Monday, February 16, 2009

The Chamber .COMmunity

Obviously, we’re pretty enthusiastic about our website,, but we always worry our members may not be aware of all the great tools at their fingertips. For your convenience (and also as a shameless plug), here’s are the top five tools on our (your) website:

1. The Business Directory is a quick connection to nearly 2,000 member businesses (+ addresses, phone numbers, websites and a protected e-mail link). Use categorical listings to find businesses in a snap (i.e. search "accountants" or "hotels"). Smart salespeople use this as a great prospecting source!

2. Use the Community Calendar to post upcoming events, and the Chamber Calendar to fill your planner with opportunities to generate sales leads and new customers by registering (and e-mailing yourself a reminder!) for business-building events such as Coffee Connection, Business After Hours, Fiesta de Negocios, Eggs & Issues... the list is endless!

3. You must check out the Members-Only section! First, these days it is easy to question expenses… of course, you know better than to think of the Chamber as an expense, but if you ever falter, this will set your mind at ease. Just start with the referral section to see all the people we send your way every single day, from phone inquiries to links directly to your website!

4. Use the “Find A Job” button to access a regional job bank powered by NationJob through a partnership with the Northwest Chambers. Members with fewer than 15 employees may post jobs at no charge, and it’s great for job seekers, new residents and trailing spouses. You can even sign up to receive jobs that suit you via e-mail once a day or once a week.

5. The relocation information on our site is not to be missed – from the 9 minute video to the digital copy of our magazine, The Good Life. Use the business directory to find childcare centers, churches or community businesses ready to serve new residents. It's all helpful whether recruiting new employees or as a longtime resident looking for something new to try!

Again, the point of the post is partially to get your wheels turning on ways to use the site to your advantage, but we’d also love your feedback and comments. What else would make part of your daily routine? As we continue to improve all our tools for growing business and building community, we may borrow your ideas!

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