During the past few months, the marketing committee of the Des Moines West Side Chamber was tasked with developing a way to welcome new Chamber members while also educating new, prospective and current members on the role of the Chamber.
We are happy to say that Welcome West Side debuted on Sept. 12 at Star Bar as a refresher course on all things involved with the West Side Chamber. The event included a brief orientation on the many benefits of Chamber membership and was followed by a networking Business After Hours.
So what are the things you need to know about the Des Moines West Side Chamber if you missed this event?
First of all, the Chamber is comprised of several wonderful communities, including Beaverdale, Merle Hay and Roosevelt neighborhoods within the borders of Martin Luther King Drive, 63rd Street, the Raccoon River and Douglas Avenue.
Membership comes with many benefits, one of the biggest being marketing. Through networking, you can market your business to a group of people who are also invested in the business communities of Des Moines’ west side. Events are held regularly, and each business gets access to the Chamber website and social media outlets. More promotion is available through unique advertising and sponsorship opportunities, and you could even host an event at your business.
Chamber membership is also a helpful way to stay on top of local and regional government policies and have a voice through a credible business organization.
We have plenty more networking and educational opportunities morning, noon and night throughout the fall including morning networking at Wake Up West Side on Sept. 18 at 7:30 a.m. at Massage Heights on Ingersoll, Business After Hours at Walker Coen Lorenzen Architects on Oct. 3 and Government Policy Council State Legislative Policy Meetings on Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 23.
The Chamber is excited for you to attend these events. As our membership continues to grow, so do the opportunities for involvement. Chamber members have found the best way to get the most out of membership is to get right in there and volunteer for a committee or board position. Committees include membership, marketing, government relations, events and programs and Ambassadors.
The Chamber looks to its member base for fresh ideas and momentum, and members get the opportunity to meet other community leaders while also directly affecting change. Let’s finish out 2013 with a bang.