Frequently Asked Questions
A: As a business Member you will receive local and state advocacy, networking, community support and awareness as well as unique marketing opportunities. The Chamber includes three active Member cities of Schertz, Cibolo, and Selma, as well as business Members that cover 10 counties and 20 cities.. We work to connect our businesses through enhancing relationships, building local government bridges of support and connecting businesses to the communities they serve.
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.
A: The Individual Membership is reserved for elected officials such as city council, school board trustees and other legislative entities that our business members interact with on a regular basis. The purpose is for those entities to be current with our business members, to know their issues and challenges and be able to meet with them through The Chamber avenue for better resolution to those challenges.
A: We have six levels of membership beginning with our Proprietor Membership, which is $265 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.
A: The Proprietor Membership receives specific benefits and features designed to ‘jump-start’ your company’s involvement with The Chamber. These include a business webpage on our online directory; special member pricing to all events; access to Medical Benefits for your small business; as well as weekly business event updates and unique marketing and networking opportunities. For the complete list, please see the membership application.
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 30 area non-profit Members and also offer to them a special annual event - our ‘Non-Profit Partnership Day’. Each at a monthly luncheon, we give our non-profit Members a free promotional table and special spotlighting where our member businesses and cities are able 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 as well as allows the non-profit to utilize all of the business tools a standard membership would give.
A: Absolutely! 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 area updates. Also we offer our EPIC seminars that feature either round table discussion or specific teaching on topics such as social media, target marketing, and business finance.
A: Yes! Visit our Events Calendar, which is updated daily to include Chamber events as well as events hosted and sponsored by Members.
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.
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.
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. Our newest committee CHAMP is for those newer Member businesses who want to plug into our events for the purpose of helping the Chamber staff assess and evaluate processes of those events, to make them more efficient and beneficial for all our Members. Contact our offices for more information.
A: After joining, we will email 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!
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 for the next year. 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!
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!
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.
A: This membership benefit, available for our Investor (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.