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  • Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber restructures rates

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    Want to know exactly what benefits a member gets when joining the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce?

    They’re available at a glance now under the Chamber’s recent rate restructuring.

    The rate levels now make membership generally more affordable while demonstrating value and measurable performance, according to Jeff Morris, the organization’s new executive director.

    “There are specific benefits that are listed for each membership level,” Morris said in an interview. “Those benefits can be measured and tracked over time.”

    The Chamber levels are listed as Bronze at $180 a year; Silver, $250; Gold, $500; Platinum, $1,250, and Chair’s Circle, $2,500.  There is also an Individual Supporter Level at $50.

    General membership benefits include a Chamber spokesperson and event coordination for ribbon cuttings. There are also evening mixers, Hot Topics Business Breakfast meetings, a Speakers Bureau, community events and partnerships.

    Business-related trainings and seminars, marketing in various ways, business highlights and features, multi-media professional stories, general community informational support and event planning advice are offered.

    Business and organization referrals and advice and assistance for permits are additional available resources.

    The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber also provides legislative advocacy at the local, state and federal levels.

    Every Chamber member gets general membership benefits. More benefits are added to each level, depending on what the member thinks would be most useful.

    The increased benefits can include more Hot Topics breakfasts, evening mixers, expanded business listings, business consultation, Chamber availability for community research and special promotions consultation, and sponsorships.

    Web and street banner positioning and programming and sponsorships are available.

    “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to support our Chamber, which supports our Alpine and Mountain Empire community,” said Chamber Board Director Chris Wiley of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., a Chair’s Circle member. “I like not only the exposure but that the membership shows that you support our community.”

    Morris pointed out that a strong membership base has the capacity to benefit entire communities.

    A Chamber only has a strong membership base if it has value, he said.

    Asked why the Chamber has restructured its rates now, Morris said the board has adopted a fresh perspective since he became director in early April.

    “Between myself, staff and the board, we took a hard, long look and made a change that will benefit everyone,” Morris said, emphasizing that the rate restructure isn’t “a silver bullet.”

    “It’s a piece,” said Morris. “The other major component required is expanded development of relations ---- local, regional and beyond.”

    The goal of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce is outlined in its mission statement --- “Advancing the Commercial, Industrial, Civic, Agricultural, General Interest and Prosperity of our Communities.”

    “We’re making strategic moves to enhance the performance of the organization so we can better serve our communities,” Morris said.