New year, fresh start: this time of year is ripe for making changes, at home and in business. If you’ve been wondering whether membership in the GOA Regional Business Association is right for you, check out our top 10 reasons to join.
Is it a challenge to make networking a priority? The pandemic era has stalled networking for many business owners and professionals, but membership in our Association can help you restart it. We host a range of regular programs, from our monthly luncheon with keynote speakers and high-speed networking, to Business After Hours and our morning Chamber Net sessions. You also can participate in our Signature Events, like our annual Wine & Beer Tasting, Business Expo, and Golf Outing. Learn more.
Learning is lifelong. Through membership, you can learn more about your industry, our area, and what’s shaping the market. Members participate in our Manufacturing Alliance, join our Legislative Breakfast with Illinois state representatives, and regularly take part in discussions as part of our President’s Round Table. See our events calendar for more.
#3: Teams and Committees
Are you a natural at planning? An enthusiastic go-getter? You’ll love working with other members on our strategic plan teams or event committees. Doing so is a great way to build relationships and develop your leadership skills while having fun.
#4: Community Ties
Did you know that our members have ties to 95 communities in the Chicago area? Whether you’re looking for new prospects to grow your business, seeking to tap into a new market, or want to know more about a particular area or industry, you’ll find ways to build strong community ties as a member.
You already know the power of word-of-mouth to help you land business as well as when you’re looking for services. Our members look to our Association for referrals to quality vendors and services—and we only refer member businesses. You’ll have both sides of the benefit when you join.
#6: Marketing and Publicity
Membership in our Association can help you raise your business’s profile, through connections to other members and communities as well as through our advertising services. We offer advertising on our website and in regular emails, as well as promotional opportunities at events throughout the year. We can also share member promotions and events on our social media. Learn more about members’ marketing opportunities.
#7: Mailing Labels & Lists
Boost your marketing or make a splash with your announcement. Only members can purchase mailing lists and mailing labels through our Association—this can be a great resource to incorporate in your promotions.
#8. Notary Services
In need of a notary? Don’t waste time running around. We offer notary services as a convenience to all members. In addition, as a recognized US chamber of commerce, we can provide certificate of origin documentation services free to our members. Learn more about our services.
#9: Speakers Bureau
Need a guest speaker? Looking to fill a knowledge gap? The Association’s Speakers Bureau is a list of members with expertise on a wide variety of key business topics. You can only tap into this resource as a member.
#10: Purchasing Power
Need office products and services? As a member, you’ll have the purchasing power to save, regardless of your business size. Our partnership with Warehouse Direct gives members national contract pricing with local supply provider support for needs ranging from lighting and office supplies to cleaning and janitorial services, school products, and more. Learn more.
This list is just the beginning of the many benefits you’ll unlock with membership in the GOA Regional Business Association. And it doesn’t capture the fun and friendship you’ll find in our members. Whether you work for one of the Chicago area’s biggest businesses, run a family-owned firm, or are just starting your small business, our Association will help you with networking, educational and marketing opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you in 2022.