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BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

The Chamber is Orangeburg County’s oldest and largest business advocacy organization. Membership in the Chamber is a sound business investment. From saving you money on basic business services to representing your voice on regulatory issues, the Chamber works to make your business stronger.

ADVOCACY

Governmental Issues:   Through its Division of Pubic Affairs, the Chamber monitors governmental issues on the city, county, state and national levels.

Legislative Agenda:   The Chamber participates each year in a Grassroots forum to gather concerns for legislative action. Each Chamber member has an opportunity for input through this event.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Alliances with Economic Development Organizations:   The Chamber works closely with the Orangeburg County Development Commission to support its efforts and provides logistical and “back office” assistance to the Orangeburg County Economic Development Partnership. The Chamber also works with the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association on numerous projects.

Assistance for Startup Businesses:   The Chamber can assist with making contact with the SCSU Small Business Development Center for individuals interested in starting a business.

Educational Programs:   The Chamber operates the Junior Leadership Program for selected 11th grade students from our county’s public and independent schools and provides scholarships each year for outstanding students.

Health Insurance Availability:   True Blue Partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield is available to Chamber members.

Online Business Resources:   Comprehensive business resource and linkages are included on the Chamber’s website.

Orangeburg County Quality of Life Magazine:   The Chamber publishes the biennial Quality of Life magazine as a high-quality recruitment tool for potential businesses and industries.

Statistical Data:   The Chamber is your source for information relating to Orangeburg County’s business climate.

Website:   The Chamber operates an attractive and up-to-date website to serve as a portal to Orangeburg County for prospective businesses and visitors.

MARKETING SUPPORT

Brochure Display:   Chamber members may display brochures on a space-available basis in the Chamber lobby for all members and visitors to Orangeburg County to peruse.

Business & Professional Guide:   Listings in the Business & Professional Guide put the name of your business in the hands of thousands of people who are looking for products and services.  Distribution includes newcomers, mail inquiry responses, the Chamber website, the 24,150 readers of The Times and Democrats well as the 350,000 unique visitors to TheTandD.com.

Business Referrals:   The Chamber receives thousands of calls per year from consumers seeking information on products and services.  Chamber members receive top priority for referrals from Chamber staff.

Increase Credibility:   Chamber membership offers increased credibility for your business.  The Chamber membership decal is immediately recognized throughout the community as a sign of credibility.

Meeting Rooms:   Meeting rooms at the Chamber facility are available at greatly reduced cost for marketing and training purposes.

Onward Orangeburg County Newsletter:   A monthly newsletter showcasing Chamber events, ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and Shop Local news.  Distribution includes the Chamber website, the 24,150 readers of The Times and Democrat as well as the 350,000 unique visitors to TheTandD.com.

Recognition of Exemplary Businesses:   The Chamber maintains an awards program to honor outstanding members at the annual banquet.

Ribbon Cutting:   Gain visibility for your new business through ribbon cuttings.  The Chamber will provide a Dignitary/VIP list, scissors and coverage in our monthly newsletter.

Visitors & Tourism Guide:   Advertisements are provided to Chamber members at reduced rates. Annual distribution of 10,000 plus availability on the Chamber website and the Visitors & Tourism Guide website.

Website Links:   Chamber members have a listing on www.orangeburgchamber.com that includes a link to the member’s website.

NETWORKING

Administrative Professionals Luncheon:   A luncheon held annually on Administrative Professionals Day to honor vital support staff.

Annual Banquet:   The capstone event of the year, the Annual Banquet recognizes Chamber members for outstanding service and community leadership.

Business After Hours:   Discover potential customers, meet business associates and community leaders, and learn what other businesses have to offer – all in a relaxed social setting.

Business EXPO:   Held annually, this event provides the opportunity to market your business to approximately 750 potential customers through display and interaction with other chamber members and the citizens of Orangeburg County.

Chamber Committees:   Help shape the direction of the Chamber and increase your company’s visibility by participating in Chamber committees and activities.

Fall Golf Tournament:   Your opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and recreation with other county movers and shakers.

Leadership Orangeburg County:   Brings tomorrow’s leaders together with the leaders of today for ten informed sessions concerning what Orangeburg County has to offer.

Orangeburg Young Professionals:   An organization to connect, empower and retain young professionals in Orangeburg by creating a platform for our members to build relationships, create opportunities, develop professionally, become involved in the community and contribute to local economic development.

TOURISM PROMOTION

Leadership for Tourism:   The Chamber is designated as the lead agency for tourism by the County of Orangeburg and the City of Orangeburg.

Orangeburg Festival of Roses:   The Chamber co-sponsors the annual festival which attracts 20,000 people to the Edisto Memorial Gardens each spring.

Visitors & Tourism Guide:   The Chamber publishes an annual Visitors & Tourism Guide, which is distributed at South Carolina Welcome Centers and other outlets. Find this guide online at  www.orangeburgtourism.com

Visitors Center:   The Chamber operates a visitor’s center at the Chamber facility to provide guests with information about Orangeburg County.

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