BENEFITS: What does the Chamber offer?
The Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce is a private, voluntary, not-for-profit organization of businesses and professional people dedicated to advancing the economic well-being within the greater Carol Stream area. Serving our members, we offer a variety of programs to keep our members at their competitive best. We are committed to helping you network and build your business.
Some of our benefits and programs for 2013 include:
Monthly Luncheons: We feel it is the best hour and a half a month that you can spend – the opposite of cold calls! Usually held the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Each attendee communicates their name & company to all. Monthly guest speakers present pertinent information to our members, keeping them apprised of current issues or occasionally strictly networking activities.
Business After Hours: Take full advantage of this Chamber networking event. Chamber members are able to meet other members in a more relaxed setting to exchange business information and contacts. 5:30-7:30pm held in one of our Member’s businesses. It’s a FREE event!
NETWORKing in the MORNing: This early morning gathering op gives some of our members the flexibility to network, when they otherwise could not. A free and valuable event with its own special Accelerated Networking that sets it apart.
Women In Business: Held every other month at different venues, the Chamber's highly successful WIB events are filled with exceptional networking opportunities and provide the attendees an opportunity to hear insightful, relevant speakers focused on women's issues and needs.
Business-Community Directory: This handy reference tool is used extensively in Carol Stream featuring only chamber members. Thousands of directories are printed and delivered to homes in Carol Stream and distributed through local businesses, including the Village Hall and Library. .
The Chamber Connection: Quarterly Chamber newsletter that keeps its members informed of pressing business issues and concerns that affect their bottom line (Mar, Jun, Sept, Dec).
ROCS Leads Group: Meeting 1st & 3rd Wed’s of each month, our Referral Organization of Carol Stream leads group can help build your business. Category-exclusive, dynamic, valuable—all describe the ROCS group!
Brown Bag “Lunch N’ Learn”: Casual networking gathering with informative speaker. Held every other month.
Monthly Electronic Newsletter updates to keep you current on the latest Chamber happenings, using Constant Contact.
Social Media Marketing via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn about events and opportunities. Do you ‘tweet?’
Mini-Exhibitor Table: Chamber members have the opportunity to exhibit their business through a table display at a monthly luncheon FREE one time each year + another at WIB event. Have a very VISUAL presence at a luncheon.
Website listing: Each of our members has their own listing on our Chamber website, complete with contacts addresses, web site link, email link, hours of operation and description. Enhanced listings and banner ads available.
Job Postings: Members can post job openings free of charge, on the Chamber website.
Chamber Library: Need to learn more about business or marketing? Visit the Chamber Library at our luncheons or in the office.
? Networking 2.0 After Hours: Phenomenal, cutting edge gathering where the chamber world converges with Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and LinkedIn contact. QR codes and Smartphones activity, too, as well as NETWORKING! (10/16/13)
? 5-Star Business Expo: Working with 4 other local chambers (Bartlett, Addison, Bloomingdale, and Glendale Heights), this business Expo appeals to all types of businesses. www.fivestarexpo.com A B-to-B event (2/22/13)
Annual Bridal &Special Events Expo:
prospective ‘pairs’ or newlyweds-to-be at this fabulous new event which features
sponsorship opportunities, exhibitor spaces, and flyers in bags. Held at the
Holiday Inn & Suites in Carol Stream, sell your products & services (1/27/13)
? Annual Golf Scramble: This Chamber tradition inspires both the scratch golfer and the duffer to greater heights. A fun, non-competitive event for all to enjoy. One of the most popular in all of DuPage County, they say! Opportunities for sponsorship available to ‘get your name out’ to over 100 golfers. (7/18/13)
? Annual "What Women Want" Expo: The Carol Stream Chamber Women in Business will again present a charming and 'pampering' Expo. It's all about Chocolate. It's all about Shopping and Pampering, Awareness and Inspiration at this PINK event. Put your business in front of other business professionals as well as community attendees. (9/25/13)
? Holiday Social: As we draw close to the end of the year, this event provides a last opportunity for our Chamber members to network and wish each other holiday cheer in a lively, social atmosphere. (12/6/12)
? “Pitch Your Business”: An annual luncheon with baseball theme where members “pitch” 45 seconds about their business to all in attendance, making it memorable. (6/12/13)
OTHER benefits include: Access to business and community leaders, Sponsorship opportunities for various chamber events, Business referrals, membership in the US Chamber of Commerce, affinity/discount programs with Office Depot and Constant Contact, and more.
Located inside the Holiday Inn l 150 S. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream IL 60188 l 630.665.3325
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