THE VALUE OF JOINING A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Did you know that Chamber membership affects consumer outcomes for both large and small businesses? Consider results from a research study conducted by the Schapiro Group…

When consumers know that a large business is a member of the chamber, they are likely to patronize the company more often, to express favorable opinions about the company, to know more about the company, and to buy the company’s products. Let’s look at two large business examples:

  •  When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  •  When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.

The impact is similar for small businesses:

  •  When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

Do you know of companies that would benefit from this added value? Do you do business with non-chamber members? Our Chamber’s Membership Division could use your assistance with warm leads for our business development representatives to call upon. If you can help, please send the company name and address, the decision maker’s name, phone number and email address to chamber@heb.org. This will help us expand our local reach and reinforce the value of joining the chamber. Refer a friend who joins the chamber and we’ll spotlight your business in our next Chamber Connection!

NCAA Final Four in North Texas

Last week’s HEB Chamber Luncheon featured Amanda Whitelaw from the local organizing committee of the NCAA Final Four coming at AT&T Stadium on April 5 and 7. There is quite a variety of activities coming up in addition to the basketball games themselves. Here’s a quick list of events:

  1. Tip-Off Tailgate
  2. Watch the Final Four Teams Practice
  3. Reese’s College All-Star Game
  4. NCAA March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park in Downtown Dallas
  5. Final Four Fan Fest at the Convention Center in Dallas
  6. 5k Road to the Final Four
  7. NCAA Final Four Dribble
  8. …and others

The organizers have set up a robust website at http://ncaa.com/FinalFour.  Here you can find out information about the events mentioned above, tickets to the games, and opportunities to volunteer.

The HEB Chamber is always welcoming new members, and hosts influential speakers every month.  Find out more about the Chamber here.

HEB Chamber Luncheons

 

What do the Final Four, why HEB is a good location for businesses, the Olympics and HEB ISD have in common?

They are each topics of speakers in 2014 at the HEB Chamber membership luncheons!

The Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce has eleven luncheons every year with speakers like former Olympian Lanny Basham, Bill Sandbrook of U. S. Concrete, a representative of the Final Four Host Committee and HEB ISD Superintendent of Schools Steve Chapman.  The luncheons are held the third Thursday each month at the First United Methodist Church of Hurst.

Not only can you be informed about issues that affect the community, hear about current events and be motivated by the speakers, you can network with over 100 business people and civic leaders.  In addition, display tables are available for you to promote your product or service.  You can also advertise your business by donating a door prize.

So join us for the next luncheon – Thursday, February 13!  Networking begins at 11:00 a.m., the buffet line opens at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at Noon.  Call the HEB Chamber office 817/283-1521 to make a reservation or go online to www.heb.org and look for the Calendar of Events in the middle of the home page.

I hope to see you then – and of course at the EXPO on March 7!

Mary Frazior, President & CEO, Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce

HEB Chamber EXPO, March 7, 2014

 

When’s the best time to plant a tree?  20 Years Ago!  When’s the next best time?  TODAY!  Plant your product or service in the minds of the business and community leaders of Hurst Euless Bedford by participating in the HEB Chamber’s EXPO on Friday, March 7.  It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, 76054.

Sponsorships and Exhibit Space are still available – sponsorships start at $499 and include a booth.  Exhibit space starts at $250 and is available for Chamber members as well as non-members.  Tickets are $10 per person.

Meet potential clients and customers, sample food from area restaurants and register for door prizes.  Find out what you can purchase from area businesses and let them know what you and your company have to offer.

This annual event is hosted by the HEB Chamber of Commerce and the Hurst Euless Bedford Economic Development Foundation.  For more information call the Chamber at 817/283-1521 or go to our website, www.heb.org.

If you’re looking for an edge for 2014, EXPO on March 7 is the place for you!

Mary Martin Frazior, IOM

President & CEO

HEB Chamber of Commerce

Stan the Man’s 18th Annual Chili Challenge

With 16 entries from spicy to eclectic, the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners, but they did!

                Best Team Spirit – Shield Awards & Promotions

                Spiciest Chili – James B. Wright, DDS

                Mildest Chili – Garrett Spegar State Farm Agency

                Most Unusual Chili – Reflections of Health

                Overall Best Chili – Insurance of Mid Cities Agency

                 – who will represent the Chamber at the Classic Chevrolet Multi Chamber Chili Cook Off on November 12.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up and take down everything in the parking lot.  Our appreciation goes to Tom Hingst and Bill Brookman for grilling the hot dogs, to David Pollard of FX Entertainment for the music, to judges HEB ISD Trustee Andy Cargile, Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, HEB Chamber 2014 Chair-elect Michael Land and Euless Mayor Mary Lib Saleh,  and to Shield Awards & Promotions for donating the winners’ rosettes for the 18th year.

Contributions from Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth, Ben E. Keith/Budweiser, Coca Cola Refreshments, USA, Inc., Wal Mart Super Store in Bedford and Tom Thumb, Hurst made the evening special, as did all the chili cooks that participated!