started offering sponsorship in an A La Carte format; a menu to almost all sponsorship opportunities the Chamber offers. As you will see by this year’s A La Carte options below, there are many sponsorship opportunities to fit your specific business and target market. Notice we have added a new fall golf tournament at Dune’s, Golfapalooza, in addition to the Chamber’s usual spring Golf Classic at Hillsview. If you would like to discuss sponsorship, or a specific event, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you would like to increase your businesses top of mind awareness within the community, call me today and let’s visit about what would work for you and your budget. Don’t forget, we are now able to accept monthly payments, quarterly payments or annual payments.