Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

Discussions on Economic and Community Development in West Virginia and the Charleston MSA as well as issues of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Maximize Your Membership

Starting at less than a dollar per day, you can be part of a network of 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees who are making a smart investment in their bottom line future -- and the future of our community -- through their membership in the Charleston Area Alliance.

To help you get the biggest bang for your membership buck, the Alliance is presenting a FREE "Maximizing Your Membership" luncheon on Monday, Oct. 12.

Reservations are limited and an RSVP is required. Not a new Alliance member? You don't have to be to attend this luncheon! Maybe you're just curious about Alliance membership or maybe you're already a proud Alliance member --- either way, we're happy to host you as we help you maximize your membership.

You'll meet face-to-face with Board members, Alliance staff and fellow members and learn about the many Alliance programs and services that can help your business today, such as:

Business referrals: As a member, your name is added to our industry-specific roster of businesses and service providers and posted on our Web site. The hundreds of inquiries we receive each year for recommendations are directed to the businesses that have demonstrated their professionalism and commitment to our community through their Alliance membership.

Free technical assistance and business solutions: Our economic development and engineering professionals can provide guidance on a wide range of issues, from land development, to selling your products internationally to recruiting specialized personnel. If we don't have the answer, we know who will. Help is just a phone call away.

Networking and business contacts: Our popular Business After Hours, Charleston Business Showcase, Generation Charleston and Professional Women's Council are just a few of the low-cost forums available for connecting with others and raising the visibility of your business.

Expertise: Our Workability 101, TechKnowledge and other educational programs provide very affordable ways for you and your employees to hear from the experts and stay abreast of industry trends.

Marketing: Through our new "Member Market" program, you can promote your business to the 3,000+ business people, young professionals and community leaders on the Alliance's exclusive email list for only $150 ($100 non-profits). Members may also submit information for inclusion on our blog and calendar of events at no charge.

Special events: Our popular special events, such as the Annual Celebration, Issues & Eggs breakfast and Golf Outing, provide members with cost-effective and highly visible opportunities for showcasing their businesses to decision-makers and business and community leaders in a professional setting

In addition to these direct member benefits, the Alliance delivers a solid return on your membership dollar through the programs and services we provide as a multi-faceted economic, business and community development organization as well as the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia.

These include:

Economic vitality and growth for our region
New jobs and new customers for your businesses
Capital investments and improvements in your community
Legislation and policies that promote bottom-line results
Retention of our youth and growing the talent that fuels innovation
Enhanced quality of life and quality of place
A promising future in a community that you and your family can be proud to call home.


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