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DISCOVER THE ADVANTAGES Market your business with LHAChamber


A MESSAGE FROM CHARLIE DROMGOOLE

Chamber President and Member Advocate Your investment in the Lake Houston Area Chamber is not only a sound business strategy, but a commitment to the economic progress of our region. As the voice of business for 89 years, the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce has been the community’s catalyst for business development and prosperity. The Chamber works hard to create a climate of growth and success for all business regardless of size or industry. There are two primary functions of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce: 1. To act as the spokesperson for the business community and translate into action the group thinking of its membership. 2. To provide specific services that can be most effectively rendered by a community organization for the benefit of its members and the community as a whole.

More than 1,000 businesses, organizations and individuals have invested in the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. Our Board and staff are constantly striving in all that we do to provide our members a return on their investment. Leveraging the support, talent and resources of our diverse member businesses helps position the Lake Houston Area Chamber as one of the leading organizations working to improve the economic vitality and quality of life for Northeast Houston. Investment in the Lake Houston Area Chamber gives your business a competitive advantage. Expect accessibility to leadership opportunities, businessbuilding initiatives and connections to community and business leaders. Discover the advantages of membership.

Our Mission: The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is a cooperative effort of business people to attract new business, support and strengthen the business environment, serve the needs of the members and cooperate with civic leaders and other interested parties to promote community growth. Service Area: Boundaries include the City of Humble and a portion of northeast Harris County and south Montgomery County from New Caney to the north, Huffman to the east, Aldine Westfield Road to the west and Beltway 8 to the south.


WHY INVEST IN YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER? When you invest in the Chamber, you gain a new business partner, as well as opportunities to meet potential clients, expand contacts, increase management expertise and become involved in issues affecting your business and community.

Q: Why should you invest in your local chamber of commerce? A: Because membership in the local chamber offers scores of benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, everchanging issues and trends within their community and local marketplace. Research proves that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce.

According to a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably. Consider the following: Being an integral part of the local chamber boosts your ability to communicate that your company uses good business practices by 29 percent and by 26 percent for communicating that your business is reputable. If a company shows strong participation in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community and is an industry leader.

63%

Of customers are more likely to purchase goods & services from members

When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.

59%

Of consumers think being an active member is an effective business strategy

When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43 percent more likely to consider buying insurance from it.

TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN THE CHAMBER: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Bring credibility to your business Increase your visibility in the community Gain a voice in government Acquire customer referrals Promotion and publicity

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Make business contacts Create networking opportunities Attend chamber events and programs Access members-only discounts and services Receive chamber communications


Please attach a business card.

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Business Name: __________________________________________________________________ Physical Address: ________________________________ City: _______________ Zip:___________ Mailing Address: _________________________________ City: _______________ Zip:___________ (If different from street address)

Billing Address: __________________________________ City: _______________ Zip:___________ (If different from street address)

Email: ______________________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Website: ____________________________________________ Fax: ________________________ Business Category: _______________________ Additional Listing(s): _________________________ (Additional fees may be assessed depending on your membership level) ___________________________________________________________

My business is:

(Please circle any that apply)

Minority-owned

Woman-owned

Under new ownership

Number of Employees: __________ Years in Business: __________

REPRESENTATIVE CONTACT INFORMATION

Primary Contact: Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr. _____________________________________________________ Title: ____________________________________ Email: ________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Fax: _________________________________ Billing Contact: Mr. Ms. Mrs. Dr. _______________________________________________________ Title: ____________________________________ Email: ________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Fax: _________________________________ Additional Representatives: Name: ____________________________________ Email: _______________________________

Opt in to receive e-communications from the Chamber

Name: ____________________________________ Email: _______________________________

Opt in to receive e-communications from the Chamber

PAYMENT OPTIONS

If paying by credit card, I authorize the Chamber to automatically debit my card on my annual anniversary date. I understand that I can discontinue this at any time. Please call the Chamber office to pay by credit card over the phone. If paying with a check, please include your check number on this application.

