Benefits

“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 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 80 percent 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

Visibility

Business Web Page – Receive Internet visibility through your own web page, which includes company contact information, business description, mapping feature, secure email, direct link to your website and Facebook page, optional discount to customers.

Business Leads – Generate business leads at close to 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.


Savings

Business Insurance – Receive a 10 percent – 12 percent discount on any BUSINESS policy with Auto Owners Insurance Company (includes liability, worker’s compensation, vehicle, etc.).

Workers Compensation Insurance – Receive a 7.5 percent discount on Workers Compensation Insurance through Georgia’s “Drugs Don’t Work” program.

Savings On Office Supplies – The Albany Area Chamber in collaboration with the Georgia Chamber offers a program to reduce costs for members through the Staples Advantage Program.

Members save an average of 15 percent – 30 percent off Staples’ already low prices
Best Buy list of 2,000 most frequently purchased items
Free next day delivery for orders more than $50
More than office supplies – a fully integrated solution with discounts on furniture, technology, promo, facilities and breakroom
Print solutions: $0.02 black/white, $0.23 color copies, 50 percent off finishing services
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Our partnership with the National Chamber brings additional cost savings for you, our members through the Office Depot Discount Program. Save on what you need to do business, while supporting your chamber.

Members save up to 55% on 500+ items that chamber members purchase most often, including special discounts on ink and toner.
Free next day delivery on orders over $50, with the ability to shop instore or online.
Members get deep discounts on Copy & Print services. 2.5₵ black & white, 22₵ color copies and 40 percent off finishing services every day!
Sign up online to start saving! There is no cost to join.

Credit/Debit Card Processing Savings – Receive savings of 25 percent or more on monthly credit/debit card processing services, credit card rates starting at 1.24 percent, debit card rates at .89 percent, 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 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

Information

E-Newsletter – Receive a e-newsletter updating you on Chamber news, business issues and upcoming events.

Business Magazines – Receive the bi-monthly Chamber Business magazine and monthly Georgia Trend magazine.