FAQ'S

  1. If my company is a Chamber member, does that mean I’m a member too?
  2. What does the Chamber’s Board of Directors do? How can I get on the Board?
  3. Are Chamber Members mostly large, well-established businesses?
  4. How can the Chamber help me save money?
  5. How can I use the Chamber to promote my business?
  6. What is the best way to use the Chamber to build my business network?
  7. How can I help shape Chamber activities and programs?
  8. How do I use the Chamber for business leads and referrals?
  9. How can I help shape and support the Chamber’s policy positions and agenda?
  10. How can I stay informed on legislative and community issues that affect my business?
  11. How can I stay informed on what’s happening at the Chamber?
  12. Does the Chamber have publications that can be used to promote my business?


If my company is a Chamber member, does that mean I’m a member too?

When a company becomes a Chamber member, all employees of that company’s local branch/offices are considered Chamber members and have full access to our programs and benefits.

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What does the Chamber’s Board of Directors do? How can I get on the Board?

The Board of Directors is a valuable asset. Our Directors bring with them a sophisticated level of experience and expertise. They set the strategic direction of the Chamber and oversee the finances of the organization. The Board serves as a sounding board for ideas and policies, and reflects the thinking of a broad spectrum of businesses in Belmont.

A Board committee first nominates new board members. The slate is taken to the full membership for a vote, and a recommendation is then made to the full Board for final approval. The Board’s Executive Committee actively seeks out people who are successful in their businesses, represent the diversity of Belmont, have demonstrated leadership skills and have an interest in helping to guide the Chamber for a minimum of three years.

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Are Chamber Members mostly large, well-established businesses?

The Belmont Chamber of Commerce has a membership of soon to be 150 companies, representing Belmont businesses of all sizes, from large firms to growing mid-size companies and micro-businesses. Many people are surprised to learn that more than 80 percent of our member companies have fewer than 25 employees. Many of our members are sole practitioners operating from their homes.

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How can the Chamber help me save money?

Through professional partnerships, the Chamber is able to offer members several bottom-line benefits. Our various committees will help you with access to our value-added benefits.

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How can I use the Chamber to promote my business?

The Chamber offers comprehensive marketing-benefit packages through its publications, website, programs, and special events that can help your company achieve multiple objectives. These include increasing your visibility and exposure within the Chamber membership and the Peninsula business community, standing out from your competition through exclusive sponsorship opportunities, using promotions and merchandising opportunities, entertaining valued clients at prestigious events, and driving sales.

Through the Chamber, you’ll reach Belmont businesses of all sizes and from every industry group. Depending on your company’s target audience, you can choose those events, programs, and publications that reach identified segments, such as small businesses, mid-market firms, international companies, and large corporations. Through our well-established partnerships with the leading business media and other professional organizations, our programs are widely promoted to increase your reach.

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What is the best way to use the Chamber to build my business network?

The best way to build your business network is to develop relationships with other Chamber members. All Chamber programs are designed to give you an opportunity to make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. The more events you attend and the more actively you participate, the faster and deeper your network will grow.

We produce a number of events that are specifically designed for networking, such as our monthly Networking Grand Opening events. Another way to build your network is through volunteering for the Chamber by joining a committee, or even chairing a committee. This is an opportunity to increase your visibility and demonstrate your professionalism and expertise to a wide audience.

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How can I help shape Chamber activities and programs?

The Chamber has planning committees that help create the content of our programs and events. You can contribute as a member of the committees or, depending on your level of expertise and experience, as a committee chair. For more information on how to join a committee, contact the Chamber.

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How do I use the Chamber for business leads and referrals?

As you attend Chamber events and programs and expand your network, you will have access to people who are in a position to provide you with business leads. As you get to know them and they gain trust in your professionalism, your fellow Chamber members can become an important source of referrals for your business. The Chamber is constantly evaluating the newest Internet based leads and referral companies.

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How can I help shape and support the Chamber’s policy positions and agenda?

The Chamber’s position on any given state or local ballot initiative is determined via a multi-step process that starts with the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee. Only Chamber members may participate in the advisory vote that is passed on to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

The Chamber’s public-policy agenda is shaped by input from many sources, and the Chamber always encourages input from its members.

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How can I stay informed on legislative and community issues that affect my business?

The Chamber provides several communication vehicles to keep members in the know. Information about our programs, our involvement with various community forums and our presence at City Hall is regularly disseminated by the Chamber’s quarterly newsletter, monthly and Weekly Chamber Update emails.

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How can I stay informed on what’s happening at the Chamber?

The Chamber has a variety of communication tools designed to keep members informed about what’s going on in and around the Chamber and the business community. All members receive a copy of the quarterly newsletter. Also, it is placed strategically throughout the community. Additionally, the Chamber’s website will tell you everything you want to know about the Chamber events.

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Does the Chamber have publications that can be used to promote my business?

The Chamber publishes the Belmont Business Directory, which includes a roster of business Chamber members, links to their website and useful community and relocation information. The Directory is full of service listings for lodging, dining, recreation, shopping, and event planning information. Plus, the directory will include a street map of Belmont, the only comprehensive street map for Belmont.

The Chamber’s website uses the latest in SEO technology to keep it in the forefront within in the business community. As a member, you can advertise inexpensively using various packages including being one of the four revolving ads on the Home page. In addition, the Chamber utilizes the internet to publish advertisements in its E-Blasts that are released monthly, weekly, and as needed for special announcements.

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