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Hanna & District Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting, supporting, strengthening and preserving our local business community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can the Chamber do for me?

A: Some business owners might say their schedule is demanding enough at the moment, and the thought of adding one more activity to their busy calendar is unbearable.  So why should they try to cram time into their already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in their local chamber of commerce?

Because membership in the local chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace.  Not only that, but research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce.

According to a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

If you still don’t think you have time to join and participate in your local chamber of commerce, consider the following:

· Most consumers (59 percent) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It’s 29 percent more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26 percent more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.
· If a company shows that it’s highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
· When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community and is an industry leader.
· When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40 percent 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 43 percent more likely to consider buying insurance from it.

Hanna Chamber Iniatitives

Business referrals – Often the office receives calls asking for a business name, anything from directions to recommendations.  The Chamber refers these inquires to member businesses.

Chamber Buck Program – This is a gift certificate that is redeemable at any of our Gold and Silver Member businesses.  This is the largest way to promote shopping local, on average we sell $12,000 a year.  These can be used as gifts, prizes, employee recognition, “cash” donations to local service groups/clubs.  They never expire and a record is kept should one need to be replaced.

Newsletter – The office currently puts a quarterly e-newsletter together to share information received from many sources on different topics, anything from Government initiatives to local business events.  This includes any promotions/events you are running.  Often this newsletter comes more frequently but maybe less formal.

Promoting Members – Tourist map has all our members categorized and the tourist businesses are located on the map of Hanna and has their business information. You can advertise your business for FREE by sending your events/promotions to the office to be included in our newsletter.  Other Chamber’s charge up to $200 per ad.

Website Listing – Included in your membership is your business information and website link on our website.  You can also advertise your employment opportunities for FREE, just send all the details to the office.  Other Chamber’s charge up to $100 per listing.

Boss’s Party – Christmas party for our members to allow them and their staff to have a  celebration they may not normally be able to with their size.  Great networking opportunity.

Light up Parade – Encourage businesses to have late night shopping for the holiday season with a parade and Santa.  Takes place the first Friday of December, December 6th, 2013.

Advocacy – Support local business through all levels of government and federal organizations. 

Chamber Group Insurance – Provincially pooled benefit program for any business with under 50 employees.

Alberta Chamber of Commerce – The Hanna Chamber pays a membership fee on your behalf.  When you hear anything they are doing you are a part of that because of your Hanna membership.  They lobby the federal and provincial governments through their policies and strength of voice.  Alberta Chambers now have more votes than Ontario because we are the only province that has every Alberta Chamber member as a Canadian Chamber member.  They also provide numerous discount programs to help save your bottom line.

Canadian Chamber – Hanna Chamber pays membership fees on your behalf to the Canadian Chamber as well.  They too lobby the governments for the better of the majority of businesses.  They too also provide some discount programs to save you money on things every business needs.

The Chamber is always looking for new ideas to provide an increased value to your membership.  In order to do this we need input from our members as to direction, support and participation.  You can contact the office or any of our Board Members with ideas, challenges, and support.

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