Why should I join the Galveston Chamber of Commerce?
When you join the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, you are joining more than 850 other businesses to create a voice for the business community that carries weight. If you surveyed a sample of our membership about why they joined the chamber, rest assured you will receive a multitude of answers. Some businesses find their biggest return on investment from our networking events, others from our marketing opportunities. However, we are confident you will find that all of our members benefit from the advocacy efforts of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. No other organization is dedicated to monitoring legislation that could impact your ability to do business in Galveston like the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. We fiercely defend the interests of the Galveston business community, so that you can be concerned with what you do best: running your business.
Schedule a meeting today by contacting Erin Kay, our Director of Marketing, PR & Membership Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409) 763-5326 to find out more about how we can help your business and how you can become part of THE voice for business in Galveston.
How much does it cost to be a member of the Galveston Chamber?
The Galveston Chamber of Commerce operates with a tiered membership system with 5 different investment levels. This structure allows your business to decide which investment is right for you. For an annual investment of $300, you can become a member of our chamber. For major economic drivers in the community, we suggest our Trustee level membership which allows you to customize your membership benefits. For more details on the benefits and costs associated with our five levels, please click here. (LINK THIS TO OUR MEMBER BENEFITS PAGE)
How can the chamber help me grow my business?
Our organization has been committed to promoting and advocating for business since 1845. And after all this time, we are still finding new ways for our members to market their business to potential customers and clients. The chamber promotes our members via our website, a smart phone application, and printed publications such as our Membership Directory /Galveston Island Relocation & Visitors Guide.
We also have programs that allow our members to distribute their marketing materials to businesses and the community. Our Welcome Bag program grants Chamber members an opportunity to get their information in front of businesses at ribbon cutting ceremonies. Members are also welcome to furnish their business cards, brochures and more to be displayed in our Visitors Center which services thousands of people every year. Furthermore, we organize multiple events throughout the year to help our members make new connections. The majority of these events are free to our members, so even the smallest of businesses can take advantage of these occasions.
Schedule a meeting today with Erin Kay, our Director of Marketing, PR & Membership Development, at email@example.com or (409) 763-5326 for a consultation on which chamber programs will help you achieve your individual goals.
What types of businesses benefit from being a member?
Businesses of all shapes and sizes benefit from membership with the Galveston Chamber. Every industry, from tourism to manufacturing and from sole proprietorships to major corporations, is represented in our membership. We cater to our diverse customer base by offering a wide variety of services and programs. Schedule an appointment today by contacting Erin Kay, our Director of Marketing, PR & Membership Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409) 763-5326 to discuss how to personalize your benefits package to best meet your unique needs.
What kind of events does your chamber organize?
The Galveston Chamber of Commerce organizes a variety of different events each year including our Annual Meeting, monthly After-5 Business Mixers, monthly Good Morning Galveston! events, Golf Tournament, Women’s Conference, Lemonade Day Galveston, educational seminars, industry tours, business roundtable events, hot-topic luncheons, ribbon cutting ceremonies and more! Several of these events are helpful in educating our members about important issues, and they are all designed to help you make connections. Check the Chamber Calendar to find out about upcoming events. (LINK TO CHAMBER CALENDAR)
Is the Galveston Chamber affiliated with the City of Galveston?
The Galveston Chamber maintains a positive working relationship with the City of Galveston as well as the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. However, our Chamber operates solely on the annual investments made by our members along with money we raise through special events. We do not receive funding from any public entity, which allows us the freedom of advocating for the Galveston business community without influence from agencies whose primary concern may not be protecting the business community.
How is your organization funded?
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. We operate solely on the investments of our members along with money raised through special events. This arrangement permits our chamber to only be concerned with serving our members rather than pleasing outside agencies to ensure future funding.
Are there committees that I can get involved with?
Absolutely! The Galveston Chamber of Commerce maintains several standing and ad hoc committees to harness the energy and input of motivated volunteers. Our Advocacy Committee is by far the most popular with a waiting list of people eager to serve. We also have committees engaged in topics such as governmental affairs, membership, education and more. Our newest is our Out-of-the-Box committee. They seek out fresh ideas and proactively look for ways to improve our chamber’s ability to meet our members’ evolving needs. Click here to find out more about the committees the Galveston Chamber has to offer. (LINK THIS TO THE COMMITTEE PAGE)