It's all about choice...and improved membership benefits.
After careful consideration by the Blount Partnership's Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, staff and the membership committee, the Chamber is changing the way members invest. Like many chambers during the past decade, we are moving to a tiered dues system which provides benefits based on the investment level a member selects in 2013.
The Chamber's new "tiered" system provides increased benefits with comparable dues - plus many new benefits, even at the entry level. Members now choose the benefits that they want and need, then invest accordingly.
We hope you make use of your membership and during this year of transition, the Chamber staff will work with you to get you to a tier you are comfortable with. We will discuss all the benefits and opportunities while working to accommodate your budgeting cycle. Contact Tammi Ford for more information at 865.983.2241.
You're probably wondering why the Chamber would make such a change in the way we do business. Why would we adjust our price structure and change our revenue stream? The answer is simple: It guarantees equity and choice when choosing a membership package that is important to your business and is aligned with the Chamber's mission of developing a robust economic base.
We've developed several levels of benefits that match the membership dues investment.
Increasing Benefits Across All Levels
The Chamber began to consider changing to a different membership structure in 2011 as we benchmarked and learned from other chambers that made the switch. The staff studied the effects the change would have on the organization and membership.
At the same time, member benefits were scrutinized, evaluated and measured. Some remained or were changed, many were created and others removed altogether.
Members can still list their business the Chamber's website and in the hard copy directory, but we've added expanded listings and company profiles at the higher levels. We still have free programs and events for all members plus reduced pricing for other events and programs with your membership.
The Blount Partnership's Chamber of Commerce has eight membership levels to choose from.
We encourage you to review the new membership levels and maximize your membership benefits by going to our website at www.blountchamber.com/membership/tiered_membership.aspx for more information.
Blount Partnership President/CEO