Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why should I join The Chamber?
A: For local and state advocacy, networking, community support and awareness as well as and unique marketing opportunities. The Chamber includes three active Member cities of Schertz, Cibolo, and Selma, as well as covers six counties and over 100 miles of business members. We work to connect our businesses through enhancing relationships, building local government bridges of support and connecting business to the communities they serve.
Q: How do I become a member of The Chamber?
A: By completing the Membership Application in one of two ways: 1) Through our online application, located here or 2) Stop by our offices at 1730 Schertz Parkway, and fill out an application.
Q: Can an individual without a business become a member? Why would they want to?
A: Certainly, and we urge people to join as an Individual! You might be starting a business soon, and want to begin the networking process available through our Chamber events. Others do so to receive our weekly emails and stay in touch with what is happening with our area businesses and still others may be in-between jobs and join as an Individual to network with potential employers.
Q: What does it cost to join The Chamber?
A: We have seven levels of membership beginning with our Proprietor Membership, which is $250 per year. Each level has specific benefits which build upon the previous level. What distinguishes us from most Chambers is that we ask you to choose your level of membership based on the benefits you deem most appropriate for your company. At any time during your membership you can upgrade to the next level if you choose.
Q: What does a basic membership receive in benefits and features?
A: The Proprietor Membership receives 16 specific benefits and features designed to ‘jump-start’ your company’s involvement with the Chamber. These include a business webpage on our online directory; access to the online learning tool Lynda.com; special member pricing to all events; access to direct member business contacts; online coupons for your business as well as weekly business event updates and unique marketing and networking opportunities. For the complete list, please see the membership application.
Q: Is there a special non-profit rate?
A: Because we want all our members to take advantage of the benefits and features offered through any level of our memberships, we do not offer a specific non-profit rate. The Chamber is proud to have over 25 area non-profit members and also offer to them a special annual event - our ‘Non-Profit Partnership Day’. Each spring at one of our monthly luncheons, we give our non-profit members a free promotional table where we urge our member businesses and cities to find someone to partner together with and donate time, materials, volunteers and financial support. This special awareness adds value to our non-profit membership.
Q: Do you offer business education?
A: Absolutely! From in person to online, The Chamber strives to fit the ever-changing needs of its members. Monthly we offer our luncheons that feature guest speakers on topics such as legislative issues, Health Care Reform and TxDot. Also monthly are our Biz Ed classes that feature a round table discussion on topics such as social media, target marketing, and business finance. For online users, we offer Lynda.com. The courses offered range from beginner to intermediate and cover topics such as office, design and more. Available 24-7, any member can choose a topic and time period that works best for them.
Q: Do you have monthly events?
A: Yes! Visit our Events Calendar, which is updated daily to include Chamber events as well as events hosted and sponsored by Members.
Q: What events can a business which is not a member of The Chamber participate in?
A: A non-member can participate in most Chamber events that are advertised but will pay the general admittance fee. RSVP, pre-payment and registration for the event will also apply.
Q: How can you help a smaller business, especially in our first years of operation?
A: We love to help our small businesses flourish and grow! Since needs vary from business to business, we connect our starting and small businesses to those who can best help them. These needs include the basics of finances, business planning, and city codes and ordinances. We also introduce them to business coaches, consultants, media specialists and opportunities. All this helps your business and YOU to personally interact with other business owners and leaders who attend our numerous events during the year.
Q: What committees are there within The Chamber and how do I get involved?
A: You have several opportunities to be involved with a smaller group here at The Chamber! For Young Professionals, there is hYPer (helping Young Professional entrepreneurs resource) group; for those who want to offer military support, there is MAC (Military Affairs Committee); in addition, our Ambassadors Committee, or "Red Coats" as they are affectionately referred to, serve as ‘the face of The Chamber’ by representing and assisting The Chamber in the area and at Chamber events. We also have short-term task forces for various events, such as the Golf Classic, Taste and Health and Wholeness Fair.
Q: How do I set up my Chamber webpage so as to maximize my Chamber membership?
A: After joining, we will mail you a login and password. When you receive these, open up your website and follow the steps to set this up! You can also call us for a one on one training session either in person or over the phone, to help you walk through the process. This is the first and most important step you can take to maximize the many benefits of your membership!
Q: How can I sponsor an event so as to gain greater exposure for my business?
A: In two ways! Every August, we email all Members a ‘Total Resource Campaign’ form listing all our Chamber events, and the sponsorships available for each event. You can fill this out, sign it, send it in, and not be invoiced until sixty days prior to the event. (Since our events sell out quickly, this is an excellent way of making sure you are part of the events you want to be in.) Second, contact us, and we will go over the events with you, and you can then choose which ones you want to sponsor and/or be part of!
Q: When do I need to RSVP for the monthly luncheons?
A: We ask that you rsvp on or by one week before the luncheon so that we can provide a headcount to the caterer. You can also RSVP for an entire year, and know that you have a spot at all of our luncheons!
Q: What is the Chamber Luncheon Policy?
A: All meals are prepaid according to the RSVP headcount. Cancellations must be received no later than 7 days before the event. In the occurrence you cannot attend the luncheon, sending another representative in your place is an option. All cancellations occurring within the 7 day deadline period will be billed the luncheon fee.
Q: How can I reserve the Chamber boardroom for my business use?
A: This membership benefit, available for our Partner (and higher) Membership levels, can be utilized by contacting our office, checking availability and reserving it. This membership feature is a great benefit for a home based member business who wants to have a professional atmosphere to meet potential or active clients in, or to hold small training sessions for small business that do not have adequate meeting space. The boardroom is booked on a first come, first served basis.