Membership Level: _______________ Amount: $__________ Circle One: Cash

Credit Card

Check# ______

Signature: _____________________________________ Date: ____________________


WE HEAR YOU... WELCOME TO THE CUSTOMIZED COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN Email is the preferred method of communication for most of our members so we send e-blasts to deliver updates on Chamber news, events, volunteer opportunities and more. We understand that our members get lots of emails every day and we only want to send messages that you want to read. Please help us customize our communication by sharing what types of messages you are interested in receiving. Check examples below and return this page with your application, or talk it over with Chamber staff to develop a custom communication plan that works best for your business. Weekly Update & Monthly E-Calendar Delivered to all Chamber members

Member-Sponsored News

Continued Education Opportunities Leadership Lake Houston, Chamber 101, Chamber Seminar Series

By checking the box above I opt in to receive Member-Sponsored News

Receive news, advertisements, coupons, deals and announcements from your fellow Chamber members

Chamber news via text message By checking the box above I opt in to receive texts from the Chamber

Networking Opportunities New Member Welcome Reception, Business After Hours Annual Events Lake Houston 10k/5k, Chamber Gala, Business Expo, Chamber Golf Classic, Tasting The Town Government Advocacy and Political Action Public Policy Forums, Elected Officials Reception, Legislative Trip to DC Publicity and Advertising Opportunities Community Guide and Directory, web advertising BizCom Meetings Astascocita, Humble, Kingwood & Summer Creek Monthly Luncheons Awards Luncheon, Economic Outlook, Peace Officer and Firefighter of the Year, Teachers of the Year, Salute to Healthcare Volunteer Opportunities

Chamber news from social media Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Other: ___________ I prefer traditional printed mail I do not want to receive Chamber news Note, if opt out, you will not get any e-communications from the Chamber. Notes and Comments: __________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

110 West Main Street Humble, Texas 77338 P: 281-466-2128 F: 281-446-7483 www.lakehouston.org


NEW MEMBER BENEFITS The benefits listed below are applicable during first 12 months of membership. New Member Benefits Opportunity to speak at a Third Tuesday luncheon following plaque presentation Photo of plaque presentation placed in the local newspaper Plaque presentation and one complimentary lunch at a Third Tuesday Luncheon Plaque presentation photo placed in Weekly Update Complimentary table display at one New Member Welcome Reception Recognition of new membership on Chamber website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Ribbon cutting or ground breaking ceremony with photo in local newspaper for businesses within the first year of opening, for expansions/remodels, for new locations or new ownership Multi-year memberships must be paid in full at time of joining: 2-year membership = 10% discount 3-year membership = 15% discount

Elite

Executive Partner Premium

Basic


BASIC MEMBERSHIP Investment - $300 Total Value: $1,960 Not available for 25+ Employees

Marketing & Visibility

Benefits & Services

• Networking Opportunities – Access to more than 50 events per year providing contact with business leaders. Events include: Third Tuesday Luncheons, Business After Hours, Public Policy Forums, Chamber Seminar Series, New Member Welcome Receptions, BizCom Community Meetings, Annual Chamber Gala, Lake Houston Business Expo, Chamber Golf Classic, Party on the Green, Lake Houston 10k/5k and Tasting The Town • Free distribution of company marketing material in Chamber visitor center • Online business card on Chamber website • Links to your website, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts from Chamber’s online directory • Business listings in the online directory and in the Annual Community Guide & Directory • Member window decal, virtual membership plaque and use of Chamber logo for advertising and marketing materials • News & Events promoted in the Weekly Update • Member-only advertising opportunities • Business referrals by phone and online

• Discounted Member pricing for seminars, luncheons and events • Chamber 101 invitation • Subscription to the Chamber Weekly Update • Free SCORE Business Counseling • Representation at local, state & federal governments • Complimentary use of the Chamber boardroom • Customized demographic reports upon request • Member-only access to LHAC website features, including Hot Deal and Hot Job postings • Unlimited number of member representatives • Certificates of Origin processing

