As a Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce member, you can connect with other businesses people, engage in the community and raise the exposure of your business.
Members receive promotional perks, exclusive advertising and networking options, and additional exposure for their companies or organizations.
Members can promote their business in a number of ways:
⭑Website, newsletter and social media business promotions
⭑Subscribe to From the Ground Up newsletter and submit information for inclusion
⭑Event sponsorship and advertising opportunities including e-blasts
⭑Printed marketing materials displayed in the Visitor Information lounge
⭑Participate in networking and After hours business socials
⭑Host an after Hours at your business
⭑Share an image on the visitor centre monitor
⭑Make use of the Business Resource Centre room
⭑Take part in the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan – even small businesses can find a plan that works. This is a benefit your employees will appreciate
⭑Canadian Chamber of Commerce discounts – see attached flyer
⭑Direct referrals from our staff and members
The Gravenhurst Chamber Winter Gala is a Chamber fundraising event. Taking place annually on the third weekend in November, the event celebrates the local business community. The evening includes dinner, live music, dancing, DJ, silent auction and more.
Your Chamber of Commerce hosts two of Gravenhurst’s largest events attracting thousands of tourists to the area. The last Saturday in June is always the Gravenhurst Car Show (June 17, 2017) and Dockside Festival of the Arts, takes place the last weekend in August (Aug. 18, 19 and 20, 2017) at the Muskoka Wharf. The chamber also hosts and coordinates the annual Santa Claus parade.
All for members
As a chamber member, you gain access to our After Hours Business Socials – members take turns hosting a networking gathering each month that typically offers up a selection of food and drink from Chamber members. After Hours socials are fun. Networking should not be work. Getting to know your local businesses, finding out what’s new and gaining a better understanding of what’s happening in Gravenhurst is the goal of these events. See the coming events list attached to this email.
Chambers of Commerce Insurance plans – As a chamber member, your organization receives exclusive rates on group insurance plans. The Chambers Plan is the largest plan of its kind in Canada covering over 25,000 small businesses from coast to coast.
Visit http://www.chamberplan.ca/ or call 1 877-277-0677 to learn more.
2017 Membership Rates
Small Business Member – One to two employees $180+HST
Business Member – 3+ employees $230+HST
Not for Profits & Associations $130+HST
Individual Member & 2nd Business Same Owner $100+HST
Visit http://gravenhurstchamber.com/membership/join-now/ to sign up!
Business After Hours events are a chance to
network and socialize with fellow entrepreneurs.
Discounts – As a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we can pass on discounts to our Chamber members. Save 3.5 cents per litre by applying for an Esso credit card, get special rates for other services too. http://www.chamber.ca/membership/member-programs/
Directory of members – Listing in both online and printed Gravenhurst directory – printed copy will include name, phone, address and web address (to fill one line) under one category. We are bringing back our membership directory combined with a visitor guide, due to visitor and member requests.
Promotion on Visitor Centre monitor – Our Visitor Centre is also home to a Service Ontario office with thousands of visitors. Please submit a high resolution photo and we will add your business name and contact information or you may submit a photo with your information for us to include in rotation on the monitor. A second photo for a three month period (January to March, April to June, July to September, October to December) is available for $75.
Business Resource Centre Room rental – each member gets a free half-day rental in our Business Resource Room which is available for all your small meeting and presentation needs. The Centre is equipped with the technology needed to host seminars, presentations and meetings and includes Wi-Fi, HDMI ports to connect a laptop (not provided), two wall mounted monitors, a kitchenette (no stove) and more. The Business Resource Centre can comfortably seat 12 + presenter, around a one of a kind live-edge executive table, with room for additional chairs if needed. Rates are $30 per hour or $150 for the day (8 hours) plus HST. For weekends or evenings, a higher fee may apply. *All rental fees are due upon confirmation of booking.
E- blast – for just $100 per member (and $200 for non members). To directly reach your business to business market, we offer an e-blast. Instead of including your message in The Ground Up Newsletter, you message will be sent as a single item to our almost 600 subscribers.
The extremely popular Gravenhurst Car Show in Gull Lake Park
is also organized by the Chamber.
Chamber membership is more than discounts, benefits and social events. Membership gives you access to our team and its resources. Do you have a question? An idea? Need assistance with your business? Contacting the Chamber should be your first call so we can connect you with local resources and services. We want your business to grow and, in turn, for Gravenhurst to grow.
The Chamber can connect you to business resources and community experts who can assist with training, planning and growing your business. Learn about granting and funding bodies and even some free and low cost opportunities that meet your business needs.
Membership is one component to a much larger plan that the Chamber leads on behalf of the community. Your membership dollars are key to ensuring the Chamber continues to draw tourists to the community, operates the Visitor Information Centre, coordinates high-traffic events, provides access to business development opportunities and participates in projects that contributes to the Town’s vitality.
Our office, beside the Opera House in the lower level of the Carnegie Building is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please drop by and visit.