MEMBER BENEFITS The CAROL STREAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is a private, voluntary, nonprofit 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 members at their competitive best. We are committed to helping you network and build your business. Some of our benefits and programs for 2016 and 2017 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 second Wednesday of the month. Each attendee communicates their name and 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. Held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in one of our member’s businesses. It’s a FREE event! NETWORKING IN THE MORNING: This early morning gathering opportunity gives some of our members the flexibility to network, when they otherwise could not. A free and valuable event with its own special 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. Ask about the “Polka Dot Progressive Luncheon.” BUSINESS-COMMUNITY DIRECTORY: This handy reference tool featuring only Chamber members is used extensively in Carol Stream. Thousands of directories are printed and delivered
to businesses in Carol Stream and distributed through local businesses, the village hall and library. BROWN BAG “LUNCH N’ LEARN”: Casual networking gatherings with informative speakers. Never a sales presentation, this event is 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 plus 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 through ChamberMaster, complete with contacts addresses, website 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. NEWS RELEASES: Carol Stream Chamber members reach out into the community with free postings of news releases posted directly into ChamberMaster, visible on our website. MYCHAMBERAPP: Members have the power of this app through the Carol Stream Chamber. Upgrade for a very low, low fee to pump up your exposure. SPECIAL EVENTS that help fund the Chamber include an annual golf classic, St. Patty’s Day Reverse Raffle and the Holiday Social. Additionally, members can be a part of two B-toB/B-to-C Expos: the Five Star Business & Health Expo along with the “What Women Want” Expo Sept. 23, 2016.
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