Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Benefits of Membership


The Chamber of Commerce of Huntington County promotes and supports the local business community and provides a forum for their concerns. This includes helping existing businesses to function and solve any challenges they may be facing.

Challenges such as environmental concerns, taxes, codes, tax abatements, annexations, and other issues facing the business community can be addressed by the Chamber with local, state, and federal officials. The Chamber staff consists of two professionals to assist businesses with these concerns and other business needs.

From providing marketing data to area research information, the Chamber has a wealth of knowledge at its fingertips to help member businesses. The membership includes respected businesses dedicated to the advancement of civic, commercial, legislative, and community development interests.

Each member business’s name is promoted through the Chamber’s Business Directory, and in the annual Program of Action. The distribution of these promotional devices covers a large variety of consumers.

The Chamber keeps the business community informed of business related activities through the website, monthly newsletters, weekly Chamber Notes, and communication with the local media. Chamber Breakfast Showcases, the Business EXPO, and Chamber After Hours provide businesses the opportunity to promote their services to the community and to network with other business professionals.

The Chamber hosts a networking group that meets on the third Monday of each month at 12 noon. Networking meetings move from restaurant to restaurant to introduce the networking group to different eateries in Huntington and to help local restaurants with additional business.

The Chamber encourages the creation of new business and provides the resources to individuals involved in this process. These resources may include connections to the Indiana Small Business Development Center which meets in the Chamber office monthly. It provides connections to available funds, buildings, and knowledgeable individuals.

New investment is necessary to the local economy. Working with Huntington County Economic Development (HCED) and Lime City Development, the Chamber and its staff are a part of the county-wide effort to bring new business to Huntington.

This effort also includes employment awareness opportunities through WorkOne and ongoing education efforts through Life Long Learning. Chamber members participate in the annual Career Day at Huntington North High School, educational seminars, wellness and fitness seminars and support the Work Ethic certification program through the Huntington County Community Schools.

Chamber members also have the opportunity to network through community involvement. The Chamber oversees and organizes all the activities for Heritage Days and encourages new volunteers to become a member of the steering committee.

Packets distributed to businesses and residents looking to locate in Huntington include Chamber members’ names and pertinent information. The Chamber Bucks Program is also exclusively for members. It helps to promote shopping locally.

Auto-Owners Insurance
Chamber members are eligible for discounts on auto insurance. If your insurance company carries Auto-Owners Insurance, members are given a discount of 10-12%.

Comcast Business Class Advantage
Comcast Business Class is offering any member of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce a discount for signing up with Comcast Business Class service. If you are a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and are looking for phone, internet, or television service, Comcast Business Class will do a complete installation at no charge when signing up for a 3 year, price guaranteed agreement. For more information click andrew_brown@cable.comcast.com.

Eat. Shop. Live. Do More Huntington
The Chamber of Commerce has initiatived a new program called Eat. Shop. Live. Do More Huntington. By being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you are given a business decal highlighting your participation, given the opportunity to promote your sales on our specially designed website and Facebook pages. Your sales and specials are then promoted throughout the community and beyond free of charge through the many different businesses and friends of the Chamber of Commerce. There are no fees for Chamber members to participate in the Eat. Shop. Live. Do More Huntington program.

Chamber Bucks Program
The Chamber offers a Chamber Bucks program to any business in Huntington County. Businesses purchase these Chamber Bucks for their employees for a job well done, birthday, anniversary, or that special "thank you." Employees then can use these Chamber Bucks at local Chamber member businesses. The Chamber supplies the purchaser of the Chamber Bucks with a list of all businesses that participate in the Chamber Bucks program. There are no fees associated with purchasing Chamber Bucks.

Help Wanted
Is your business looking for help? Do you know someone looking for a job? The Chamber can help locate prospective employees or help someone find a job through its help wanted page on the Chamber’s website. Our website is available to everyone looking for a job, while jobs may be posted by Chamber members free of charge. We have new jobs posted daily.

All Chamber members are welcome to place their own employment listing by logging into the Chamber’s website using your user name and password. If you are unsure of how to do this, simply call the Chamber office at (260) 356-5300. We will be happy to walk you through the very easy process. If you prefer, you can always email your job opening to skimmel@huntington-chamber.com and we will be happy to post the job for you.

Hot Deals
The Chamber of Commerce continues to offer online coupons and deals to those individuals shopping locally. Hot Deals are business promotions that are offered to all Chamber members free of charge, but can be used by anyone in the community.

If you would like to place a Hot Deal on the Chamber’s website and have it appear on the Chamber’s smartphone app (MyChamberApp), all you need to do is log in to the Chamber’s database and place your deal. Hot Deals are free to Chamber members. This is a great way for the Chamber to help the local business community by offering another option to drive traffic to local retail shops, automotive repair shops, restaurants or any other business that would like to offer a deal to attract customers. There is no cost to participate in the Hot Deal program.

If you are a Chamber member and would like to promote a Hot Deal for your place of business, simply log into the Chamber of Commerce’s database by using your user name and password and post your deal. If you are unsure of how to do this, you can always call the Chamber office at (260) 356-5300 and we will walk you through this easy process. If you prefer, you can always email your deal to skimmel@huntington-chamber.com and we will be happy to place your Hot Deal for you. Don’t forget to download the Chamber’s smartphone app by going to www.mychamberapp.com or your favorite app store and look for MyChamberApp.

Indiana Small Business Development Center
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) holds office hours on a monthly basis at the Chamber of Commerce in Huntington.  If you or someone you know are looking to start a business, need help with your business, or just looking for support, members can visit with a representative from the ISBDC at no charge.

MetroNet
MetroNet offers members of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce discounts for signing up with their services. If you are a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and are looking for phone, internet, or television service, contact local agent, Gary Kart at (260) 310-4006 or by email at gary.kart@metronetinc.com for their latest deals.

Small Business Resources and Programs
No need to go at it alone. From valuable insight to financial assistance, the Chamber connects you to a terrific array of resources that can help you start and/or grow your business.

Here at the Chamber, we're here to help you succeed, grow and prosper. Your business IS our business and in addition to these resources we've developed specifically for small businesses, we're always here to offer advice or to lend an ear. Contact the Chamber of Commerce by phone call, e-mail or feel free to stop by to meet with us. Remember we're here for you. Let us know how we can help.

Signing Up for the Chamber
If you would like to sign up for the Chamber of Commerce you will find the Investment Schedule attached to this page.  All you need to do is download form, fill out the information and send it back to the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, 305 Warren Street, Huntington, IN 46750, or fill out and fax to (260) 200-1222.  You can find the Investment Schedule in a pdf format directly below.


pdf Shop With Your Chamber Bucks
pdf Investment Schedule
pdf Key Steps to Starting a Business
pdf Licenses, Permits & Regulations
pdf Developing a Business Plan
pdf Business Startup Information