THE BENEFITS OF BACC MEMBERSHIP BACC invests in our members and the communities we serve. Our programs are focused on business success and our calendar of events is a calendar of opportunity that helps our members market, network and grow. We create these opportunities by listening to what our membership needs to thrive in the region. We frequently ask our members, “What do you want out of your BACC membership investment?” The responses have a common theme: to make connections, build relationships, get involved in the community, expand awareness of their products and services, and grow their business. BACC is a powerful investment towards achieving these goals.
NETWORKING FOR GROWTH The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business organization in the Barrington region. Our footprint covers 11 communities including Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Long Grove and Tower Lakes. BACC serves more than 840 members dedicated to supporting the success of one another and enhancing the quality of life in our communities. Chamber networking events and programs bring members more than 200 opportunities each year to develop leads, prospects and new customers. These programs enable them to build lasting relationships in the community. Networking opportunities include seven networking groups that meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly; monthly lunchtime and afterhour mixers; signature events that welcome both Chamber members and the community-at-large; networking scrambles; professional development programs; Chamber committees and councils; golf league; multi-Chamber events with regional Chambers; and many more. As a result, BACC offers powerful networking opportunities that help members make connections that lead to business. We are a community of like-minded people who are interested in seeing each other succeed.
REGIONAL MEMBERSHIP MARKETING BACC works constantly to promote its membership. Our aggressive membership marketing program includes two key publications, this BACC Regional Magazine & Resource Directory, and our BACC Community Guide, which together reach 30,000 residents and businesses in the broader 60010 area, putting members’ information directly in the hands of people who will use their products and services. We are the only area Chamber to produce two important publications that have become sought-after regional resources. BACC also produces a Barrington area map, which is requested by hundreds each year. Our website is another active referral resource aggressively marketing our members. The site, www.BarringtonChamber.com, receives 3 million
hits a year from residents and business members looking for business information, resources, local events, job openings, hot deal coupons and more. Our website activity includes thousands of targeted searches that put membership information in front of motivated buyers looking for those specific products and services. Our BACC Welcome Neighbor program mails a colorful brochure each month to every new resident in 60010, putting Chamber member information in front of new residents just as they are developing new buying decisions. BACC gives members the marketing tools and resources to expand their awareness and make an impression in our communities.
EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY Throughout the year, BACC offers numerous professional development and skill building programs for its members and the public – topics run the gamut from social media and branding to mental health issues affecting our families. The programs help them build relationships while they learn new skills, and become better informed citizens. As a voice for business in the community, the BACC Government Affairs Council monitors local issues to keep members informed and organizes important events each year to put area leaders in front of business. Our Economic Summit held each February gathers the mayors of 11 communities to update us on community issues and provide our members with direct access to answer their questions and concerns. The event continually receives rave reviews from local business leaders.
INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY BACC members are dedicated to serving the community, getting involved and giving back. BACC invests in many community events and awards scholarships each year to local high school students. BACC is involved in numerous educational activities through Barrington Community School District 220. Each year we gather mentors for the Fresh Start entrepreneurial program for fifth-grade students. We keep our members informed of coaching and mentoring opportunities throughout the year at the high school and the elementary schools. Members can also serve on BACC committees that plan and manage important events for members and the community, get involved on a standing council that mentors new members, or bring their skills and expertise to share with others. Because a broad range of local nonprofit members use BACC to promote and communicate their activities, BACC members are attuned to many service opportunities and chances to invest back. Collectively BACC members make the Barrington area a wonderful community to live, work and enjoy.
BARRINGTON AREA REGIONAL MAGAZINE & RESOURCE DIRECTORY | 2016-17 EDITION
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