Reality: There is another entity created for this purpose and it is the Better Business Bureau. The Chamber of Commerce does not offer mediation services or a means to resolve disputes with local businesses. The good news is that studies have found that members of a Chamber of Commerce are more likely to be civic minded, service oriented, and trustworthy. Therefore, consumers can feel more confident in contracting with or purchasing from Chamber members.
Myth 9: The Chamber of Commerce is only beneficial to local business.
Reality: We like to think of ourselves as the local resource for all things Union County. Our Chamber operates the local Welcome Center which means we answer a variety of (and often very interesting) questions. If we don’t know the immediate answer, we usually know someone who does. Therefore, the Chamber serves a much larger purpose for the local community. We are glad to share information with local residents and make suggestions as to great places to eat, play, or buy your next gadget. Bring us your “Flat Stanley,” come pick up an events calendar, check our website for the latest happenings, send us your visitors who are looking for something to do, or sign up for of email updates and local coupons. There are many ways for non business owners to interact with the Chamber, and we welcome the opportunity.
Myth 10: If you’ve seen one Chamber, you’ve seen them all.
Reality: As I travel the State meeting other Chamber Execs and learning about the operations of various Chambers of Commerce, I have found one thing to be certain – no two Chambers are alike. Chambers differ in their organizational structure, their staff’s personalities and experiences, their programs and services offered, and their ability to positively impact their local community and members. I am proud to say that the Blairsville-Union County Chamber is made up of a dynamite staff of knowledgeable employees, a Board of Directors who is in touch with the needs of the local community, and a membership of close to 600 entrepreneurial individuals who care about the greater good. Many times we have received compliments from others who have experienced a variety of Chambers and are overwhelmed by the involvement and activity of our local Chamber and its members.
I hope that this series has better equipped you to understand and utilize the services of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber. Should you have questions, please contact us at 706-745-5789, online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.