Benefits - Additional Benefits
Your membership in the Chamber of Commerce entitles you to a full suite of services to help your business thrive.
Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Services
As a Chamber member, you can hold a ribbon cutting at your place of business to commemorate your grand opening. Members of the Concho Cadre, the Chamber’s VIP host group, will conduct your ceremony. We will also invite a representative of the City of San Angelo. We will photograph your event and publish it in the Action Report, the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, and in the Standard-Times.
The Chamber offers opportunities throughout the year for members to attend functions and meet fellow members...and potential new customers! We encourage you to attend any or all of these events:
- Annual Banquet
- Monthly Luncheons
- Member Orientations
- Monthly Business@Happy Hour
- Business Expo
At Business@Happy Hour networking events approximately 150 members meet, exchange business cards and develop new contacts. Business@Happy Hour is held at a different location the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Bulk Mail Services
Chamber members are invited to use our bulk mail permit for mailouts. Bulk mail permits are costly and we know that not every business has one. If you are a Chamber member, you can take advantage of the discounts available through bulk mail by calling us when you are ready to do your next mailing of 200 or more identical pieces, sorted by zipcode. For your convenience, we will process your mailer, deliver it to the post office and send you a bill for the postage…and we’ll always show you just how much you saved!
Example: 1,000 letters or flyers @ $.45 first class postage = $450.00
1,000 letters or flyers @ $.281 bulk rate postage = $281.00
Your Chamber member savings: $169.00
Business LeadsPut your membership to work for you by accessing business leads. As an exclusive Chamber member benefit, you may request a free subscription to our newcomer’s list. Delivered to you once per month, this up-to-the-minute list provides you with the names and addresses of new San Angelo residents and prospective new residents who have contacted us for relocation information. Many Chamber members use the newcomer’s list to introduce themselves or give special offers to San Angelo’s newest consumers.
Many people turn to the Chamber for referrals and recommendations. When you join the Chamber, we gather as much information about your business as possible so that we can send business your way. Referrals are sent your way via phone calls, e-mail and our Web site. We only recommend Chamber member businesses! Click Here for Business Directory
Many of our Chamber members have generously donated discounts of goods and services for new Chamber members to enjoy. Certificates of redemption are mailed to you in your Chamber member newcomer packet. Discounts are as follows:
- Printing discounts of 20-25% offered by three local printers
- Discounts applicable to your first orders of business cards, letterhead, envelopes, business forms, checks, mailing labels, imprinted calendars & pens, coffee mugs, etc.
- 35-40% discount on certain furniture orders
- 25% discount on first 3 months of business bookkeeping or payroll services - with no setup fee
- High speed internet for your business at residential price
- 25% discount on all window covering products except shutters
- 10% discount on Xerox copiers, printers and fax machines
- 10% discount on installation or equipment for telephone systems
- $150 discount on website development
You can be part of the decision-making process that affects our entire community. Through committee participation and attendance at Chamber functions, you are helping to gain exposure for your business while helping your City to grow and prosper.
The Chamber is an advocate for your business. It is very important that appropriate attention be given to issues that affect our community and your business at the state and national levels. The Chamber leads that effort through its legislative affairs program. Chamber officials make frequent trips to Austin and Washington D.C. to remain abreast of issues that affect our region. Working with our Washington lobbyist, we are able to proactively pursue federal funding for community improvements. Recently, our aggressive efforts were rewarded when Goodfellow Air Force Base was spared from the base closure list. We will continue to work with our elected officials to pursue additional and expanded missions for our base.
The Annual West Texas Legislative Summit is an award-winning event which brings together hundreds of elected officials from throughout West Texas. This event, usually held in August, provides a forum for West Texas community representatives to spend a day addressing our common legislative priorities. Our goal is to do what West Texans have always done – pull together to thrive and prosper, no matter what the obstacle!
Your membership dues to the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce are deductible as a business expense.