Joining the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce has many benefits…

MEMBERSHIP puts Your Business in front of the community! The Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce processes hundreds of inquiries each year requesting information about various products, services and professions throughout the entire county. Your membership means that your business is referred first. Our motto “Do Business with Chamber Members – They Support Our Community,” is reinforced with our policy to refer and promote Chamber members first.

The current membership benefits are listed below. You can click on any of the items to get more information about that particular benefit.

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MEMBER BENEFIT!: Commercial Insurance Discount through membership in the Chamber. Auto-Owners Insurance offers up to a 12% group discount on commercial insurance to members of the Lapeer Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on significant savings contact Laura Johnson: 810-664-1421 or email Laura at ljohnson@vtcins.com

LAPEER  BUSINESS DIRECTORY & COMMUNITY PROFILE: We publish 5,500 hard copies of a four color Lapeer Area Business Profile Directory of our members. This directory is a favorite with residents, Realtors, visitors and newcomers to our community. Chamber members have the opportunity to advertise in our directory. This important marketing tool is distributed throughout Lapeer County each year to members, libraries, medical facilities, banks, hotels, credit unions, and other community businesses. This includes 12 months ad on our Chamber website (full page color ads) Chamber Facebook page, Chamber Networking Group on Facebook.

This program puts NEW MEMBER COMPANIES out in front of the community and fellow members with several fast-paced efforts!

  • You’re invited to attend your first “Wake Up Lapeer” as our guest.
  • We prepare an article about your company for our monthly electronic newsletter.
  • When it best meets your marketing needs you can insert a flyer (4-color, jpg format) about your business in our electronic newsletter. Normally this is a $75.00 service. You pay only $50! A one-time $25 savings (electronically mailed to over 500 contacts, posted on our social media page and also on our website.)
  • You receive a lead list of chamber member companies in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. You can use this prospecting tool to send your company brochure and a business card out to fellow business owners. Promote a new product line, new location, grand opening, business or charitable event!
  • New members are welcomed to the Chamber on the home page of our website during the month they join in addition to your listing in our online member directory.
  • New members are announced at Wake Up Lapeer, our bi-monthly business networking meeting and included in the Wake Up Lapeer DVD aired on the city’s Charter Cable channel for the following two months.
  • Announced on our Facebook page(s) during the month they join.
  • New members are also announced in our Chamber View page in the LA View newspaper.

Annual Chamber Membership Directory and Community Guide – A four-color printed guide to member companies and community events.  5500 distributed throughout the county during the year.  Directories are distributed through the hotels, medical facilities, library system, banks, credit unions, etc.

Newspaper Visibility – Members are featured on our monthly ChamberView page in the LA View Newspaper.  Reaching every household in Lapeer County.

Newsletter Flyer Inserts – members can insert a “flyer” page in our monthly electronic newsletter to promote new products, events, locations, etc.

Electronic Newsletter – Each month we publish our newsletter to our membership and also share our news with the community through our social media and post the link on our website.

Website Presence – Our members are promoted through the membership directory on our website by company name and by business category.

Website Calendar of Events  – Lapeer is a vibrant and active community.  We utilize our community calendar to share events with our residents and to attract visitors to Lapeer.  We share our member events and community events with the community through our community calendar.

Website Advertising – For a nominal fee members can purchase ad space on our website.  Ads appear on each page throughout the site.

New and Renewing Members are announced on our social media pages, featured on our website, in our newsletter, at our bi-monthly networking meeting, and in our local newspaper.

Social Media – We utilize the growing popularity of social media to promote our members, events and Chamber news.

One of the ways our member businesses support one another is by utilizing each others services. A Member-To-Member Discount Program, with many businesses offering special discounts to Chamber Members, is a valuable benefit to our members.

Member companies and their employees use the Chamber key tag to identify them as members, giving them access to a variety of discounts offered to our members from other Chamber members.

