Members of the Quad Cities Chamber share a common belief that a vibrant region with an outstanding quality of life will contribute to the success of their business and their employees. The Chamber makes the connections and provides the resources and opportunities our businesses and community needs to thrive.
As the region's largest business organization and leading resource for area businesses, we know the importance of providing a return on your investment in the Chamber. We are committed to providing benefits that deliver immediate value to your company.
Research repeatedly shows that the benefits of being a part of your local Chamber of Commerce are wide-reaching. According to a recent study by The Schapiro Group, consumers are 51% more likely to be highly aware of a business if it is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and 57% more likely to think more positively of its local reputation. Read the full study here.
Below are the benefits for all member investors.
Networking & Professional Development Events
Make new connections and enhance your skills at Chamber programs and events. Our monthly programs include A Chance to Meet, Morning Network, Business After Hours and Executives Club, and our annual events include the Annual Meeting, Schmooza Palooza, Economic Outlook, Athena Awards and the Golf Outing.
The Chamber works on your behalf at city halls, the state capitols and in Washington, D.C. to advance priorities that will foster business growth. In addition, we serve as a conduit for business and industry to access public officials in an effort to advance the specific needs or information related to their business. To that end, members are encouraged to engage in advocacy initiatives and events, including our annual trips to Des Moines, Springfield and Washington, D.C.
The Quad Cities Chamber is committed to advancing the economic strength and prosperity of the region by facilitating the creation of 5,000 new jobs by 2015. These jobs will come through a combination of local business expansions, the attraction of new businesses to the region and business creation through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The majority of new job creation is generated by existing businesses. We work closely with local companies, helping with retention and expansion needs including building and site location; access to capital; applications to state agencies, cities and counties; business plan guidance and identification of new markets, product lines and technologies.
We also actively market the benefits of doing business in the region through Quad Cities First, the external marketing division of the Chamber. Our team works with companies and site location consultants around the world to attract new businesses to the area.
The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities works to attract and retain young talent while establishing the region's next generation of business and community leaders. Made up of over 3,000 young people working together to showcase the Quad Cities as a community of choice, The Network provides opportunities to connect and build relationships with community and business leaders through professional development, volunteer and social opportunities.
Target Business Development - Government Contracting
The Quad Cities Chamber works closely with the Rock Island Arsenal and local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to connect local companies with government contracting opportunities. One way we do that is by linking defense contractors with members through a quarterly "Chance to Meet" event that provides insight and coaching on how to contract with the government.
Free Database Access
Access Hoovers Plus, Plunkett Research, Acculeads and other valuable data resources through the Quad Cities Chamber. Business Information for Growth, or BIG, is available through a partnership with Eastern Iowa Community College. Through BIG, you can mine valuable data including vital company or consumer information and statistics, industry market and sector analysis and contact information that will identify new opportunities for you to grow your business.
Ribbon Cuttings are an effective and fun way to publicly announce and celebrate your company's successes. The Chamber Ambassadors celebrate business milestones including ground breakings, grand openings, anniversaries, new ownership, expansions and more. To schedule your ribbon cutting, contact Kelsey Pence and complete this form.
Sponsorships & Advertising
Sponsorship and advertising with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is a cost-effective way to gain visibility for your business. See our advertising offerings and rates, or contact Rene Hipple to decide what sponsorship opportunities are the best fit for your business.
Discounted Email Marketing Program
Chamber members receive a discount on Constant Contact, a leading provider of e-mail marketing and online surveys. Members qualify for a 20% discount with a 6-month contract and a 25% reduction for a 12-month contract. Click here for a free trial or to sign up. For additional information, email Jillian McCleary.
There are many ways in which Chamber membership can help your business, and we want to make sure you're getting the most out of our membership. Fill out the form below to schedule a Membership Check-Up and see how you might further maximize your membership.