The decline of the economy over the past few years has hit members of the Dyer Chamber of Commerce, and one of the goal for 2013 is to help businesses realize what an asset chamber membership can be, said chamber president, Denise Wiles.
The chamber currently has between 100 and 120 members, and is always looking to boost its ranks, she said. The chamber is overseen by a body of four officers and eight directors.
“We try to meet with new businesses or prospective members and talk to them about how chamber membership can benefit them,” she said.
Some of the membership benefits include networking with other area business owners, monthly meetings and seminars.
Businesses also get to showcase their offerings through ribbon-cuttings and meet and greets. Chamber members also provide food for the monthly meetings, she said.
The chamber also is visible at many community events, including the Corn Roast, which was held at the beginning of August.
Businesses should know that they can rely on the chamber to help them promote their business.
“We talk to them about boosting their visibility, promoting themselves with the shopper and the local newspaper,” she said. “We want to help them build their business. It’s about visibility, and what the chamber can do for them.”
Wiles said it’s important for other businesses to utilize the chamber membership, as well.
“We encourage them to shop local, shop your own,” she said.