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 hosted by the Wilmington Hampton Inn & Suites at 8AM on the first Thursday of each month.

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 ~4,000 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. In 2017, we distributed 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 regular 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” is regularly scheduled throughout the year as an open and informal time to stop by the Chamber office 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. 

Download an overview of our Chamber Member benefits here.

#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 (in mid-April) or our Chamber Clay Shoot (in mid-October) individually.

Learn more about our Annual Sponsorship Levels: (Coming Soon!)

#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.

Download an overview of our Chamber Member benefits here.

Health Care Options 

SOCA Benefit Plan (2 – 50 Employees)

The Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance has joined forces with the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce, the Central Ohio Chambers of Commerce, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber to form a self-funded medical benefit plan aimed at small employers with 2 to 50 employees.

The SOCA Benefit Plan (hereafter, the Plan) is a multiple employer welfare arrangement. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield provides claims administration and stop loss protection. Participating employers are required to maintain membership with a Chamber of Commerce that is authorized to offer the Plan.

More on the SOCA Benefit Plan

SOCA Superior Dental Plans

Superior Dental Care is proud to offer exclusive dental plans to members of the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA), including Sole Proprietors.

Superior Networks
Superior Dental Care’s highest priority is providing you with quality, and quality includes options. With over 6,000 provider locations in our Preferred Plan Network, you are guaranteed one of the broadest selections of dentists and specialists in the industry.

While you have the option to receive coverage out-of-network, ensuring maximum flexibility, we encourage our members to take advantage of the higher level of benefits available and protection from balance billing when they choose to remain in-network.

Superior Features
Not only do we offer the most competitive and effective dental plans, we also include several value-added benefits with each and every plan at no additional cost to our members.

SMILERIDER
Partnering with a subset of our participating dentists, we created a cosmetic rider program called SmileRider. This means that members can take advantage of a 15% discount on elective cosmetic services, such as teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, and porcelain facings. Just look for participating SmileRider dentists in our network directories or online at WWW.SUPERIORDENTAL.COM.

More about the SOCA Superior Dental Plans.

EyeMed Vision Care Access Plan D (Available through Superior Dental Care)

Superior value doesn’t stop with your smile. Also offered to each member at no additional cost is a discount vision plan providing reduced fees for exams, frames, lenses and contact lenses and LASIK surgery. EyeMed Access Plan D includes one of the largest provider networks in the industry with unlimited frequency on the services used.

More about the EyeMed Vision Care plan.

Workers Compensation Group Rating Program & 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.

Trak-1 Employment Screening

SOCA has partnered with Trak-1 to offer chamber members discounts on employment background screening. In an uncertain world, Trak-1 provides security by enabling organizations of all sizes to accurately and responsibly assess human risk and improve decision making.

Clients rely on Trak-1’s unsurpassed data quality and return time, leading edge technologies, deep industry experience, true commitment to compliance, and respect and dedication to both them and their applicants. In short, clients experience increased profits, reduced risk and improved efficiency through Trak-1 solutions and products. Your solution is here…with at least a 12% discount for your business!

For more information, please contact Dave Klotz at 800-780-6407 or dave.klotz@trak-1.com.

More on Trak-1’s background screening discounts.

Credit Card Processing from Infintech

Infintech LLC is the preferred payment processor of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce. Join the purchasing power of thousands of other business owners across the state of Ohio.

  • Proven Savings-Lower your business expenses by leveraging the buying power of the entire membership
  • Exclusive, Pre-negotiated Credit Card Processing Rates
  • Transparent Pricing
  • No Long-term Contracts
  • Bank Neutrality
  • Local Service and Support
  • Discounted Pricing on Equipment

For more information, please contact Infintech at 513-395-9495.

More on the Chamber group discount from Infintech or watch an informational video here

Bannockburn Global Forex LLC

Bannockburn Global Forex, LLC is a boutique capital markets firm focused on providing foreign exchange payments, hedging products, and tailored consulting services to companies doing business internationally. Bannockburn specializes in providing significant cost savings through better rates of exchange, secure transactions, and customized client service.

DO YOU…

  • Have overseas vendors customers, subsidiaries, or employees?
  • Need to make currency payments or convert foreign receivables into US Dollars?
  • Have exposure to fluctuating exchange rates?
  • Know how much your bank is charging for their forex services?
  • Know if you are getting the best available exchange rate on the days you transact?

Let Bannockburn be the Industry Experts on Your Team to Help Your Company Succeed Internationally. Contact John Schuermann at 513-745-9866 or 937-238-1686 for more information.

More on Bannockburn’s foreign exchange cost savings.

Savings on Electricity with IGS Energy

The Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber has partnered with IGS Energy to offer members customized rates on electricity for their businesses. With more than 25 years of experience serving commercial and industrial customers, IGS Energy offers personalized service and product options to fit your needs.

Contact your dedicated representative, Reggie Franklin, with a copy of your utility bill for a customized cost comparison: Reggie Franklin | rfranklin@igsenergy.com | 937-972-0382

More on IGS Energy Savings here.

Shred-it Document Destruction

Shred-it Document Destruction is the worldwide leader in document security, providing document shredding and product destruction services. As a local NAID certified supplier, members can rest assured that confidential records will be destroyed in a professional, timely and secure manner.

Contact Jean Cantrell, Sales Executive, at 937-212-2109 or jean.cantrell@stericycle.com for a free quote today.  Ask about special pricing for SOCA members UP TO 30% off!