Being a member of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has its benefits and its rewards.
One of the benefits of being a Chamber member is the fact that businesses can display brochures and business cards in the Chamber office. Oftentimes, that's the first stop on a tourist's journey. Similarly, according to Executive Director Pam Turner, when people call the Chamber for service referrals, only Chamber members are referred.
One benefit that has Turner particularly excited is a partnership created with Embarq, which provides telephone services.
"There will be DSL discounts for Chamber members, as well as an exclusive discount for Chamber members wishing to customize Embarq products and services through the 'Build Your Own Bundle' program. There is a special Chamber code for members in order to receive the discount."
The Embarq deal, she said, is coming soon.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies are often a great starting point in getting to know the services provided by the Chamber. The Chamber organizes the ceremonies, which are meant to showcase a new business, offer an official welcome and advertise services offered by the company.
Another benefit is the fact that, by being a member, a businessperson is automatically provided the opportunity to serve the community through the organization's annual events.
According to Turner, opportunities to become more involved abound. "Absolutely," she says. "I am always seeking volunteers to help with all of the events."
The next big project on the horizon is the annual silent auction and banquet. When business people donate items to be auctioned, it's a unique opportunity to showcase products. Or, if services are the specialty, gift cards work too.
In order to make that event successful, volunteers are needed to make it work.
Another perk is advertising. How? Each month, the Chamber sends out a newsletter, and members have the opportunity to advertise with inserts. New members even receive an article in the newsletter.
The membership directory is often the first resource material a member is likely to look at, said Turner.
One educational benefit has been provided this year through a partnership with Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus. Monthly workshops aimed at "Bettering Your Business" began in October and will continue from now through April. January's topic is about attracting tourists.
Turner's looking forward to seeing the Chamber membership grow. "We're looking for new members, always, of course!" she enthused. She also welcomed current members to offer tips on bettering the organization.
"Always feel free to come by with suggestions and ideas. We'll be glad to see what we can do."
For more information about the Chamber, stop by at 230 E. Edison Avenue or call Turner at 837-5939.