Member Benefits

Smart Ways to Use the Chamber…

Membership in the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce can be your key to business success. Whether your involvement is through one of the many Chamber volunteer committees or by participation in our exciting educational seminars and networking events, your membership in the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will reap many valuable benefits for you and your employees. Help yourself, your business and your community grow.

Networking
The Chamber provides many ways to promote your business to hundreds of potential customers every month. Through Chamber events, committees, publications and services you will increase your business contacts and meet the decision-makers of member firms. People remember your business best when they get to know YOU.

Business After Hours Mixers
Taste of Lawrence Fall Mixer
New Member Orientation Receptions
Government Affairs Functions
Professional Women of the Chamber Functions
Committees, Task Forces, and Special Areas of Interest
Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings
Exclusive Member Referral Services – only Chamber members are referred

Visibility
If you’re looking for ways to maximize your company’s exposure, the Chamber offers cost-effective opportunities to reach your customers and potential customers through targeted advertising and marketing.

Business Showcase – This popular event gives Chamber member businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services to other Chamber members.
Mailing Lists & Labels – Only Chamber members can target new customers using the Chamber mailing list.
Membership Directory – Members receive free, automatic listings in the Chamber’s Annual Membership Directory, but a display ad can help assure that your company stays in front of potential customers all year long.
Advertising – Reach more than 2000 key business leaders and 150,000 visitors a year with targeted advertising in Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau publications.
Sponsorships – Get additional exposure to the local business market by sponsoring Chamber events and programs.
Internet Services – Market your business online with free listings on the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Website. Catch up on the latest news, events, and new members. Register online for Chamber functions. Advertising and web pages available.

Advocacy

Your voice is heard! The Chamber works closely with state and local government representatives to pass legislation that is advantageous to the business community.
Meet elected officials and ask about issues important to you. Some of the events the Chamber sponsors for members include:
Eggs & Issues Breakfasts
Candidate Forums
Receptions, Luncheons for Elected Officials

Community Involvement
Take the opportunity to get involved in committees and activities within your area of interest. Areas included are:

Networking and Membership
Small Business
Government Affairs
Leadership and Education
Workforce Development
Economic Development/Tourism

Marketing and Management Assistance

Professional Staff – Your time is valuable. Let the Chamber staff help you. The staff includes marketing and public relations experts and seasoned problem solvers.
Ribbon Cuttings – Let us help you promote your new location with our VIP list and ribbon cutting promotional assistance.
Publications & Economic Information – The Chamber can answer your questions about retail sales, wage and labor rates, and much more. Members receive monthly newsletters and have access to Chamber mailing lists, labels, etc.

Education
Your Chamber membership entitles you and your employees to attend informative seminars on timely subjects, such as:

Workforce Development
Technology
e-Commerce

Business Resources & Assistance

The Chamber’s aggressive Economic Development Marketing Program works to create new jobs and bring new dollars to Lawrence for your business.

Learn the secrets of effective marketing, structuring a loan request or finding the right person for the job. It’s all part of the series of seminars sponsored by the Chamber and the KU Small Business Development Center.

Wakarusa Valley Development, Inc. provides financing for small business expansion as well as long term fixed asset and working capital financing.

Credibility by Association
When people know you are a member of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, they know you a part of a group of professionals working together to positively impact both the economy and quality of life in our community. Our members proudly display their Chamber seals for public view.