Chamber Affinity Programs: • Elite Series Chamber Program: Hospital Indemnity, Term Life, RX Benefits • Constant Contact Chamber Discount Program • Office Depot Chamber Member Discounts

New Member Benefits (Applicable during first 12 months of membership) • Complimentary table display at one New Member Welcome Reception • Recognition of new membership on Chamber website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts • Ribbon Cutting or Ground Breaking Ceremony with photo in local newspaper for businesses within the first year of opening or for expansions, remodels, new locations or new ownership


PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP Investment - $600 Total Value: $2,780 All the advantages Basic Membership PLUS

Marketing & Visibility • • • • •

Online ad on the home page of the Chamber’s website each year for 45 days VIP “Invitation Only” events Highlighted listing on Chamber’s website directory Starred alpha & business category listings in the Community Guide & Directory Special recognition at Chamber events and luncheons

Benefits & Services • • • •

One additional location listing (two locations total) One additional business category listing (two listings total) Special Membership Plaque Special “Classic” virtual membership plaque

New Member Benefits

(applicable during first 12 months of membership) • Plaque presentation and one complimentary lunch at a Third Tuesday Luncheon • Plaque presentation photo in the Weekly Update E-Newsletter


PARTNER MEMBERSHIP Investment - $1,200 Total Value: $3,610 All the advantages Premium Membership PLUS

Marketing & Visibility • • • • • • •

Online ad on the home page of the Chamber’s website each year for three months Spotlight with logo annually in the Weekly Update E-newsletter upon renewal Special name recognition in the Community Guide & Directory One E-Blast per year Opportunity to place promotional items in new member swag bags Recognition on PowerPoint display at all Third Tuesday Luncheons Listing and hyperlink on the Investors page of the Chamber website

Benefits & Services • • • • • •

Two additional location listings (three locations total) Two additional business category listings (three listings total) Special “Partner Member” membership plaque Special “Partner Member” virtual membership plaque Complimentary set of mailing labels per year (upon request) Waived application fee for Leadership Lake Houston application

New Member Benefits (applicable during first 12 months of membership) • Photo of plaque presentation placed in the local newspaper


EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP Investment - $2,500 Total Value: $7,970 All the advantages Partner Membership PLUS

Marketing & Visibility • • • • • • •

Online ad on the home page of the Chamber’s website each year for six months Spotlight with logo & contact information published annually in the Weekly Update upon renewal Recognition Board on display at Chamber office and Chamber events Logo on footer of invoices, Chamber letterhead, Weekly Update E-newsletter and E-Calendar Two E-Blasts per year Business spotlight, logo and hyperlink on Investor page of Chamber website Logo recognition on PowerPoint display at all Third Tuesday Luncheons

Benefits & Services • • • • • •

Four additional location listings (five locations total) Four additional business category listings (five listings total) Invitation to “Investors Lunch” with Chamber Board Chair & Chamber President Special “Executive Member” membership plaque Special “Executive Member” virtual membership plaque Three complimentary sets of mailing labels per year (upon request)


ELITE MEMBERSHIP Investment - $5,000 Total Value: $12,495 All the advantages Executive Membership PLUS

Marketing & Visibility • • • • • •

Logo prominently displayed on the home page of the Chamber website $1,000 Chamber Bucks credit Business spotlight with logo & contact information published in the annual Community Guide & Directory Logo on footer of invoices, Chamber letterhead, Weekly Update E-Newsletter and E-Calendar Three E-Blasts per year Business spotlight with logo, contact information and hyperlink on Investor page of Chamber website

Benefits & Services • • • • • •

Annual one-on-one breakfast or lunch with Chamber President and/or Chamber Board Chair Nine additional location listings (10 locations total) Five additional business category listings (six listings total) Special “Elite Member” membership plaque Special “Elite Member” virtual membership plaque Five complimentary sets of mailing labels per year (upon request)

New Member Benefits (applicable during first 12 months of membership) • Opportunity to speak at the Third Tuesday Luncheon following plaque presentation


