Membership

Why Should I Join The Chamber?

 

The benefits of being a Chamber member include opportunities to help you gain information, meet potential clients, meet industry professionals, and give back to Jefferson County.

Here are five examples of how your company can DIRECTLY benefit from a Chamber membership.  Click the bold links to find out more!

ENHANCE your exposure through listings in a print and online business directory, plus sponsorship and enhanced marketing opportunities.

CONNECT with the community through networking events and business referrals.  Meet reputable businesses and individuals in every sector of the business community as well as potential clients.

CONTRIBUTE to Jefferson County through participation in various Chamber community events and programs.

EXPAND your organization through business recruitment and retention programs, workforce development programs, and commercial real estate database.

ENJOY the opportunity to explore Jefferson County during all the exciting events throughout the year.

These are only a few of the ways to get the most from you chamber membership! 

For more information on becoming a Chamber Member, contact Derrick Collins, Community Development & Membership Coordinator, at dcollins@jeffersoncountytennessee.com or call 865.397.9642.

What Does Your Membership Say To Your Customers

A recent study by the Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, surveyed nearly 2,000 consumers nationally revealed that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy as nearly two-thirds of consumers surveyed believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in their community.

It’s no surprise that the Chamber’s message aligns with these attributes— to offer a voice to our business community and enhance the quality of life in our county.

The study further added that consumer perception of chamber members are generally positive in many ways:

  • When consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber chapter, they are 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
  • Most consumers (59%) believe that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall.
  • Being a chamber of commerce member is 29% more effective in communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices.
  • Consumers show a 51% increase in awareness of a small business if it’s a chamber of commerce member.

Small businesses are the largest segment of our membership at the Chamber. The study indicates that chamber membership has very consistent and powerful benefits for small business members— if the consumer knows that the business is affiliated with the local chamber. We have several ways that you can let consumers know that you are a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Do consumers really support businesses because they are chamber members? Put that membership decal in your window and find out!

Membership in the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has been an asset to our business. The chamber staff has provided us with support and encouragement. Participating in Chamber events has given us opportunities to network with other area business people. Participating in events such as The Jefferson County Sampler has given us a venue to introduce our products to the public. All of these things have led to increased sales for our shop. The Chocolate Ladies are proud to say we are members of The Jefferson County Chamber, and encourage other small businesses to become Chamber members.

-Rita Key - The Chocolate Ladies

Top 10 Reasons to Join
  1. The networking and new business contacts gained will help your business grow.
  2. You are making a statement that you are committed to the future of Jefferson    County.
  3. You are able to participate in the decisions that will affect your community’s future.
  4. Promotion of your business with our assistance with grand openings, ribbon   cuttings, business referrals, Business-After-Hours, mailing lists, brochure displays in the   Chamber office and exclusive event sponsorships, recognition and publicity.
  5. Learning opportunities, business topic luncheons and seminars to help you and your employees be better informed.
  6. You are supporting a better quality of life for all citizens of Jefferson County by helping to   retain existing jobs and attracting new jobs.
  7. Chamber member only referrals that increase your bottom line.
  8. Publicity, name recognition and networking opportunities so customers know who you are.
  9. Be the first to know, concerning the local economy, community events and industry and business development.
  10. You are maintaining a strong local economy.
Direct Benefits to Your Business

Membership in the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce provides benefits that will help you establish and grow your business. The objective is to provide exemplary service while supporting and assisting our members in achieving their business goals.

Business Referrals

  • Exclusive referrals of chamber members to thousands of locals and visitors each year
  • Promotion of chamber members through Member-to-Member campaign
  • Exposure from over 70,000 page views of our chamber website annually

Exposure / Advertising

  • Accessibility to and exposure in a searchable online membership directory
  • Hundreds of information packets sent to visitors and newcomers each year
  • Available marketing space to display your brochure at the chamber office
  • Opportunities to advertise on chamber website and other publications
  • Visibility through multi-media marketing initiatives…outdoor billboards, radio spots, print ads, etc.

