Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Member Benefits

New Membership Structure FAQ

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Benefit Guidelines

I = Non-Business/Individual

C = Copper

B = Bronze

S = Silver

G = Gold

P = Platinum

 

1. Invitation to all Chamber events (ICBSGP)

Every member will provide an email address if available. The email address will then go into Constant Contact which is the mechanism used to notify all members of upcoming events. Event notifications go out several times a month for After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings, monthly luncheons, Lunch & Learn and special events.

2. Membership window cling (ICBSGP)

Each member as part of their welcome packet will receive a window cling that states they are a member of the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce. Members may request additional clings at no cost. If a member does not want a window cling and would prefer a plaque, the member may at an additional cost order a membership plaque. See Item “C”

3. Receive the monthly Chamber newsletter (ICBSGP)

Every member will provide an email address if available. The email address will then go into Constant Contact which is the mechanism used to send all members the monthly newsletter. The newsletter will consistently go to the members via Constant Contact on the first of every month. The deadline for the Chamber to receive information for the newsletter is the 25th of the prior month.

4. Lunch & Learn – business education classes (ICBSGP)

Each member may attend as many Lunch & Learn classes as they desire. These will be held at noon on the first Monday of each month at the Chamber office. All Chamber members and Kitsap SCORE affiliates are welcome to attend at no cost.  All attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and beverage.

5. Member to Member discounts (ICBSGP)

At sign-up each new member is given the option to sign up for the Member to Member discount program. They are given the opportunity to provide a description of their discount which will go on the website on the Member to Member Discount page. Member to Member discounts will be given and received on an honor system. The discount will be listed on the Chamber website for other members to see. Discounts will be given to the recipient by verbal inquiry and request only. Staff of each business giving a discount must be made aware of the discount if one is requested.

6. Ribbon cutting for your new business (CBSGP) call to activate

Ribbon cuttings are open to all new businesses in our community whether they are a Chamber member or not. The Mayor of Poulsbo has made an arrangement with the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce to appear at ribbon cuttings when possible.  If the Chamber is notified of a ribbon cutting, the Chamber will take the lead on making arrangements.  If the Mayor is asked directly to do a ribbon cutting, she will inform us so we may advertise and attend. If it is a non-member, this is our opportunity to market to the non-member with our appearance and mentoring.

Ribbon Cuttings will occur twice a month, the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

7. First lunch admission free for one person + 3 minutes at podium (CBSGP)

All new members may have one free admission to a luncheon.  All new members will be prompted during the program to come to the podium to talk about their business.  The business owner or representative will have 3 minutes at the podium.

8. Listing on the Chamber website under one category (CBSGP)

Chamber members are allowed to be listed under one category on the website. If they choose to be under an additional category, a fee will be charged to up-list. If a business does not clarify which category they desire, it will then be at the discernment of the Chamber staff to place them in a category they deem appropriate.

9. Referrals from the Chamber office staff & volunteers (CBSGP)

If someone calls or walks into the office and asks for a contractor (for example), the office will find all contractors that are members and refer them – depending on their specific need.  The Chamber always gives preferential treatment to members and will always refer them over any non-member.

10. Business name & address listed in the business directory under one category (published once a year) (CBSGP)

Chamber members are allowed to be listed under one category in the business directory.  If they choose to be under an additional category, a fee will be charged to up-list.  If a business does not clarify which category they desire, it will then be at the discernment of the Chamber staff to place them in a category they deem appropriate.

11. Advertising on monthly luncheon entrance table (unlimited) (BSGP)

Each member entitled to this benefit is invited to advertise on the entrance table at each and every luncheon.  All marketing materials and informational materials are encouraged.  Please remove all materials at the end of the luncheon to avoid the recycling of expensive advertising.

12. Host an After Hours mixer (limited availability, call to activate) (BSGP)

After Hours events occur once a month on the 3rd Thursday of each month and will be based on a first come, first served basis.  Each member entitled to this benefit must call the office in order to schedule an After Hours mixer.  This will be advertised through Facebook, Constant Contact, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal and the Chamber newsletter.  It is encouraged that each business hosting an After Hours invites as many people as possible and the Chamber will do the same.  Having good food and beverages will encourage a higher attendance.  Signage is important, as is parking.  Please make sure your guests have access to both.  Reservations may be made two years in a row then the member must have a minimum of one year in-between their next After Hours to allow others to utilize this benefit.  First come, first served.

13. Up to four postings a year in our monthly newsletter for your business (event, special, etc.) (BSGP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may contact the Chamber office with information pertaining to an event, special, business card, or some other form of advertising for inclusion in the newsletter (up to four postings a year).  If a business would like to post additional items, they will be $20/month or $60 for four additional months.

14. Use of Chamber meeting space (reservation req. during reg. business hours) per hour (BSGP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may call the Chamber to reserve the meeting space in the main office (if it is available) and if it is during the regular business hours of Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This information will go onto the Chamber calendar and can be viewed by the attendees. The Chamber office will hold up to 14 attendees at the conference table.  First come, first served.

15. Ability to post jobs on our website and in the newsletter (unlimited) (SGP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may contact the Chamber office with information pertaining to a job opening they might be advertising.  This will go onto the website, and in the newsletter if received before the 25th of the month.  The member must contact the Chamber office to take if off of the website if the position has been filled.

16. Three minutes to promote your business at the podium for one luncheon (SGP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit must contact the Chamber office two weeks prior to a luncheon in order to be included on the luncheon script.

