“The Albany Chamber of Commerce provides my business with a multitude of opportunities. Over the years we have established meaningful friendships, created a referral base for new clients, participated in community events and forums, and been afforded the chance to give back and volunteer in the community. Our chamber staff is proactive, keeps us informed, and pushes us to “get out there.” My team and my business are better for it and appreciative of these efforts.”
— Steve Perrine, Agent
State Farm Insurance Companies
Why Join Albany Area Chamber of Commerce?
A national survey reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
- GROW your business through networking and referrals
- ENSURE your business success and the community’s progress
- INCREASE your exposure in the community.
Benefits of Becoming a Member
Business Web Page – Receive internet visibility through your own web page which includes company contact information, business description, mapping feature, secure e-mail, direct link to your website and Facebook page, optional discount to customers.
Business Leads – Generate business leads at close to twenty (20) face-to-face events annually.
Member Announcements – Receive visibility by posting your business news and information online through our Member Announcements page, which is also published in our weekly e-newsletter to more than 2,000 readers.
E-Newsletter – Receive a weekly e-newsletter updating you on Chamber news and business issues; giving members a competitive edge.
Ribbon Cuttings/Groundbreakings – Receive published coverage in our Business magazine, e-newsletter and assistance from Chamber Ambassadors and staff.
Chamber Decal – Receive a chamber decal for referrals, recognition of membership, and to show your support of our community.
Business Magazine – Receive the bi-monthly Chamber Business magazine and monthly Georgia Trend magazine. Receive an annual business listing in the Chamber’s Business magazine.
Display Your Business Information – Display business cards, marketing materials, etc. in the Chamber lobby.
Advocacy – The Chamber is your “Voice of Business”, aggressively lobbying on behalf of the interests and needs of our member businesses at local, state, and federal levels.
Chamber Referrals – The Chamber only refers our members to inquiries.
Business Insurance – Receive a 10%-12% discount on any BUSINESS policy with Auto Owners Insurance Company. (includes liability, worker’s compensation, vehicle, etc.)
Workers Compensation Insurance – Receive a 7.5% discount on Workers Compensation Insurance through Georgia’s “Drugs Don’t Work” program.
Savings On Office Supplies – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with the Georgia Chamber to provide our members discounts on office supplies through the Staples Advantage Program.
Credit/Debit Card Processing Savings – Receive savings of 25% or more on monthly credit/debit card processing services, credit card rates starting at 1.24%, debit card rates at .89%, new, fully warranted equipment at no charge, free supplies, no termination fee or annual fee. (Initial one-time $49 equipment installation fee.)
Meeting Space – Enjoy use of the Chamber’s meeting space weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tax Savings – Membership premiums may be deducted from federal and state income tax as a “necessary business expense.” (check with your tax professional for details)
Receive discounted media advertising rates
- Television – Mediacom, WALB, WFXL, WSWG
- Radio – Clear Channel, Cumulus
- Printed Publications – Albany Herald
E-Newsletter – Receive a weekly e-newsletter updating you on Chamber news and business issues
Business Magazines – Receive the bi-monthly Chamber Business magazine and monthly Georgia Trend magazine