The Ridgefield, CT community is flourishing! As part of a region ripe with professionals and successful entrepreneurs, it’s no wonder the future is continuously looking bright. As in town networking opportunities abound, the question as to the benefits of joining the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce (RCOC) can be daunting. Yet, the gains of joining the RCOC exceeds those of most chambers.
Why join a Chamber of Commerce?
Networking events and access to directories of well-established local businesses is often the most cited reason for joining a chamber. In truth, it is one of a much longer list of advantages of modern Chamber membership. First and foremost, being a chamber member, especially an actively involved one has shown to increase the likelihood another company, or business prospect, will want to work with you. Not only does it indicate involvement in one’s community, but it also infers a level a fiscal standing that results from communal loyalty. By joining, you add substantial credibility to your business.
While attending Chamber networking events seems like an obvious bonus, many don’t know they can often create and publicize their own events within the Chamber itself. The opportunity is present to lead the events, boosting their credibility and generating tons of print and digital media attention for their business. This reputation boost comes both from the Chamber’s event marketing as well as the business’s own ability to share the event video, occurrence or resulting published articles on the event.
A frequently overlooked benefit is the value of Chamber newsletters. Seriously. Chamber events are only the tip of the iceberg of the info available in these newsletters. Ranging from free Chamber-sponsored business education and finance seminars to pertinent business news, Chamber communication is designed to help members.
Finally, referrals, referrals and more referrals. Chamber phone calls are overwhelmingly from people looking for a referral, and of course we refer members.
Why Join the RCOC
The RCOC is truly unique in that we have proudly taken the initiative to create an entirely new business model not seen in other chambers. This is due to the fact that the Ridgefield Chamber has such a plethora of successful local individuals as members and are able to offer events, ideas and services many other chambers do not. It is because the Chamber’s Executive Director, Kim Bova’s, mission to address the wave of tech savvy requirements and innovative knowledge and services thatare essential for any aspiring start-up, entrepreneur or even established business. Be it social media services, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) know-how, or access to the most up to date time-management tools, the RCOC is addressing this need with free social media evaluations, online marketing strategy sessions, custom video tools, educational seminars and more for all members.
Additionally, the RCOC has taken steps to better the lives for all members, includes their employees. This includes providing access to healthcare benefits through the portal on the Chamber’s website DestinationRidgefield.com, and program to lower residential and commercial energy costs.
Finally, as a not-for-profit organization, we are proud to serve the B2B, B2C and other local not-for-profit organizations in the Ridgfield, CT community. If you have a business in Ridgefield or want to do business in Ridgefield, Chamber membership is a very real investment in your own business, but also investment in the economic vitality of the community.