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The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 126 N. Bostwick * P.O. Box * Charlotte, MI 48813 Membership Application & Benefits We invite you to consider membership in the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Your colleagues and customers recognize that you support the community in many ways when you belong to the Chamber of Commerce. This is a particularly exciting time to become a member of the Charlotte Chamber. That is because we have several great new programs and even more benefits available. Among the tangible of membership are: Networking opportunities through Chamber events such as our summer golf outing, the fall Legislative Breakfast, our Annual Dinner held in the spring and other occasions. Forums, seminars, joint advertising promotions and sponsorship opportunities through our quarterly “Business After Hours” are available to chamber members. The early morning monthly “Wake-Up Charlotte” is very entertaining and popular, giving you a brief update on what is happening in our community, the city, schools, and you even get a mini stock report. Our weekly electronic newsletter, “The Business Blast”, gives you up to date information while our monthly electronic newsletter, “The Business Beat”, has advertising opportunities and is received by over 300 businesses, community leaders, and organizations. The Insurance program from Blue Cross Blue Shield, along with Auto Owners, and AAA Michigan discount programs are also available to Chamber Members. A Welcome to Charlotte brochure, with categories including shopping, what to do, where to stay, and other valuable information, is available at the Chamber office. We are working on a number of helpful pamphlets including: Banking and Financial, Attorney’s, and other retail and service categories. Our Chamber web page including city, school, and area information has proven to be a useful tool for community new comers and for the recruitment of new businesses and Chamber members. All of the above opportunities will help you become known and more competitive in today’s business environment. Join us today and play an important part in making sure that our community maintains an excellent environment in which to do business. Your membership in the Chamber could be the best investment and opportunity you come across. Thank you for your consideration at this time. If you have any questions, please contact me at 517-543-0400 Ann M. Garvey, Executive Director E-mail: email@example.com Webpage: www.charlottechamber-mi.org Charlotte, Michigan The Heart of Eaton County “The Maple City” Eaton County was inhabited by the Pottawatomie Indians until about 1840 when they were pushed west of the Mississippi by the U.S. government. Charlotte was settled in the 1830’s and was known as Eaton Center because of its role as the county seat of Eaton County. Its present name was suggested by E.B. Bostwick in 1885. Bostwick held the contract on the land which became Charlotte and rather than give the city his own name, he decided to use the name of his new wife, Charlotte. (Pronounced Shar-Lot) .Charlotte is located in the heart of Michigan- 18 miles from Lansing, 26 miles from Battle Creek, and 55 miles from Grand Rapids. Situated in the center of Eaton County, it serves as the County Seat. Charlotte was incorporated as a village on October 10, 1863 and as a city on March 29, 1871. Earliest records indicate that Charlotte was once an overgrown prairie made beautiful by abundance of colorful wild flowers. The Old Eaton County Courthouse completed in 1885, is nationally recognized as an important historical building and is highly valued as a Charlotte landmark. Other buildings with significance include the Charlotte Public Library, First Congregational Church, and several old homes. Celebrate Charlotte In June, on Fathers Day weekend, come join us and participate in our Celebrate Charlotte Festival. There will be hot air balloons, music throughout the entire event, car show, children’s activities, craft show and non-profits show and food. Frontier Days Charlotte is also home of the Frontier Days, an event that always takes place on the Wednesday after Labor Day in September. This event is one in which the entire community gets involved. Events include: a large parade, arts and crafts, antique show, a rodeo, and a huge saloon with continuous live entertainment, and numerous activities. www.charlottechamber-mi.org Charlotte Area Chamber of Commerce Charlotte, MI 2009-2010 Membership Benefits Networking opportunities through Business referral from phone, fax, Chamber Events: mail inquiries (Always Members *Summer Golf Outing First). *Fall Legislative Breakfast *Spring Annual Dinner. Ribbon Cuttings and First Dollar Awards available to new businesses. Forums, Seminars, joint advertising promotions, and sponsorship through CAN DO! Participants (Charlotte Area our quarterly Business After Hours. Networking for Development & Opportunity) Participant. Invite to monthly Wake Up Charlotte meeting with updates on the Access to the Chamber mailing list. community. Discounted fee or free workshops Receive our monthly & weekly and seminars. electronic newsletter, Business Beat & Business Blast which has Participant in Chamber Gift advertising opportunities and is Certificates Program (Keeps our received by over 300 businesses. Money Local, more than $40,000 sold in previous 12 months). Insurance programs from: *Blue Cross Blue Shield Listing in the Chamber Home *AFLAC Webpage with a direct link to your *Auto Owners, discounts Available web site if desired. from: Charlotte Insurance Community advertising program Russell & Schrader available with TV, billboard, and print. Bold Listings in the CRG Phone Kane’s Heating and Ventilation offers Book. a 10% discount to all chamber members. ~The members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce are proud to promote community pride and economic growth as well as encouraging awareness in the community. What is the Chamber of Commerce? There are over 5,000 Chamber of Commerce in the United States today. Each Chamber has something special to offer to its members and community. The most important roll of the Chamber of Commerce is to be dedicated to the people of the community. In a nut shell, Chambers serve as problem solvers, organizers, coordinators, economy builders, innovators, advisors, and much more! Who runs the Chamber of Commerce? The Members! The Chamber is overseen by a Board of Directors elected from the Chamber member volunteers. Committees assist in planning and carrying out the activities of the Chamber. The administrative duties of the Chamber are done by a part-time staff employed by the Chamber. Volunteers supplement the office staff