The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has been able to endure in our community for over one hundred years because of the value that we generate for our members. While we are a vehicle for the business community as a whole, our members receive unique advantages that are more beneficial now than ever. We continue to generate new ways to add value to our membership as the climate of our country and community change. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we implemented several new digital strategies and features to continue providing exposure, resources, and communications for our members. We have compiled a list of some of the perks organizations will receive as a member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce below.
In today’s modern age of business, networking and connections are vital. The Chamber provides a fast track to connect with a wide variety of organizations in our community. We offer a multitude of opportunities that businesses can take advantage of to help further their position in the community. These can include:
Part of what makes the Chamber so valuable is the large, diverse audience we are able to reach through our weekly newsletter and social media pages. We’re proud to provide marketing services for our members at no additional cost in a time where even a small media campaign can cost a business hundreds. The Chamber also has a member directory that acts as a search engine for visitors on our website. Aside from directly routing traffic to a company's website, the Member Directory also helps improve the member’s website search engine optimization (SEO) score by creating a backlink. Some of our other website pages that offer exclusive benefits to members:
The Chamber helps boost a business' digital presence. Companies like Google and Yahoo use a metric called a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) score to determine a website's positioning in their search results. When a member’s website is added to our directory, it creates a backlink which symbolizes a digital endorsement from the Chamber of Commerce. Endorsements from credible websites are paramount to any business trying to improve their online presence.
Chambers of Commerce have been business community advocates for centuries. A membership in a Chamber helps illustrate a company cares for the community that it conducts business in. The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce offers custom membership certificates that businesses can frame for their wall or display on their storefront to help convey their commitment.
Chamber Member Discounts
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has special discounts with a number of partnered companies. Contact our staff for additional information and how to register.
Anthem's Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare:
Anthem's Georgia Chamber SMART Insurance Plan allows small businesses to connect and share in overall healthcare savings. Check to see if your company qualifies and join in on a program covered by 97% of doctors and 96% of hospitals in Georgia.
Drugs Don't Work:
Drugs Don't Work is a program dedicated to providing workers compensation relief to companies that instill a drug free policy. Normally the program costs $250.00 annually to maintain but the services are free through the Chamber.
Office Depot & Office Max:
Register for Office Depot and OfficeMax's Small Business Savings Program offered to Chamber members for FREE and receive the member coupon that can provide savings on common items.