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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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!**
We provide one-on-one business support, in addition to our Coffee with Colleagues sessions (coming soon in 2021!). 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.
“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!
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The Chamber receives thousands of business inquiries every year. We only refer our members!
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:
- Clinton County Port Authority – Dan Evers, Executive Director
- Clinton County Regional Planning Commission – Taylor Stuckert, Executive Director
- Clinton County Economic Development – Jennifer Ekey, Economic Development Director
- Clinton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau — Susan Valentine-Scott, Executive Director
- Main Street Wilmington — Darcy Reynolds, Director
- City of Wilmington — Marian Miller, City Administrator
#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.
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!
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.
View our 2020 Annual Sponsors here: https://wccchamber.com/2020-chamber-annual-sponsors/
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.
SOCA Benefit Plan
The SOCA Benefit 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. Distribution of the Plan is limited to Anthem appointed brokers who have completed product-specific training. The Plan is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by participating employers.
The Plan is offered by more than 280 local Chambers of Commerce in Ohio and through a distribution network of approximately 500 insurance professionals. As of December 1, 2019, more than 3,500 private, public, and non-profit employers are enrolled in the Plan.
To learn more about the SOCA Benefit Plan, feel free to click on the links below to download various fliers and brochures. If you would like someone to contact you for a quote, please fill out the contact form at www.844MedOhio.com or leave us a message at our toll-free number 1-844-Med-Ohio (1-844-633-6446).
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· Care Management program participation.
By connecting the dots between an employee’s claims or care management programs and their medical history, health professionals can identify possible gaps in care. Dentists can view online care gap alerts about patients and provide education on the dental health complications of certain prescriptions or recommend additional preventive dental care such as fluoride or sealants.
We are here to support your employees’ overall health. To learn more about Dental Patient Health History, contact your broker or Anthem representative or visit anthem.com/specialty.
SOCA Pooled Employer Plan (**New for 2021**)
A Unique Solution 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 email@example.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:
- Hunter Consulting Company: Contact Jeff Price — (513) 372-8718, (800) 486-6652 ext. 118 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sedgwick: Contact Julia Bowling — 513-218-4062 | email@example.com
For more information about the HFC Safety Council, contact Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dessie Rogers, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Why Offer the CHAMBER ENERGY PROGRAM to your members?
Through the Chamber Energy Program, members have a unique opportunity to work with the experts at CEA for all their utility cost management needs.
- SOCA’s Preferred energy program
- Local experts with national expertise
- Drive new and renewal membership
- Save current members money
- Create a new revenue stream for your chamber by receiving monthly re-occurring commission payments
- Chamber members get the peace of mind that comes with the program cornerstones: Education, Savings, and Protection
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.
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:
Trak-1 Employment 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! That’s even better!
Your Business Can Use Trak-1 to:
- Establish an accredited and compliant way to screen potential or current employees.
- Verify education and employment history.
- Increase workplace safety and minimize loss.
- Assess credit history to avoid financial improprieties.
- Check driving records and access criminal records.
- Conduct other types of screening including residential and volunteer
Benefits to Your Business:
- Clean, easy to read online PDF reports for better informed decisions.
- Fast turn-around times…with many results instantly.
- Adverse action letters built right into the system…how are you handling this process?
- Local, LIVE customer support.
- User friendly web-based system available 24/7.
- No monthly minimums, no monthly support fees.
Learn More. CALL TODAY! Dave Klotz at Trak-1- 800-780-6407 or email@example.com.
Prescription Savings Card
The Savings Card Program is a FREE pharmacy discount card which is quite unique as it can benefit everyone including those who have an insurance prescription plan. If you have a generic copay of $10 or higher, The ApproRx discounted price will be less than your copay 70% of the time. To learn more contact Kyle Fields 1-866-900-3711.