Open to your staff & employees! Our key tag will identify your employees as chamber members when shopping with member companies who participate in the member-to-member discount program.

2016-cardAs a chamber member, you will receive a 5% – 30% discount on a wide variety of office supplies and products through the special Office Depot Store Purchasing Card program.

OFFICE DEPOT OFFERS YOU THREE WAYS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS DISCOUNT PROGRAM!

You will receive a Store Purchasing Card to purchase office supplies at the Lapeer Office Depot store when you join the Chamber of Commerce. Your card will be mailed to your or you can pick one up at the Chamber office.

DOWNLOAD THE STORE PURCHASING CARD TO YOUR PHONE!

You can also Text “LAPEERSPC” to 555-888 to get a Chamber Store Purchasing Card to save to your phone
To Unsubscribe Reply: STOP or HELP to get help. 2 messages per month. Messaging & Data rates may apply.

NEW! ORDER YOUR OFFICE SUPPLIES ONLINE & RECEIVE THE SAME STORE PURCHASING DISCOUNTS!

Support your local Office Depot by purchasing through your Major Account Manager
For information on establishing an online account online purchases please contact Barbara Trost, Major Account Manager, 313-418-1411 or barbara.trost@officedepot.com

Click on the link below to order on-line and receive the same Chamber discounts with the ease of online
ordering and delivery.  CREDIT CARD PAYMENT IS REQUIRED.

https://community.officedepot.com/GPOHome?id=35574916

Discount Credit Card processing fees, no monthly minimums, no reprogramming fees and much more for Chamber member companies through Bankcard Processing Systems, Inc. Call Danielle at 586-909-8081.

The Chamber offers  a text messaging service to our members to keep you abreast of event dates and deadlines.

Wake Up Lapeer, Network at Noon, Ribbon Cuttings, Networking Mixer dates, location and times. Also deadlines for newsletter inserts, event registrations and the like will be available to you through a text message on your phone. So if you’re out of the office and don’t have access to your email you can receive these brief reminders from us.

You can opt in for this service by texting:   lcc to 810-356-4029  or enter mobile number below and hit “submit”

Our Business Connections Newsletter Flyer Insert Ad Rates: Each month our electronic newsletter is filled with flyer inserts from members who want to promote an upcoming event, special product promotion, new location, product line, etc.

It’s easy to do and cost effective.  Members can submit content in a 4-color, jpg file format to be included in the newsletter for only $75. This includes a “front/back” flyer for the same price.  Newsletters are emailed to our membership and local officials, posted on our website and on our Facebook pages to the community.

To reserve your spot in the Business Connections E- Newsletter call the chamber office at 664-6641 or fax the reservation form below to 664-4349.

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The Chamber hosts a variety of networking events providing our members opportunities to develop new business, support existing business and rekindle past business relationships.

Wake Up Lapeer is a bi-monthly morning networking meeting, March – November (January is our Citizen of the Year Awards banquet).  Wake Up Lapeer features a structured agenda including Chamber and community news, guest speakers and sponsors.  A full buffet breakfast is included in the registration fee.

Network at Noon is a casual lunch setting for members to connect and network. Members are given time to introduce themselves and talk about their company. Business cards are exchanged among participants.  Many of our members bring door prizes to be raffled.

After Hour Mixers are another great, casual face-to-face networking opportunity. These events are co-sponsored by the Chamber and the hosting location.  Much the same as our Network-at-Noon, members enjoy dining in a relaxed atmosphere while meeting new members.  Each company introduces themselves, exchange business information, business cards and promotional items.

We all know that referrals are an important aspect of business growth.  “Word of Mouth” advertising from a trusted source is invaluable to businesses.

The Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce offers our loyal members a way to earn DISCOUNTS ON MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL when they refer new members to the Chamber! It’s our REFERRAL REWARDS program.

Refer up to five new members (they must become a member) annually and SAVE UP TO 50% off of your dues and continue to enjoy the benefits of membership.