What does the Chamber of Commerce do? The West Memphis Chamber is an eclectic group of civic, community, business and professional leaders, with a common goal of: • strengthening our area's existing businesses and serving as a promoter for our commerce • building and nurturing partnerships that provide a qualified workforce linked to specified industry, effective infrastructure and consistent growth and prosperity • utilizing our people, programs, and resources to connect members in order to promote success and growth within the community
What are the member benefits? Since 1946, the West Memphis Chamber has been the number one supporter for businesses in the delta. The West Memphis Chamber is a private, non-profit, membership-driven consortium that works every day to make West Memphis attractive to new industries and help connect companies in our area. The Chamber offers a variety of events, programs, and benefits to our members. See the list below for just a few of those benefits:
- Advertising & Marketing: All of our members are listed on the Chamber web page. The radio station KWAM offers free slots to our members that like radio advertising. Our members and their contact information are listed in our relocation packets and visitor guides. In the lobby of the Chamber office, we display any marketing material you supply us with about your company/organization. For our members only, you may subscribe to the Chamber distribution email list. We also utilize social media such as Facebook.
- Networking: Increase the visibility of your business/organization by participating in one of the Chamber's events such as Business After Hours, which allows members to meet other members and local business leaders in person. There are several networking opportunities throughout the year between the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Office of Tourism and Main Street West Memphis. A Calendar of Events is currently under construction, please contact the Chamber office for more details.
- Referrals: Who do they call when they need a name of a repair shop? Or is there a local shoe shop? They call your West Memphis Chamber of Commerce; and we refer our members! Some members may offer a Member-to-Member discount as an additional referral source. One of our superior features of being a Chamber member is our referral program in our own hometown.
- Ribbon Cuttings: Showcase your grand opening or re-grand opening with a complimentary ribbon cutting ceremony. The Chamber Staff provides the materials for the cutting and will present you with a certificate adorned with the West Memphis seal. We submit our photo and ceremony information to the local newspaper for another free media opportunity to our members.
Who runs the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce?
The Chamber is presided over by a thirty member volunteer Board of Directors in which they set the policies and procedures set forth in the bylaws. Within the Board of Directors, there are nine Chamber Committees that focus on specifics in our community and any Chamber involvement that is also led by a volunteer Board member. Presently, the day-to-day operations are supervised by an Executive Director, followed by a Public Relations Coordinator, to lead in public relations, membership retention, promotions, special events and Jr. Leadership.
How can I get involved?
The West Memphis Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-driven organization that depends on you, the member, to help carry out our mission. If you are considering joining the West Memphis Chamber, now is the time! We have strong local support and the drive to continue to support economic growth in our area, workforce development in the delta and making West Memphis the place you want to live. The Chamber has many opportunities for its members: discounts, referrals, become a Diplomat, volunteer on the Board, lead a Chamber Committee, host an Open House and many more. For more information email the Chamber office at firstname.lastname@example.org.