| February 4, 2016
Outer Banks Chamber plans March membership driveAre
you opening a new business in 2016? Have you been in business for
a while but now seek new outlets to market your company and services?
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce says that it takes more than luck
for a small business to be successful. A company needs customers,
resources, strong economic conditions, the right employees and training
-- all member benefits that the Outer Banks Chamber provides.
The Chamber of Commerce will conduct its annual membership recruitment
drive March 14-17. The Chamber's Board of Directors, staff and
volunteers will pound the streets and reach out via social media and
phones to invite area business owners to join the area’s largest
“Membership in a Chamber means more than just paying an annual fee to
be part of a group,” said Chamber President and CEO Karen Brown.
“Membership shows your customers that you are committed to the Outer
Banks community and invested in programs and services that keep our
Some of the benefits of membership include marketing and
networking. Members receive listings on the Chamber’s website at
www.outerbankschamber.com, in the printed and virtual editions of the
Outer Banks Experience magazine. Members are invited to monthly
networking events, such as Chamber Morning Schmooze, Business After
Hours, General Membership Luncheons and expos, such as the Health Expo
held last month and Outer Banks Technology Expo on March 3 at the
Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk. There’s also a OBX Success Job and
Career Fair on March 12, 2016 at the Ramada Plaza, Kill Devil Hills.
Chamber members take pride in the community and work on events such as
the recent Energy Panel at Jennette’s Pier and the Economic
Summit planned for March 22, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Local
issues -- such as economic development, transportation
improvements, beach access, Oregon Inlet Dredging, affordable
housing, and others -- are often the topics at board and member
meetings. The Chamber is also a founding and active partner of
the Outer Banks Seafood Festival in October. Leadership OBX and the
Outer Banks Young Professionals are Chamber programs that provide
community leadership training.
“The Chamber connects businesses with their customers, customers with
the community, and businesses with government officials and resources,”
said Brown. “We provide information and educational
opportunities, increasing awareness of what is good about our community
and things we could improve. “
In addition to regular benefits of membership, there are some
incentives to join the Chamber during the March membership drive.
Added bonuses include choice of a free web link on the website or one
month ad in the e-newsletter, and one e-mail ad blast to be used during
the first year. New members will also be entered into a drawing
for other door prizes and gift certificates.
“We value the relationship that we have with the 1,040 current members
of our organization and invite others to give us a try,” added
Brown. “Member rates are based on company size and start at just
$265 for businesses or $175 for a non-profit.”
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a regional, non-profit business
membership organization with 1,040 members in Currituck, Dare and Hyde
Counties. Those interested in learning more about the
Chamber are invited to call 252-441-8144 or send a note of interest to [email protected]
Additional details about upcoming programs and member benefits can also be found at www.outerbankschamber.com.