Top Ten Benefits of Chamber Membership

The Chamber of Commerce offers a wide array of benefits to our members that help to promote, enhance, and serve businesses in Clinton County. Our benefits are as diverse as our members, and we are happy to meet one-on-one with each and every member business and organization to ensure that you receive the most of your membership.

Contact the Chamber team today with questions or for more details regarding any of the below benefits at 937-382-2737 or info@wccchamber.com.

#1: NETWORKING

Robust business-to-business networking through Chamber events, including the monthly Economic Network Alliance, and business-to-consumer connections through our nationally-recognized Local First Clinton County campaign.

ECONOMIC NETWORK ALLIANCE:
The Chamber has partnered with the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission to host a monthly Economic Network Alliance meeting. Each meeting features a speaker that highlights unique programs, organizations, and issues in our community, as well as an opportunity for businesses to meet and connect with each other.

The Network Alliance is typically hosted by the Wilmington Hampton Inn & Suites at 8AM on the first Thursday of each month. Due to COVID-19, all ENA meetings are currently held virtually.

LOCAL FIRST CLINTON COUNTY:
The Chamber’s “Local First Clinton County” campaign directly connects our members to the greater community. We promote our members and their jobs, events, and coupons through weekly emails sent to ~5,000 community members. We also utilize this community network to send and share member information through our Local First CC Facebook page and Instagram account.  The Local First CC campaign also features the annual $25 Days of Christmas promotion.

#2: VISIBILITY

The Chamber website receives ~100,000 views per year, we have ~6,000 followers on social media, and we send member information to ~6,000 local business & consumer emails every week.

Our members are also listed in the annually-printed Chamber directory. Each year, we distribute 10,000 copies to subscribers of the Wilmington News Journal, the Fayette County Record Herald, and the Highland County Times-Gazette, along with Chamber members and new residents and businesses coming to the area.

#3: MARKETING

Each of our members have access to promote their business, events, jobs, and coupons through a self-managed profile on our Chamber website, through our extensive Chamber and Local First email and social media networks, and through Chamber annual promotions including the $25 Days of Christmas.

**CHAMBER FACT: Other online job boards start at $300 a month to post your positions! Our members enjoy UNLIMITED and FREE job postings throughout the year!**

#4: SUPPORT

We provide one-on-one business support, in addition to our Coffee with Colleagues sessions. We also provide information on (and help host) business trainings/education throughout the year.

COFFEE WITH COLLEAGUES:
The Chamber’s “Coffee with Colleagues” will regularly scheduled throughout the year as an open and informal virtual opportunity to receive one-on-one support, brainstorming, and assistance with whatever issue that your business or organization may be facing. The Chamber team is always available to schedule individual support or training sessions with our members at their convenience.

#5: CREDIBILITY

“A national survey of 2,000 adults 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.

The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways:

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.

  • If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.”  (The Schapiro Group, 2012)

#6: MEMBERS- ONLY DISCOUNTS

Our members enjoy exclusive members-only discounts on healthcare, dental care, worker’s compensation, and much more through our partnership with the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance. Members can also offer their own Chamber-only discounts to fellow members!

Scroll down to learn more about our exclusive members-only discounts. 

 

#7: REFERRALS

The Chamber receives thousands of business inquiries every year. We only refer our members!

#8: ADVOCACY

The Chamber advocates for our members in local economic, workforce, and business development. We have strong partnerships with local, regional, and state officials and organizations.

Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you connect with these or other local economic development leaders:

#9: HOSTING & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting or show off your space by hosting an AfterHours event. Get your name out there as an Annual Sponsor, or as a sponsor of our Annual Luncheon or Chamber Clay Shoot.

HOSTING EVENTS: 
The Chamber proudly celebrates our members’ accomplishments through Ribbon Cutting and AfterHours events. We will meet one-on-one with you to help plan the event and get the word out (before, during, and after the event) through our website, email, and social media networks and through our partnership with the Wilmington News Journal. Contact us today to start planning your event!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: 
Annual Chamber sponsorship ensures that your business is front and center in our online and print promotions and at all Chamber events, while highlighting your business’ commitment to the Chamber and community. You can also choose to sponsor our Annual Luncheon (typically in mid-April) or our Chamber Clay Shoot (typically in mid-October) individually.

 

#10: RESOURCES

The Chamber partners with representatives from local, state, and national organizations, such as SCORE and the SBA, to bring free business consulting and resources to our members. Contact the Chamber team to get connected to your free business resources at any time.

 

 

 Member Discounts

Save Money & Grow Your Business

The Chamber offers a variety of exclusive discounts to our members through our partnership with The Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) to help them save money and grow their businesses.

 

Save 20 – 25% on Your Monthly Medical Spend With The SOCA Benefit Plan

The SOCA Benefit Plan is a self-funded solution for small employers and sole proprietors. The SOCA Benefit Plan is a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) that lets eligible businesses join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a large, self-funded pool, they receive financial protection backed by Anthem’s stop loss coverage. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOCA BENEFIT PLAN HERE: https://www.joinsoca.com/soca-benefit-plan/

 

In addition to financial protection, this plan offers:

  • Competitive rates.
  • Fixed, predictable monthly payments.
  • A variety of plan designs.
  • Anthem’s broad Blue Access PPO provider network and Essential Rx drug list.
  • Coverage for claims run-out/terminal liability coverage.
  • Expanded wellness offerings.
  • Exclusive rates and plan options including vision, life, disability and more.