Assistance to Businesses – Both Large & Small

  • Connections with other chamber member businesses
  • Contacts with agencies assisting businesses looking to get established, expand or improve.
  • Opportunity to attend educational & informative seminars on topics of interest.

Networking Opportunities

  • Regular member events such as membership breakfast and business-after-hours highlighting host businesses & providing valuable networking opportunities with other members, local government officials and potential clients.
  • Annual events including the Annual Banquet, Chamber Golf Classic & Jefferson County Sampler. 

Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings

  • Exposure through local media outlets represented at each event.
  • Support from local elected officials and Chamber board members in attendance.
  • Mass communication to our 300+ members through email newsletter, Chamber Connect, website postings and other chamber publications.

Chamber Committee Membership

  • Participation on chamber committees regarding various events & procedures.
  • Influence of numerous chamber decisions affecting members through committee participation.

Economic Development

  • Recruitment of new businesses to the area which in turns means additional residents, tax revenues, products, services, etc. – all equaling greater benefits for existing industry.
  • Website highlighting available properties, existing business resources, county business information, etc.
  • Aggressive marketing campaign increasing tourism dollars spent at local establishments.
Free Services

As a valued member, we are excited to provide the following FREE services...

Online & Printed Directory

Search by keyword, alphabetical or categorical for all Jefferson County Chamber members online at http://web.jeffersoncountytennessee.com/search or request a printed directory by mail or email.

FREE Membership Mailing Labels

Members are allowed one (1) set of member mailing labels each year of membership.

Events & News

Visit the Chamber’s Events Calendar for Chamber and community hosted events. Members are welcome to send their events and news for posting on a variety of media platforms such as the Chamber website, social media, Chamber Newsletter and Chamber Connect.

FREE Advertising in the Chamber Scoop Newsletter and Chamber Connect

The Chamber offers two (2) standing monthly publications that are sent to the membership— the Chamber Newsletter and Chamber Connect. Advertising in these publication’s is absolutely FREE for Chamber members.

Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber will be happy to host a ribbon cutting at your office/place of business and invite the Chamber Board of Directors, Chamber members, city and county officials and the local media. You are welcome to provide refreshments to those in attendance (estimated 15—20). To schedule a ribbon cutting, contact the Chamber office

***Seven (7) day notice required.

Chamber Connect

Having an event or have some great news to share? We would love to know and share it too! Please send the event notice or flyer in .pdf, .jpeg or .png format and we will include it in this monthly publication free of charge.

Brochures/Rack Cards

Provide us with 50 brochures or rack cards to be displayed in the Chamber lobby.

How to Join

JOIN US!!!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Congratulations! Joining the Chamber is easy and one of the best decisions a business can make. Becoming a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is a sound investment for any business that is looking to grow within their industry and increase exposure to their customer base.

Please complete the application below and return to the Chamber office at your earliest convenience. 

Applications for membership should be in writing, on forms provided by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and signed by the applicant. The membership committee shall review all applications and submit them under recommendation for approval to the Board of Directors. Election of members shall be by the Board of Directors at any meeting thereof.

Provisional membership status will be extended to each applicant upon recommendation of approval by the membership committee pending ratificatioin by the Board of Directors at the next scheduled meeting.

Any applicant so elected will become a member upon payment of the regularly scheduled dues.

Chamber membership runs for a full calendar year from the 1st day of the joining month and will be effective for 12-months from said date.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
Membership Services
P.O. Box 890
Dandridge, TN 37725

 

Visit our office located at Exit 417 off I-40 and Highway 92, or on the web at www.jeffersoncountytennessee.com.

Questions? Please contact Derrick Collins, Community Development & Membership Coordinator at dcollins@jeffersoncountytennessee.com or call 865.397.9642 any time we may be of service to you.

We look forward to hearing from you and are excited about our partnership with your company!