Membership in the Chamber provides organizations keen insight into the Lafayette and Acadiana business community and facilitates active involvement with the community, other businesses, vendors and your customers. A modest, and tax deductible, investment in a Chamber membership buys your organization a wealth of benefits.
TOP TEN REASONS TO BE A CHAMBER MEMBER
Reason #10 Make great business contacts!
Among the most visible and meaningful advantages Chamber membership offers is the opportunity to establish business contacts and relationships. Through this ongoing personal interaction, members develop a variety of resources and alliances that can help them build their businesses.
Reason #9 Save bucks and lower your cost of doing business with other Chamber members!
The Chamber's Member2Member Benefits Program & Office Depot Affinity Program enables you to save on products and services you and your company use every day. From wellness exam to office supplies and computers, the money you will save on a single purchase can pay for your annual dues and more...and it is FREE to participate!
Reason #8 Join a Division!
Several divisions work to help the Chamber achieve strategic goals, set annually. A hands-on approach gives members the chance to learn and grow, personally and professionally. It provides members with an up-close view of what really makes our community run.
Reason #7 Key Networking events.
Whether it's our monthly Business After Hours event, our Annual Banquet or the Golf Classic, you'd be hard-pressed not to have a great time. Add to that monthly breakfast events and you've got a calendar full of fun events you can attend at a premium price.
Reason #6 Get all of the news you can use!
The Chamber is in the information business. The monthly publication is featured in ABIZ a publication of The Independent. The Chamber's electronic newsletter, the e-flash, is emailed to over 4,000 subscribers. The website, lafchamber.org, features the latest community, economic development, member and Chamber news stories.
Reason #5 Market your business to the city, the state, the region and Beyond!
Thousands of new residents and visitors stop by the Chamber office each year for information on local businesses. The Chamber staff only refers our members to these guests. Each Chamber member is listed in both our printed and online Membership Directory by category, company name & key representatives name.
Reason #4 Get your voice heard!
The Chamber offers you an opportunity to stand side-by-side with the state's business and civic leaders to become involved in issues that matter and to make your opinions count. The Chamber has its own public advocacy website, lafayettevoices.com. This is a grassroots tool used to generate interest on issues that are relevant to the Lafayette business community. The goal is to encourage businesses to take a more hands-on approach to legislative and political processes.
Reason #3 Have Access to elected officials!
Issues that impact your bottom line are addressed and lobbied by the professional staff and investors. The Chamber provides regular face-to-face meeting opportunities with local, state and national elected officials at events like our Legislative Issues Luncheon and Building Community Conference and in committees like the Public Policy Division.
Reason #2 Contribute to building a stronger economy!
The Chamber champions policies, practices and activities that foster business retention and business development. Businesses create jobs. A healthy business environment is highly needed to promote a stable economy for Lafayette.
Reason #1 Invest in the future of Lafayette!
So, your business has been successful without the Chamber. Why should you join? The Chamber's ultimate goal is to improve the business environment, the economic health, and development and prosperity of the region. While many of our efforts and services can and will be of direct and material assistance to you, it is absolutely certain that our programs are indirectly helpful to all business and professional people, as well as the communities we serve, and your membership fee is 85% tax deductible.