17. One business promotion on the Chamber website (SGP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may promote their business on the Chamber website with their logo.  It is up to the discretion of the Chamber website administrator as to the best location on the website.  This benefit will remain in effect from anniversary date to anniversary date for the maximum duration of each paid year.  The member must call the Chamber to set this benefit up.

18. Two paragraph business write-up in one monthly newsletter (SGP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may promote their business with two paragraphs, their logo and a photo in one monthly newsletter.  The member must call the Chamber to set this benefit up.

19. Rack card space at the Visitor’s Center for one year (GP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may provide business cards and brochures for display in a prominent place at the main Chamber office.  The member must call the Chamber to set this benefit up.

20. Business name/address highlighted in the business directory (published once a year in December) (GP)

Each member entitled to this benefit will literally be highlighted in the business directory.

21. One of your events announced on the Chamber website for one month (GP) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit must call the Chamber office to put this benefit in use.  It is up to the discretion of the Chamber as to the appropriate location on the website.  This benefit will remain in effect for one month or until the event has expired.

22. Business name, address and/or logo highlighted on the website (all year) (GP)

It is up to the discretion of the Chamber as to the appropriate location on the website.  This benefit will remain in effect from anniversary date to anniversary date for the maximum duration of each paid year.  Highlighting in this sense may be literal or figuratively and is at the sole discretion of the website administrator.  All members must provide a hi-res logo.

23. Business name, address and/or logo highlighted in the monthly newsletter (all year) (GP)

It is up to the discretion of the Chamber as to location in the newsletter.  This benefit will remain in effect from anniversary date to anniversary date for the maximum duration of each paid year.  Highlighting in this sense may be literal or figuratively and is at the sole discretion of the Chamber office.  All members must provide a hi-res logo.

24. Be a lunch sponsor once a year (reservation required – limited spaces) (P) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit must call the Chamber office to put this benefit in use.  Reservations are required because of the twelve limited spaces a year.  Increasing monthly luncheon sponsors in the future is at the sole discretion of the Chamber.  Reservations may be made two years in a row then the member must have a minimum of one year in-between their next sponsorship to allow others to utilize this benefit.  First come, first served.

25. Special recognition at the Gala (P)

Special recognition at the Gala may change from year to year and how it is achieved is at the sole discretion of the Chamber staff and committee volunteers.  Appropriate recognition will occur at the event.

26. Special recognition at the monthly luncheons (P)

Special recognition at the luncheons may change from month to month and how it is achieved is at the sole discretion of the Chamber staff, Executive Director and/or President.  Appropriate recognition will occur at each luncheon.

27. Business name, address and /or logo highlighted in each new member welcome packet (P)

Each member entitled to this benefit will be highlighted literally or figuratively in each new member welcome packet at the sole discretion of Chamber staff and/or the Executive Director.

28. Ability to provide promotional material in each new member welcome packet (P) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may provide the Chamber staff with promotional material or items to include in each new member welcome packet/bag.  This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of all new Chamber members.  Chamber staff would be happy to include mugs, caps, pens, brochures, business cards, etc. in each packet/bag.  Please call the Chamber office to activate this benefit.  We have on average 5 new members a month.  If a business provides promotional material, it can be for one month or one year.

29. To be listed in one additional category on the website or directory (P) call to activate

Each member entitled to this benefit may have their name listed in one additional category on the website or directory.  Additional category listings may be purchased.

30. Ad space on looped slideshow at the Visitor’s Center for one month (P) call to activate

The Chamber main office has a television that can loop your advertisement all day Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Our Chamber office is very active and sees quite a bit of traffic throughout the week.  Hi-res logo and/or ad will be required.

31. Ad on Chamber website for one month (P) call to activate

It is up to the discretion of the Chamber website administrator as to location of your advertisement on the website.  This benefit will remain in effect for one month.  All members must provide a hi-res logo or advertisement.

Bump it Up!

A. Signage near marina for one year (limited availability) call to activate

The Chamber has a kiosk down near the Port of Poulsbo with advertising signage.  Anyone that is interested in purchasing advertising down by the Port may do so for a fee.  There are sign guidelines that will be adhered to and each sign will be the property of the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce.  If there is a failure to pay either membership dues or signage dues, the sign will come down and the next person on the waiting list will occupy the space.  The business owner of the sign that came down will go on the bottom of the waiting list after dues are paid if still interested.  These signs may be purchased contiguously from year to year.  First come, first served.

B. Highway signage for one year (limited availability) call to activate

The Chamber has several monument signs in and around Poulsbo.  Anyone that is interested in purchasing advertising on one of our monument signs may do so for a fee.  There are sign guidelines that will be adhered to and each sign will be the property of the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce.  If there is a failure to pay either membership dues or signage dues, the sign will come down and the next person on the waiting list will occupy the space.  The business owner of the sign that came down will go on the bottom of the waiting list after dues are paid if still interested.  These signs may be purchased contiguously from year to year.  First come, first served.

C. Walnut or comparable “Member of The Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce” plaque call to activate

Anyone for a fee may purchase a walnut or comparable Chamber member plaque.  These will be ordered for you from our engraver.  Costs will vary depending on your selection.

D. Chamber Member auto sticker

Are you proud to be a Chamber Member and want to show everyone?  We now have auto stickers for you.  They will be available at each luncheon or in the Chamber office for a small fee.

E. Mini-Expo table for April or September Open Exchange luncheon (reserve early - limited availability) call to activate

Each April and September the Chamber will host a networking only luncheon and mini-expo.  A mini-expo table can be purchased to display brochures, products, etc.  Only ten tables are available at each luncheon.