Investment Level

Elite

Executive

Partner

Premium

Basic

Annual Investment

$5,000

$2,500

$1,200

$600

$300

Logo displayed on Chamber homepage Chamber Bucks Chamber concierge service Annual one-on-one meeting with President “Investors Lunch” with Board Chair & President Recognition Board at Chamber office and events Logo on footer of invoices & Chamber letterhead Logo on footer of Weekly Update, E-Calendar Spotlight in a Weekly Update upon renewal Listing & link on Investor Page of LAHC website

X $1,000 X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X

X X

Recognition in the Community Guide & Directory Recognition at Third Tuesday Luncheons Complimentary set of mailing labels per year Member-Sponsored E-Blasts Waived app fee for Leadership Lake Houston

X Logo 5 3 X

X Logo 3 2 X

X Name 1 1 X

Place promo items in New Member swag bags Additional location listings Online ad on Chamber homepage VIP invitation-only events Highlighted listing on Chamber’s web directory Starred listing in the Community Guide Additional category listings Special membership plaque Recognition at Chamber events and luncheons

X 9 6 mo X X X 5 X X

X 4 6 mo X X X 4 X X

X 2 3 mo X X X 2 X X

1 45 days X X X 1 X X

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Chamber window decal, virtual membership plaque & use of Chamber logo for advertising Networking opportunities, more than 50 events Discount prices on seminars, luncheons & events Chamber 101 invitation Subscription to the Weekly Update E-Newsletter Distribution of materials in visitor center Online business card on Chamber website Links to your website & social accounts Business listings in Chamber’s online directory & Annual Community Guide & Directory News & events promoted in Weekly Update Member-only advertising opportunities Business referrals by phone and online Free SCORE Business Counseling Representation at local, state & federal govt Free use of Chamber boardroom for business Customized demographic reports upon request Member-only access to Hot Deals & Hot Jobs Unlimited number of member representatives Certificates of Origin Processing

*For a full list of membership benefits, visit www.lakehouston.org/memberbenefits


DISCOVER THE VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is the only private-sector non-profit organization that is looking for the needs of all businesses. The Chamber Board of Directors, staff and volunteers work on issues such as workforce development, transportation, economic development and lobbing for businesses at all levels of government. We are the voice of business and our only objective is to work to create an environment where business can prosper.

Our coverage area includes Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Fall Creek, Summerwood and portions of Spring, all of which are experiencing robust population and economic growth. We are strategically situated at the crossroads between major transportation corridors (US 59 & Beltway 8), George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and the Houston Ship Channel. It’s an infrastructure ready made for business success.

Access to business partners & resources

Flourishing socioeconomic environment

More than 1,100 Chamber Members

$570,628 residents’ average net worth

190 New Members every calendar year

$82,878 average household income

233,144 online Member referrals in 2012

$66,886 average disposable income

59,404 employees working in our area

13,259 businesses located in our coverage area

Ranked 7th Largest Houston-Area Chamber by Houston Business Journal

77345 ranked #3 for Houston’s most wealthy zip codes

Lake Houston Area Residents Enjoy Access To: 612 Restaurants 173 Banks 60 Hotels 19 Parks

Sources: Dun & Bradstreet Oct. 2013, Esri Forecasts for 2012, Houston Business Journal, Office of External Affairs Lone Star College System, U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary


TIERED MEMBERSHIP Discover the Advantages

JOIN TODAY and Discover The Advantages of Membership. Jenna Armstrong, IOM Chief Operations Officer jarmstrong@lakehouston.org Stephanie Johnson Investor Sales & Service Director sjohnson@lakehouston.org Trish Helmerich Member Relations Director thelmerich@lakehouston.org 110 West Main Street Humble, Texas 77338 Phone: 281-466-2128 Fax: 281-446-7483 www.lakehouston.org

Copyright Š 2014, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. This publication was produced exclusively for LHAChamber. Reproduction, in whole or in part, without expressed consent is prohibited. We endeavor to provide information that is accurate, up to date and correct, but make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information in this brochure. Information is subject to change at any time and should be used for general information purposes only. We appreciate our Members! Please call us if you have questions or concerns.

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