We hold networking events, informational seminars and other events where you can meet other business owners and expand your base of customers. These events include Business Breakfast Meetings, Business After Hours events, Women’s A.M. Network meet- ings, the Volunteerism Luncheon, the Business Expo, among others. There are also event spon- sorship opportunities through Chamber General Membership, Annual Meeting and Golf Outings, where you could get your name out to a larger audience.
You can market your products and services directly to nearly 500 members of the business community through the Chamber’s monthly marketing mailings. For a $50 base fee, we will mail your flyers to our mailing list. You supply only the 500 copies and we coordinate and pay for the stuffing, labeling, postage and delivery through the Post Office. Your mail will be delivered directly and will avoid the “junk mail” perception when delivered in a Chamber envelope. There is a 3 flyer minimum per mailing.
A more immediate alternative to market mailing, you may participate via ad space in our monthly email newsletters or participate in email blasts to promote your business, event or offer. As a part of your membership fee, you provide the ad and we create and deliver the emails directly to nearly 800 community members.
Social media enables you to remain better connected and informed with the Chamber, via Facebook, LinkedIn, our blog, and Twitter. Re- ceive immediate updates regarding upcoming events and membership information. Addition- ally, this initiative provides immediate access to network and market with Chamber members.
With the changes in Healthcare reform, Chamber member companies are reviewing the health insurance they offer to their employees. Through CIT, you can now see what three companies have to offer. HealthyCT, Harvard Pilgrim and Aetna . These are three quality insurance companies that are now available to Chamber members. These companies have innovative products that help reduce the cost of healthcare, while providing quality coverage.
Additionally, many health plans now have deductibles for hospital services. There is a reasonable option to help defray this cost. The Hospital Indemnity plan exclusively from Aetna pays to the insured if they are admitted to a hospital for 24 hours or more.
As a business owner, you can also offer voluntary benefits. One or more of your employees can choose to enroll in Vision care, Dental, Short Term Disability and Term Life Insurance.
Other member offerings include providing Group Life, Group Short Term, and Long Term Disability.
For your employees that are over 65 Medicare Advantage plans are available.
These are a few of the products and services that because of your membership in the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce are available to you. Now is the time to see how these and other benefits can make a difference for you and your employees.
Contact your Chamber to see how these benefits may help your business.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING
Small business counseling is offered free of charge for people who are interested in starting or expanding a business. A retired business executive from the business-based group SCORE meets with clients in the Chamber offices. Additional services are available from Chamber staff for office space or marketing assistance.
Information will be sent to you via our electronic newsletter regarding business notes of interest to you as well as opportunities for you to promote your business.
Chamber members are listed in our online business directory. For an affordable fee, they can enhance their listing and stand out amongst other businesses in their category! The website is a great tool for referrals and provides the latest news regarding Chamber events and membership.
THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR AND WELCOMING COMMITTEE
Run by the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the purpose of this initiative is to promote New Britain and Berlin to those who live and work here. Included in these efforts is a “welcome wagon” for new businesses and personnel who relocate to these cities. Chamber members are encouraged to provide promotional information or items for these “Welcome” bags. The Chamber also coordinates Grand Openings and ribbon cuttings for new and relocated businesses.
SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
Support of community initiatives that help improve New Britain and Berlin are also a focus of the Chamber. Some of the programs that the Chamber staff supports include job-training programs, the Mayor’s committee to end homelessness, and youth employment programs, to name a few. Your membership dues will also be an investment for improving today’s business climate and community image.
Government affairs assistance for your business at both the local and state level is also provided by the Chamber. Whether it is representation at a board or commission meeting for zoning issues or larger workplace issues such as workers’ compensation costs being discussed at the Capitol, the Chamber will work for you.