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Chamber of Commerce Benefits

We need you....you need the Chamber

One voice raised in defense of a right or one person or business taking on a project is often weak and ineffectual. But when many voices are raised and many work together in community affairs, much is achieved. Therefore you, as a businessperson working with the Chamber, make your contributions to the community effort. Enhancing the community and increasing the number of businesses here has a beneficial effect on you, your family, and your business. Through membership, you don't just support the Chamber; you contribute and work for yourself and your community.


THE BENEFITS STATEMENT

Dental Insurance Program: Three specially designed dental insurance plans from United Concordia for Chamber member businesses. Dental insurance pans are available to the sole proprietor up to the business owner with unlimited number of employees.

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Internet - ybn.com: ybn is a next generation Internet company that will help you manage your business on the web. They are a team of entrepreneurs and Internet experts providing a total operating environment for your small business online. Visit www.ybn.com.

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Accounts Receivable Collection Program: If you've ever had problems collecting from accounts after 90 days, this is a chance to use this new member benefit. Normally you would have to pay one third plus extras to hire a professional. The Chamber program with Northeast Credit and Collections offer a 25% savings and no extra costs to Chamber members.
Benefit Savings: $300 (when $500 per month is collected for your company)

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Shipping Program: Unishippers, in partnership with the Chamber, is offering an opportunity to handle any members shipping needs, from letters to international freight. As a broker consultant at no cost to you, you will get the best price and service available.

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Workers' Compensation Program: The Main Street Program, developed with the GUARD Insurance Group, offers the Chamber membership an opportunity to receive a competitive rate and to qualify for any dividend earned at the end of a year based on the group's experience.

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Electric Buyer's Pool: Helping business and industry take advantage of the deregulation of the electric utilities, the Chamber has teamed with Parente Energy Consulting to increase our members' savings.

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Free Advertising Program: First year members only, have an opportunity to take advantage of free advertising time and space. The participants include CableTime, the Citizens' Voice, The Times Leader, WBRE-TV and WYOU-TV.
Benefit Savings: $1300 (yours for the asking)

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ABC Advantage Program: Similar to other discount books, the ABC Advantage programs offers members and their employees the option to purchase a discount card and booklet listing participating members and discounts. This program is only available to Chamber members..

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Business Clinics, Workshop and Seminars: In partnership with area colleges and universities and many private educational/institutional businesses in the area, the Chamber offers these sessions only to members or to members at a reduced price.
Benefit Savings: $225 (when your company uses these benefits 4 times per year)

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Business Referral Program: The Chamber has implemented a program for member businesses to refer other members for their goods or services. This develops an attitude and awareness that is important to do business with people who support and believe in the same goals that you think are important.
Benefit Savings $500 (If you recommend you will be recommended)

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Business Advocacy: By continually monitoring and taking positions on legislation affecting small and larger businesses at the local, state and federal levels, your Chamber is able to make legislators aware of what we think is best for Northeastern Pennsylvania. The input and positions taken by the Chamber are from our membership and the Government Affairs Committee. Your input is very important.
Benefit Savings: $500 (Annually the Chamber supports legislation for your benefit)

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Annual Trade Show: For over ten years, the Chamber has sponsored a successful trade show providing businesses a chance to market their products or services to our business community. Members of the Chamber have a booth at a substantial discount and those who return to the show testify the show is worthwhile to their businesses.
Benefit Savings: $750 (Over 120 businesses at the show, they need you, you need them)

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Marketing Program: Every other month the Chamber mails out a Members Marketplace packet. This packet includes flyers from 10-20 members promoting their business. Particular offerings, specials and business opportunities are among the promotional items. Users of this program are pleased with the results.
Benefit Savings: $600 (goes to over 2700 business contacts, someone wants what you offer)

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Membership Mixers: During the course of a year, several membership mixers are held by the chamber in partnership with its members. Attendance and networking with other members gives you an opportunity to meet and do business with other businesses that need your products or services to establish a business relationship.
Benefit Savings $500 (you or your employees can meet at least 3 new business contacts)

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Internet Listing: Your membership directory listings will appear on the Chamber site on the Internet's World Wide Web. Also, you will have a free link to your own home page. Now your company will be displayed throughout the world.
Benefit Savings: (unlimited value) (the Chamber alone has over 4000 hits per week)

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Chamber Promotions of the Membership: The Chamber's Membership Directory lists each member business in both a business category and an alphabetical category. This is distributed to the entire membership and to businesses interested in the area. In addition, the Chamber has a monthly newsletter informing the membership of happenings in the area and providing each business with a chance to let the rest of the membership know of their new opportunities and successes.
Benefit Savings: (unlimited value)

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Information Programs: The Chamber continually updates and compiles a demographic profile for use by the Chamber membership. The Chamber also uses this information for the purpose of bringing new businesses to the Greater Wilkes-Barre area in an effort to create quality jobs.
Benefit Savings: (unlimited value)

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Other Valuable Benefits: Certificate of Origin authorization is available to member companies who are involved with exporting. The chamber also provides free Notary Service to Chamber members.
Benefit Savings: $100

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The Bottom Line Savings: These savings are based on the experiences of Chamber members who are currently using the opportunities listed. They may not accurately reflect your possible savings. Yours could be greater or less than indicated.

Should you have any questions, contact:
Connie S. Pheiff
(570)823-2101 ext. 120
FAX (570)822-5951
wbcoc@wilkes-barre.org
or 
cpheiff@wilkes-barre.org


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Last update: Tuesday, October 3, 2000 at 9:03:15 PM.