Chamber membership is the most cost-effective business strategy your company can implement. For less than you spend on the breakroom coffee, your business can be part of the largest business organization in Polk County, and the 6th largest in the state.
Membership in the Lakeland Chamber gives your company the opportunity to keep up with the latest public policy changes, find training and professional development opportunities, gain exposure for your product and your brand, and network with like-minded individuals to continue to strengthen Lakeland’s economy.
The first quantifiable study of Chamber membership was done just a few years ago. Partially sponsored by IBM, the survey found that 63% of consumers prefer to shop and do business with chamber members. With more than 1,600 business members, 80% of whom are small businesses, the Lakeland Chamber just makes sense in your company’s business plan. Join today to find your value.
Why Get Involved with Chamber Membership:
- Access to Information: The Chamber is a valuable resource, housing information to promote and assist your business and the community.
- Business After Hours: Network with hundreds of other Chamber members in a social and casual atmosphere at varied locations throughout the community by exchanging business cards and developing leads.
- Business Contacts: Through involvement in Chamber activities, meet area business people and potential customers.
- “Buy Lakeland. It makes good cents!”: This important campaign encourages Lakeland residents and visitors to “Buy Lakeland” and support the local businesses that support the community. Members are also encouraged to support other member businesses.
- Chamber Champions: Outstanding veteran members mentor new members for the first three months of membership helping new members target what services benefit their businesses.
- Convention & Visitors Bureau: This bureau markets Lakeland and Polk County as an ideal convention and tourist destination through efforts with the City Marketing Committee, Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau, Polk County Sports Marketing, Lakeland Hotel/Motel Association and the FHSAA State Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Volleyball. The Bureau continues to strengthen the relationship they have had since 1934 with the Detroit Tigers through the Tiger Relations task force.
- Forum for Business : This monthly newsletter provides topical business information and updates on Chamber progress and news.
- Guide to Lakeland: Your business receives two free listings (alphabetical and categorical). The Guide is distributed to thousands of businesses and newcomers. New books are distributed every year in January.
- Involvement Opportunities: Join a committee or two and have a direct impact on the future of your community while promoting your business.
- EMERGE Lakeland: Provides opportunities for our young business leaders to become more involved in the Chamber and community.
- LEADS Groups: The Chamber’s Leads Groups offers the opportunity for members to meet weekly and exchange business leads and information.
- Mailing Labels: Target your marketing with access to mailing labels provided at a nominal fee.
- Marketing Opportunities: Advertise in the Forum for Business, in the Forum 2.0 e-Newsletter, the Chamber’s Business Card Showcase, or on LakelandChamber.com.
- Member-to-Member Discounts: Promote your business, products and services by offering special discounts exclusively to Chamber members.
- New Member Receptions: Network with other new members and get a chance to learn about the Chamber and all your membership has to offer you and your business.
- Pro-Business Action: The Chamber monitors local and state issues that affect business and the quality of life through the Government Affairs committee and BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc.
- Professional Development: The Chamber offers seminars and educational activities throughout the year geared to assist the business community, specifically small business.
- Relocation Inquiries: As the experts on Lakeland, families call the Chamber and visit LakelandChamber.com before they visit or move. Be the first to promote your product or service to these new residents before they establish their buying patterns.
- Ribbon Cuttings: Opportunity with the Mayor and pictures put in the Forum for Business newsletter that is distributed to 3,800 individuals.
- Small Business Awards Committee: This committee is responsible for selecting and recognizing one small business each month that epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit, business excellence and community involvement. One of the 12 will be recognized at the end of the year with the Scott Linder Small Business of the Year Award.
- Website: Log on to LakelandChamber.com to get the latest information and Chamber news. The Chamber’s Community Calendar serves as a resource for local events and happenings.