You can find a list of FAQ regarding the SOCA Benefit Plan here: https://www.joinsoca.com/soca-benefit-plan/faqs/

For more information, we recommend contacting our preferred broker, Cincinnati Benefit Solutions, at 513-661-1114 or smarston@inscbs.com.

 

 

SOCA Pooled Employer Plan

A Unique Solution for Small Businesses. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PEP PLAN HERE: https://www.joinsoca.com/benefits/401k-plan-for-small-businesses/

Many small business owners wish they could provide employees with a retirement plan, but are concerned about:

  • Potential Costs
  • Lack of time and expertise
  • Fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities

Thanks to new legislation, small-to-mid-sized employers can now pool together in the same retirement plan, providing affordable benefits similar to some of the largest companies in the country.

Under the SECURE Act, the first significant retirement-related legislation in more than a decade, employers can offer retirement plans to their employees through a Pooled Employer Plan (PEP). A PEP, available January 2021, is a new kind of defined contribution plan similar to the 401(k) plans offered by individual employers, but with many advantages for your business and your employees.

Overview and Advantages of a PEP

In a PEP, employers of all sizes, industries, locations etc. can join together and become a “member employer” through the SOCA Pooled Employer Plan (SOCA PEP). The Newport Group the Pooled Plan Provider (PPP) of the SOCA PEP and is responsible for establishment, management, fiduciary oversight and operations of the plan on behalf of the member employers. In the SOCA PEP, member employers can take advantage of:

  • Cost Efficiencies – Costs are lower because they spread across a larger participant and assest base, thereby reducing the costs for each member of the plan.
  • Fiduciary Risk Mitigation – Fiduciary duties are outsourced to a plan advisor serving as an ERISA 3(38) investment fiduciary.
  • Operational Outsourcing – Newport Group is the Pooled Plan Provider (PPP) and assumes many of the administrative burdens on behalf of the member employers including eligibility, beneficiary tracking and plan disbursements.
  • Increased Focus – Member employers use fewer resources allowing more focus on growing revenues and profits in their business.

To learn more contact Dale Essenmacher Regional Vice President of the Newport Group at (248) 212-3223 or dale.essenmacher@newportgroup.com

 

Worker’s Comp and HFC Safety Council

Chamber members have the opportunity to receive big savings on workers compensation rates by participating in a group rating program provided by one of our third-party providers. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) allows up to a maximum 53% discount for qualifying business participating in a group rating program.

Chamber members have the opportunity to save an additional 4% through participation in the Highland-Fayette-Clinton Safety Council. Chamber members can receive a 2% discount by meeting all HFC Safety Council participation requirements, and an additional 2% in performance bonuses for reducing the frequency and severity of workplace accidents.

If you would like more information or are interested in receiving a BWC group rate quote, contact one of our third party administrators:

For more information about the HFC Safety Council, contact Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dessie Rogers, at info@hfcsafetycouncil.com or (937) 382-2737.


Chamber Energy Program

About Community Energy Advisors

Community Energy Advisors (CEA) is a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) certified energy management firm that educates and empowers organizations to maximize the economics of their energy assets.  By staying one step ahead of changes in the energy industry and utilizing analytics, advanced tariff modeling and reporting, CEA delivers a multitude of energy management solutions that positively impact customers’ bills.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBER ENERGY PROGRAM HERE: https://www.joinsoca.com/benefits/chamber-energy-program/

The Chamber Energy Program, administered by Community Energy Advisors, provides energy supply solutions for our members’ homes, small businesses, and large commercial operations. We strive to provide education, protection, and savings in everything we do.

ELECTRIC & NATURAL GAS PROCUREMENT

Through the Chamber Energy Program, members have a unique opportunity to work with the experts at CEA for all their utility cost management needs. As an objective third party, CEA will shop for and analyze supply options to provide members with:

  • Low fixed prices for electricity & natural gas
  • Favorable contract terms & conditions
  • Contract renewal management to help you avoid costly variable rates
  • Natural gas sales tax exemptions for non-profits, manufacturers, & restaurants

For additional information about Community Energy Advisors:
Contact Rick Davidson at 330-721-8000 or rdavidson@ceateam.com or visit http://ceateam.com

HERE to enroll in the CEA Energy Savings Program

 

 

LegalShield & IDShield

We believe every family and every business deserves affordable legal and identity theft protection. Including you. No matter how traumatic or trivial your situation, and no matter how large or small your business, we are here to help. LEARN MORE ABOUT LEGALSHIELD & IDSHIELD HERE: https://www.joinsoca.com/benefits/legalshield-idshield/

Give Todd Goodwin or Nick Goodwin a call at 855-294-0888 or email Toddg@voluntarymkt.com or Nickg@voluntarymkt.com with questions or schedule an appointment

 

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

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