How much time does it take to be a member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce?
As much or as little time as you want!
In less than two hours, you can….
• Volunteer time in a Chamber-sponsored event
• Attend a Chamber luncheon, Business After Hours, Chamber Banquet or business seminar
In less than one hour, you can...
• Contact the Chamber with a news item about your business
• Phone the Chamber about your job openings
Even if you have no time to be
• Remember that your Chamber is always watching out for your business interest
• We continually strive to represent our business community and the City of Marion in a professional and positive manner
• We are always available to assist you and welcome any suggestion you may have. Please feel free to call us any time.
The Chamber Advantage...Marion on the Move
• Chamber Monthly Luncheon: A luncheon is held the 1st Tuesday of each month and is currently held at the Ole Feed House at 12:00 noon. It is a great time to meet your fellow Chamber members and guests. Information and influential guest speakers will keep you up to date on many subjects.
• Chamber Monthly Business after Hours: A business after hours is held the 4th Thursday of each month giving you the opportunity to visit with an interesting and diverse membership. It is an event available to be hosted by members only.
• Chamber Business Referral System: The Marion Chamber of Commerce receives many phone calls, e-mails and faxes daily from people or businesses needing services. The Chamber staff directs all inquiries to you and other Chamber businesses.
• Chamber Relocation Packets: For many future residents and businesses their first look at Marion is through our relocation packets. The Chamber mailed out more than 250 packets during 2004 and with the continued growth of our area this number will be on the rise. The packet includes lots of information on Marion, such as city demographics, historical articles, community activities, schools, hotels, restaurants and a list of realty companies. We also include our Chamber Directory and Chamber member’s business literature at no extra charge.
• Chamber Business Directory: The Marion Chamber of Commerce publishes the Chamber Business Directory annually. The Directory list current chamber members by category. This directory is distributed to all chamber members and is given to all new businesses, included in relocation packets and given to visitors upon request. It is one of the most valuable communication tools you have.
• Chamber Newsletter: The Marion Chamber of Commerce publishes a newsletter called “Marion on the Move”. This newsletter is full of information pertaining to current events , informative articles, members spotlight, event calendar and featured speakers.
• Chamber Information Center: Within the Marion Chamber office we have our information center where members display their business literature. Many businesses and visitors come into the office just to find a source for a particular need.
• Chamber Web Site: Our web site www.marionarkansas.org is up and running. Our goal for 2005 is to have the site redesigned. We are currently researching and interviewing prospective web builders. The web site offers the ability to link to your business web site.
• Chamber Education Seminars: In conjunction with the West Memphis Chamber and the Mid-South Community College we have offered a variety of seminars. Watch for future seminars on topics such as health care, business insurance and marketing.
• Chamber Member Plaque: As a Chamber member you will receive a plaque in recognition of your membership to be displayed at your place of business. When you renew your membership we send you a new label to put on your plaque. The plaque is a reminder to our clients and customers of your membership in the Marion Chamber of Commerce.
• Chamber Member Ribbon Cutting/Grand Openings: New and existing businesses are able to set up a photo opportunity for their grand openings, ground breaking ceremonies, special anniversaries, or just simply announce your new membership to other members with a ribbon cutting at your place of business.
• Chamber Legislative Advocacy: The Chamber studies and takes positions on city, state and federal legislative issues that may impact member businesses.
What can the Chamber do for you and your business?
“Marion on the Move” is the slogan for this town of 8,900 plus. In July 2004 Hino Motors Manufacturing, Ltd. of Tokyo, announced the construction of a $160 million automotive parts plant for Marion. During 2004 Marion had already started experiencing growth in the residential area with the Planning Commission’s approval of 900 building lots. In addition there were 160 residential building permits, 13 commercial permits and 194 other permits and 35 new business licenses issued.
The future for our business community is bright and the possibilities are endless. The Marion Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing services to member businesses, improving the quality of life and promoting Marion in the region as a great place for you, your family, and your business.
By joining the Marion Chamber of Commerce, you are helping to further these goals, and showing the public that you are helping support the Chamber and your community.
Business memberships start as low as $150, and individual memberships are only $75.