As a member of Miami County’s leading business organization, your membership makes a statement to your employees and your customers. You and your employees become an integral part of your community by providing valuable input, sharing leadership skills, ideas, and concerns, and by participating in a variety of marketing and networking opportunities. Your membership will enable you to expand your business contacts, strengthen your customer base, and provide higher visibility for your business.
Your Miami County Chamber of Commerce membership is important because....
· Your input is valued!
· Your Chamber promotes your business to others by phone, mail, email and internet!
You get exposure through our monthly newsletter, ribbon cuttings, business breaks and workshops/seminars.
· You make valuable business contacts!
· Your “Member to Member” support is highly encouraged!
· You receive informational assistance from your Chamber!
· You gain exceptional networking opportunities!
· Your voice can be part of local Government interaction!
· Your Governmental Affairs Committee monitors current legislation, local, state issues!
· You receive Membership, Business, and Industrial/Supplier Directories!
· You have the opportunity to link onto our website!
· You and your employees become active members of your community!
Mission Statement: The Miami Co. Chamber of Commerce promotes a strong business and industrial climate for it's members through a partnership between businesses and the community of Miami County.
The key words in the mission statement are members and community. Here are just a few things your Chamber is doing:
Governmental Legislative Issues - As a member, your voice is heard on various local and state issues that can impact your business. The Chamber will keep you up to date on the issues.
Tourists, new businesses and general public -By being a member, you have the opportunity to put brochures and pamphlets at our Chamber office. Chamber member’s info is also given out to help promote your business through relocation and visiting requests and walk-ins.
Retail - Retail businesses can be part of our gift certificate program. Approximately $25,000 in gift certificates are purchased each year. This is money that stays in Miami County and is being spent at our Chamber member’s businesses.
Business referrals - the Chamber receives many calls for business referrals. These referrals are directed first to Chamber members.
Membership Directory - your name and business will be listed in the Chamber Membership Directory which is distributed to newcomers and other Chamber members to use for their needs. The Directory is also on our website with direct link to your business. By being a member, your name will be given out as a referral over a non- member.
Health and Car Insurance - the Chamber gives our members an opportunity to receive health insurance at a discounted rate. Discounted auto insurance is also available if you are a Chamber member.
Third House Sessions are held to give the public an opportunity to voice their opinions and ask questions to our State Senator and House Representative.
Meet the Candidate - Chamber co-sponsors this event to give the public an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates running for offices.
Information Center - The Chamber is the information center for the county. People in the county, as well as tourists, can find information on
about anything. For example: Calendar of Events for Miami County, housing, utilities, churches, festivals, business info, free brochures, maps, telephone books, etc. The Chamber office can also provide you with the contact information to other Chambers in areas that you may be visiting.
Santa House gives our children an opportunity to visit with Santa and have their picture taken with him.
Oktoberfest - is a community family oriented event that provides families an opportunity to come to the Riverwalk and enjoy themselves. Live entertainment, car show, chili cook off and other local involvement.
Bulk Mail Permit - Members can use the Chamber permit on mailing which is a lower rate and will save money. The mailing must be no less than 250 pieces to take advantage of the savings. This program offers our members mass mailing labels for all of Miami County. Labels can be done for all residents of Miami County or you can target your market by income, housing, age, location, etc.
Tourism Department is located in the Chamber offices and provides information on tourist attractions free of charge as well as bringing tourists to our area. Tourists help enhance the local economy as they stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurant and shop in our businesses.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for any Chamber event
Advertising Opportunities -here are a few ways you can advertise your business: Chamber monthly newsletter and radio advertising for new members. Opportunity to use our internet and free link for your business on our website. With the advancement of technology, the internet is becoming a valuable tool for business growth. The Peru Tribune covers all Ribbon Cuttings, Business After Hours and prints the Chamber monthly newsletter. When you join the Chamber, the Tribune has an offer for a free full color 1/4 page ad and a months free paper! For our
longer term members, we have our Business of the Month award with a sign that is displayed in front of the business for a month. The Chamber newsletter is also printed in the Peru Tribune every month.
Networking Opportunities - to enhance your business there are Ambassador programs such as Business Breaks, Business After Hours, Ribbon
Cuttings, along with Chamber events such as the annual golf tournament, Member Appreciation Breakfast, Chamber annual dinner, Administrative Professionals Luncheon, Lunch Make a Deal, Oktoberfest and many other activities throughout the year. These programs give you the opportunity to network with other members to explain what your business does and help make contacts for your sales growth and public awareness. We offer an opportunity to participate in our Lunch and Learn Series by either sponsoring or attending! We are also working with Ivy Tech Community College in Peru along with Linda Guthrie and WOW seminars for women.
Member to Member Discount Cards - they are a discount card for all employees of all members. Take advantage of great savings at participating members. These cards are good for a full year and are renewed each year. There are approximately 40 local merchants involved in this program.
Notary Public Service - This service is available at no charge to Chamber of Commerce members.
Leads Referral - This is a group that is in the forming stages, but we are looking for members to get on board. This group will meet twice a month to have lunch/breakfast and to share business referrals with each other.
Chamber staff involvement in the community - the Chamber staff plays a major role in being a part of the community be being involved in many activities and organizations such as Peru Rotary, Miami County Economic Development Authority, YMCA, Leadership Miami County, Soar, Hoosier Heartland Corridor, Peru Kiwanis, Peru Rotary, United Way, Peru Circus and Habitat for Humanity, Community Services, EGG, Miami County Community Foundation, Main Street and Downtown Revitalization and Downtown Commission to name a few.
Small Business Development Center offers free service to help your existing business or information on how to start a new business. Free counseling with the Small Business Development Center offers existing and new businesses counseling to help their businesses. The Chamber works closely with SBDC in offering various types of seminars throughout the year that will help your business/industry with their various needs at little or no charge. SBDC is in the Chamber monthly and will also set up one on one meetings here in Peru as needed.
Free Consumer Credit Counseling - It is designed to help those that are having problems with their financial situation. Consumer Credit Counseling offers free service on counseling for money management, debt repayment and credit education.
Leadership Miami County - is a 6 month program taking up to 20 business people who live or work in the Miami County area through a course designed to teach leadership skills and community awareness. Class participants are given a behind the scenes look at Peru and Miami County.
Indiana Main Street encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement of the downtown areas of Indiana cities and towns. As the traditional heart and hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction, the downtown business district plays a crucial role in the overall image of a community development that emphasizes the preservation and development of traditional downtown resources. Peru has been a “member” since December 2008.
Notary Public Service - This service is available at no charge to Chamber members.
Business Recognition - Each month a business will be recognized for their years of dedication to the community and a good standing Chamber member. A large life like sign is placed at their place of business along with radio and newspaper recognition.
Ivy Tech Community College - works closely with the Chamber with coordinating seminars and workshops along with further education opportunities.
Women Focused Workshops - SBDC, the Chamber and WOW are working together on preparing workshops for the months of February and March. These programs will enrich, educate and focus on women’s interests.
Gold Sponsors 2013