and volunteers run the events of the Chamber. The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce contact is Executive Director, Ann Garvey. What does the Chamber do for you? -Provides the best and least expensive way for you to invest in Charlotte’s future, and in turn, your own. -Works closely with other organizations on all areas of mutual concern. -Serves as your sales manager by selling your area, your products, and your services to people and firms everywhere. -Puts money in your pocket by referring your business to member’s everyday in our office. -Offers Charlotte Gift Certificates to help keep money spent locally. -Has reduced fees for seminars and workshops for Chamber members. -Helps bring people into Charlotte who will buy from you. -Works to maintain and improve the quality of the community in Charlotte. -Members will be listed in bold print in the local address book. -Networking opportunities: Business After Hours, Wake Up Charlotte, Annual Dinner, Golf Outing, etc. -Members are included on Website with contact information -Ribbon Cuttings and First Dollar Awards presented to new Business for free!! -Opportunity to participate in community events. -Receive monthly newsletter, Business Beat, with advertising available, and sent out to over 300 businesses. Who are your fellow members? The Chamber of Commerce likes to give all businesses a chance to get well known throughout the community. Many members are caring businesses, industry, civic groups, organizations, and several individuals in our community. They have pledged their support for the Charlotte community by joining the Chamber. In return, the Chamber provides support for its members. What can you do for the Chamber of Commerce? Volunteer to help lead the Chamber. Take advantage of sponsorship and value opportunities. By joining forces with other business, industry, and individuals, we are able to create a stronger, caring community to work and reside in. The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce 2008 Membership Dues Structure The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce invites you to become part of the business and professional leaders of your community. First time members will receive a 50% discount on the prices below. We know you will feel it=s a great investment in the community to help us market the area and your business. 2008-2009 MEMBER INVESTMENT SCHEDULE General Membership (Retail, Industry, Realtors)* Hotels, Motels (# of rooms) 1-5 Employees $245.00 1-25 $315.00 6-10 Employees $315.00 25 and over $420.00 11-15 Employees $365.00 16-25 Employees $485.00 Bed & Breakfast (# of rooms) 26-40 Employees $680.00 1-5 $115.00 41-60 Employees $800.00 6-10 $255.00 61-75 Employees $980.00 76-100 Employees $1210.00 Schools and Government 101-250 Employees $1465.00 1-15 Employees $270.00 16-35 Employees $365.00 36-60 Employees $450.00 * General Memberships include: Real Estate Brokers, 61-100 Employees $510.00 and their Agents, Automobile Dealers, Publishers, Over 100 Employees $615.00 Printers, Service Companies, and any others not included in the other categories. Professionals** First Professional $280.00 Each Additional $120.00 Physicians, Dentists, Optometrists, Chiropractors, Attorneys, Veterinarians, Funeral Directors, Accountants, Insurance Agents. Churches/Clubs/Non-Profit Organizations $60.00 We have maintained a lower amount for churches, and Service organizations because we know the monies you collect like the Chamber, also go for the communities’ betterment. We want to work with you! No voting rights included. Individuals The individual membership is extended to persons who are $85.00 retirees or are not affiliated with a business. Persons employed by a member business may also retain an individual membership for the purpose of direct mailing and personal listings in the directories. Receives no voting privileges. Home Based Business Home based businesses are those operated from an individuals $120.00 home, typically set-up businesses with no employees **Dues are pro-rated and to be paid to correspond with the fiscal year of July 1- June 30 of each year. Quarterly payments can be made with the approval of Chamber Executive Director @ 543-0400. An Invitation to Membership With the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 356* 126 N. Bostwick Ave. Charlotte, MI 48813 I pledge support to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to make our community a better place to live, work, and do business. Based upon the guidelines, our annual investment is $ *Chamber fiscal year is July 2009- June 2010 Name of Company_____________________________________________________________________ Name of Contact Person(s)______________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________ Phone Fax__________________________________ Email Web page______________________________ This company information will be used in our monthly ABusiness Beat@ Describe Product or Services: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Date Opened Hours of Operation We ask that all members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce do business that coincides with our Mission. The Mission of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is to promote a climate that is favorable for the vibrancy of the community through collaboration, leadership, and service. Our Vision Statement : Success of all current and potential Charlotte area businesses and organizations. Signature What would you like to gain from your membership with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce? __________________ Please indicate your preferred method of communication: US Mail Fax Email Phone Committees or Projects: If you would like either additional information or have an interest in one of the following committees, please contact the Chamber office for details. Retail/Marketing - Meets once a month to plan retail events and marketing programs Ambassador Club - Some activities and duties include: Wake Up Charlotte, New Business Ribbon Cuttings, Recruits & Retain members, communications with members. Activities - Annual Awards Dinner - Help plan and organize the March awards event. Business After Hours - Hold an event at your place of business and get great exposure. Celebrate Charlotte/Golf Outing - A four day community event of Music, car show, hot air balloons and more! Volunteers needed Wake Up Charlotte - Held the third Friday of each month September-May. Fast paced, fun event where the Schools, City, News, Investments and others share what is happening ... Light Breakfast is served. Sponsorship is available or join us at 7:30 a.m. to hear about your community. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY!
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