2018-2019 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS SCHEDULE
NETWORKING AT ITS BEST
Business After Hours * Member Focus Groups * Luncheons * And More
Networking activities. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow your business, which is why we provide a variety of networking opportunities for member businesses to get to know one another.
Member Directory - A categorized resource of more than 570 member businesses. Your company is listed in the directory in both alphabetical and by classification. The 52-page directory also showcases the gift certificate participants and a listing of membership benefits.
On The Go Chamber Newsletter - Our newsletter is e-mailed to the entire membership. The On The Go newsletter is regarded as one of the most innovative and informative publications. It outlines upcoming meeting dates, GOACC activities, new member spotlights, and community events and generally provides up to the minute information vital to business development and communications. Members are encouraged to send in their new releases and any information they think would be interesting and/or informative to fellow Chamber members.
Mailing Labels - Purchase Chamber members’ addresses on labels, sorted by zip code or alphabetically for $30. Non-members can purchase these labels for $100.
Promote Your Business at Our Office - FREE brochure/business card space available in our Chamber office
Chamber Website -- your website will be linked to our site if provided to us. Each member is also listed in a searchable database.
Member-to-Member Program - Discounted services provided to members by members.
Member Referrals - Never underestimate the power of a referral from a reputable source. The Chamber receives business inquiries and has a strong MEMBERS ONLY referral policy.
Business After Hours-- This monthly (August-May) opportunity to meet and network with other members is a valuable business resource. Relax, enjoy fine food and beverages, converse with your business colleagues-and maybe gain new customers! Please check our What's New page for up-to-date listings for our events, training programs and more. Is attending business after-hours functions a big part of your job?
It’s a great place to establish yourself among Chamber and other leaders. The key is to be friendly, sincere and, instead of selling your product, be interested in why the other people are there. Call it networking, schmoozing; mingling whatever. The art of meeting people is no frivolous tool, experts agree. People should be prepared with a free-flowing30-second explanation of their skills or the opportunities they’re seeking. To start conversations, experts suggest staying current on the news, weather, sports and fashion. You can ask people about themselves, including their hometowns, former jobs, kids, pets and hobbies.
Here are 13 tips on how to walk the walk and talk the talk at the next BAH:
1. Research attendees.
2. Dress professionally.
3. Turn off your cell phone.
4. Break away from friends and colleagues.
6. Keep your right hand free for shaking hands.
7. Listen more than talk.
8. Don’t stand too close.
9. Avoid politics, religion and other polarizing or personal topics.
10. Don’t overdrink or overeat.
11. Carry breath mints.
12. Thank the host.
13. Send handwritten follow-up notes to the people you meet.
Media Discounts -- GOACC members can take advantage of discounted advertising rates offered through fellow media members: Times Herald, WHDL/WPIG, WOEN/WMXO and Time Warner Cable. These discounted rates apply to new media advertisers. Check out the discount plan from WMXO.
Member Focus -- Put your business in focus with "Member Focus", a separate feature description of GOACC members. This FREE promotion within the "On the Go" newsletter is e-delivered to over 1000 people. What a great way to advertise your business and at no cost to you!
CyberNEWS -- Chamber CyberNEWS continues for GOACC members. This monthly e-mail notice of Chamber news and events is sent to more than 500 members.
Ribbon Cutting -- Let the community know your business has arrived with a new business ribbon cutting or ground breaking. We have a list detailing all aspects for the event -- who to invite, when to have, what to showcase, etc.
Volunteer on one of our many committees. V-FORM
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce • 716-372-4433 • firstname.lastname@example.org