Why Join the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce?
The Poulsbo Chamber organizes outstanding networking events that are popular and well-attended.
Being a Chamber member Increases your business visibility in the community and with other businesses.
Membership brings credibility to your business because your membership makes a statement that you are serious about being an established and reputable business in the Greater Poulsbo economy and community, and increases the positive perception about your business and your brand among consumers and other business owners.
The Chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. Because of the nature of our membership, we are a hub where businesses come together. We often link “needs” to “capabilities” among our member businesses. Your customers are often other business owners!
Stay Informed and Engage
The Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce provides a platform for communication and collaboration for the business oriented community. We have several programs that support business interaction and business news distribution.
Voice in Government
The local Chamber maintains a close relationship with city and county leadership, including representatives from the Poulsbo Police and the City Council who attend our monthly Board of Directors meetings. Through those relationships, we are able to monitor issues and future plans that could affect our member businesses.
Poulsbo Chamber events are fun ways for members to meet existing and potential customers, clients and vendors — and to generate new business leads by sponsoring the event. We live in a wonderfully engaged and active community, so participating in our events gives you access to our community to build your professional network.
Our monthly luncheons average between 80 – 100 attendees each month — more than any other monthly Chamber luncheon in all of Western Washington. This is because we get great speakers, we have delicious food, the parking is free and easy, the location doesn’t change, and the attendance fee including a full meal is less or equal to an average restaurant lunch visit.
- Business After-Hours Networking
Our Business After Hours typically take place at one of our member’s business location every third Thursday evening each month, and they are fun, almost always well accommodated with food and beverages of all sorts, and they are free.
Wineries and breweries from all around Kitsap County assemble in Poulsbo once or twice a year. The event is open to the public and the fee includes a commemorative event glass and tasting from each winery or brewery. Appetizers will also be available to accompany the spirits. Guests can pick up a glass to begin at the event location. The event highlights Poulsbo’s businesses.
- Annual Golf Tournament
The Annual Golf Tournament is a fun event for business networking for all of our members, their business partners, friends and their families.
- Annual Community Awards Banquet Gala
The Annual Community Awards Banquet Gala is the Chamber’s largest and most known event. It takes place every January with about three to four hundred participants from the most influential business leaders in the community.
- Ribbon Cuttings
The Chamber organizes and manages popular ribbon cutting events to mark a move, an expansion or a business grand opening.
- Business U
- Business U events are free presentations by local professionals on varying topics, which will help you manage and grow your business.
Chamber Business Directory
The Chamber publishes an annual well circulated business directory magazine with a list of all current members and other valuable local information. With your membership comes a free and complete listing of your business in this directory.
On the Chamber website we get more than 6,000 visitors to our website each month. Your business is listed on our website with complete address and website.
Every day, the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center receives phone calls and walk-ins from individuals and business representatives looking for a product or service, or for potential vendors. We always recommend Poulsbo Chamber members.
As a Chamber member you can access and offer Chamber Members-only discounts and services. The Poulsbo Chamber provides a member-to member discount program, which allows Chamber members both, to offer and to receive discounts and specials deals. Very often, potential customers are members of the same Chamber, so discounts are an effective way to gain a new customer, as well as save on expenses when you use a discount.
The Chamber issues a free monthly e-newsletter reaching a large portion of the most influential members in our community. The circulation includes an ever growing number of subscribers with a higher than 25% read rate, and an average open rate of 35%. Our newsletter provides member updates, interesting information about local businesses, list of upcoming events, and newsworthy announcements about and for members.
As a member you can advertise at no cost in the Poulsbo Chamber newsletter, which we distribute to more than 700 community recipients, and over 400 fellow members who have opted-in to receive it. The newsletter is a fast, effective way to promote your own business through ads and announcements.
We have over 1,000 followers on our Facebook page, and it reaches one of the highest community engagements on our almost daily posts. As a member we will post pictures and information about all Chamber related events that take place at your business. These Chamber events can be ribbon cutting events, business after hours, or luncheon sponsor events.
The Poulsbo Chamber’s office includes a meeting room that can comfortably seat about 12 attendees. All Chamber members can reserve and use this office space without any fees.
Directional signs are special signs designed with your company logo and information to guide people to your business. The signs are positioned all around town at high traffic spots.
PATRON MEMBERSHIP – A Way to Give Back!
With more than 400 members — and growing — we are the community’s preeminent business association in the Greater Poulsbo area, dedicated to helping current businesses thrive and encouraging others to start or expand businesses. A handful of our members choose to become Patron Members. At just $300 additional dollars a year, it is a commitment that we appreciate. Frankly, most Patrons often don’t even expect a return on that investment — it’s their way of supporting what we do. They could spend that same amount on a couple of small commercial ads, but they choose instead to help support the one organization that supports business of all kinds. Again, the Chamber and our members appreciate it.
In return, we will give our Patron members a little extra boost:
- All members are not only listed in our annual directory; they are highlighted in the category that describes their industry.
- We do the same for Patrons on our website.
- There is also a secondary listing for Patrons on the website: “Patron Members.”
- Patrons have a special rack placed prominently in the Chamber offices. We regularly reach for your business cards when offering advice and counsel to those who ask.
- We recognize you by name and often ask you to stand and be counted at our luncheons and other special events.
- Patrons are first to be offered the honor of hosting one of our monthly After Hours.
- Patrons have a lapel pin that identifies their special membership.
We look for other ways to show our gratitude, too. For example, in spring each year we invited only Patron members to a champagne reception for local US Congress representatives. It’s a small token of our appreciation. We hope you will consider Patron a membership. It helps support the cause of business in all of North Kitsap. The Value of Patron Membership in the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce is one of the most affordable ways to engage and invest in the region.