PERK #1: department of publications
Every member of the US Small Business Chamber of Commerce gains access to the services of the Department of Publications. You can go to the main page of the Department for more information, but the basic details are in gaining a versatile, targeted marketing source for your business. We do not offer straight advertising at this time, but we do offer free press releases (up to one per week) to all members of the Chamber. Press releases can include topics such a project history (our main focus), major awards, accomplishments, major shifts in your company's offerings, and significant events for your company.
Each press release is then distributed out to various officials -- frequently small business program managers and small business liaison officers for various major entities and organizations (often times officials from Mentor organizations) -- who then disperse it out to their own networks through social media and email. Each release is seen by thousands upon thousands of high quality decision makers including contracting officers, subcontract administrators, program managers, vice presidents, CEOs, and senior buyers. It is a system we call pre-arranged, word-of-mouth, viral distribution, and it is exceedingly effective in presenting credibility and visibility at a quick pace.
PERK #2: department of acquisitions
Every member of the US Small Business Chamber of Commerce gains access to the services of the Department of Acquisitions. You can go to the main page of the Department for more information, but in brief, it is likely what draws most small businesses to the Chamber in the first place. We operate with numerous "Mentor" entities -- government agencies, large corporations, educational institutions, etc -- that have need for various goods and services, frequently with obligations to small businesses. We act as an intermediary -- assessing their needs and finding the ideal company to fill it. Something a lot of small businesses don't realize, though, is that we also offer buying services to them! Through our negotiation services and connections, we can frequently save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year for a small business (with some of the larger small businesses seeing savings nearing the millions).
PERK #3: department of human resources
Every member of the US Small Business Chamber of Commerce gains access to the services of the Department of Human Resources. You can go to the main page of the Department for more information, but succinctly put, it is a recruiting tool built specifically with small business in mind. Many job posting portals can be fairly pricey (often $400 for a single, month-long listing) which can add up quickly in cost, and is a more passive approach that delivers many unqualified or irrelevant applications. On the other hand, recruiters, while taking a more active role, can cost thousands of dollars a hire. While spending money on the perfect employee match is one of most worthwhile investments a company can make, for many small businesses, it just is not in the cards.
The Chamber is not a full-on recruiting company, but we can do job postings out to our vast network. We get the listings in front of thousands of potential hires. We don't do background screenings or resume processing, but we can get some needed interests in the positions your company has available!
PERK #4: department of registration
Every member of the US Small Business Chamber of Commerce gains access to the services of the Department of Registration. You can go to the main page of the Department for more information, but the concept is fairly straight-forward. As small businesses grow, they almost certainly will find themselves required to get various registrations and certifications -- be it government registries or industry-standard certifications.
Many of these processes can be difficult, tedious, and often overwhelming. Along with providing free consultation and step-by-step training on some of the registrations out there, we can also provide connections to trusted consultation sources -- some of which are free as well. It can be a daunting process, but we can be there to at least guide you in the right directions.