By: Interim CEO Stephanie Immelman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
After a long summer, September always feels like the start of the business year to me.
At the Delray Chamber, it’s the time of year when we remind people of the benefits of belonging.
We are dedicated to becoming a Chamber of the 21st century and have been working on implementing new ways to Connect, Learn and Grow Your Business.
Did you know that the Chamber produces the weekly morning show Delray Morning Live with Amanda Perna and Ryan Boylston? It’s also an opportunity for Chamber members to promote their businesses by becoming a guest or sponsoring the show. As a sponsor, Delray Morning Live will go on location to your place of business.
The Chamber’s 800 strong membership also has access to a private Facebook page to promote your events or specials. We can also promote your offerings via our website, www.DelrayBeach.com on the Hot Deals page. Chamber members also have a listing on the website as well as in our printed directory. We produce weekly Member 2 Member eblasts with news about our members.
We also pride ourselves on being a hub of information and opportunities to learn. Programs include Government Affairs meetings that are free to members featuring guest speakers from City Hall, the county and state. We also offer a Foundations program promoting business fundamentals and a Saturday Speakers Series. Up and coming executives should consider participating in Leadership Delray, an annual program that starts in October. Once a month the class visits sites such as City Hall, the Police and Fire Departments and the County Courthouse to learn how our City runs.
And of course, there are plenty of ways to network face to face. We have opportunities to connect morning, noon and night with programs such as Business & Bagels, Contacts & Cocktails and Industry specific Roundtables.
Become a New member in September and take advantage of our Marketing Package which includes a Ribbon Cutting at your location, videoclip filmed and posted to social media, coverage in our weekly eblast and an appearance on Delray Morning Live. The cost is $350 in addition to your annual membership fee. Current members, we have marketing packages for you too!
An average Chamber membership for a small business only costs about $35 per month. And yes, we can set up monthly billing. That’s far less than your Starbucks fix!
Join the Chamber in September. Go to www.delraybeach.com to sign up. Or give us a call at 561-278-0424 to learn more.