Since the major part of a small business typically comes from business to business services, it is essential to maintain a positive standing with the local business community.
Most towns and all cities have chambers of commerce. The Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce offers many things to small businesses especially new ones and start ups. Your chamber provides a voice for the business community, a bridge between government – small business - corporations – volunteers - religious organizations – schools – clubs- homeowners associations –the general public – etc. It is a monumental job, always changing. It takes members who will volunteer, who care and are dedicated. That is where you come in. The Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce holds various events such as:
Just to list a few. If you can attend some of these events, you will make new friends, contacts and customers. Anyone can join the Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce. It costs anywhere from $95 - $415 with special rates for non-profits. But remember that you only get out of it what you put in. Many small business owners may not understand it's worth but it is relatively inexpensive depending on how you chose to use your membership. It can be long lasting advertising in the form of:
If you truly want to become involved, we suggest that you join various Chamber committees. Committees need your help and input. When you come to these committees you bring your talents and knowledge. You will soon find that your ideas; observations and personal opinion are paramount. You are the most valuable tool a chamber of commerce could ever hope to have.
How do you join a committee? Talk to the president or the executive director of your chamber. Tell them that you want to volunteer. Go to the monthly chamber board meetings. Find out which chamber committees have openings. The chamber is always looking for new ideas and input.
Your success in your business is up to you. We live in the greatest country in the world. You are allowed unlimited success, but with that incredible gift you are also allowed to fail. The ball is in your court, your chamber membership can be one of your greatest assets, but like most things in life, you only get what you put into it. Stay involved, do not give up. Help The Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber be a success and use the chamber to help your business succeed. It is a win/win proposition.
Serving: Paw Paw, Lawton, Mattawan and Surrounding Communities
Mary E. H. SpringerExecutive Director for the Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce and the Paw Paw Downtown Development Authority