Are Chamber members mostly large, well-established businesses?
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau has a membership of more than 625 businesses, representing Redondo Beach and the South Bay, businesses of all sizes, from large firms to growing mid-size companies and micro-businesses. Many people are surprised to learn that more than 80 percent of our member companies have fewer than 25 employees.
How can the Chamber help me save money?
Through professional partnerships, the Chamber is able to offer members several bottom-line benefits. Our membership department will help you with access to our value-added benefits.
How can I use the Chamber to market my business?
The Chamber offers comprehensive marketing-benefit packages through our publication, website, programs, and special events that can help your company achieve multiple objectives. These include increasing your visibility and exposure within the Chamber membership and the Redondo business community, standing out from your competition through exclusive sponsorship opportunities, using promotions and merchandising opportunities, entertaining valued clients at prestigious events, and driving sales.
Through the Chamber, you'll reach Redondo Beach businesses of all sizes and from every industry group. Depending on your company's target audience, you can choose events, programs, and publications that reach identified segments, such as small businesses, mid-market firms, international companies, and large corporations. Through our well-established partnerships with the leading business media and other professional organizations, our programs are widely promoted to increase your reach.
What is the best way to use the Chamber to build my business network?
Your Chamber membership is similar to a gym membership: The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. The best way to build your business network is to develop relationships with other Chamber members. All Chamber programs are designed to give you an opportunity to make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. The more events you attend and the more actively you participate, the faster and deeper your network will grow.
We produce a number of events that are specifically designed for networking, such as Business After Hours, Network Cafe' and Coffee & Commerce. Another way to build your network is through volunteering for the Chamber by joining a committee, or even chairing a committee. This is an opportunity to increase your visibility and demonstrate your professionalism and expertise to a wide audience.
How do I use the Chamber for business leads and referrals?
As you attend Chamber events and programs and expand your network, you will have access to people who are in a position to provide you with business leads. As you get to know them and they gain trust in your professionalism, your fellow Chamber members can become an important source of referrals for your business.
How can I help shape and support the Chamber's policy positions and agenda?
The Chamber's position on any given state or local ballot initiative is determined by the Governmental Relations Council. Only Chamber members may participate GRC members are elected and represent all segments of the Chamber. The Chamber's public-policy agenda is shaped by input from many sources. We regularly ask for input from our members.
How can I stay informed on legislative and community issues that affect my business?
The Chamber provides several communication vehicles to keep members in the know. Information about our programs, our involvement with various community forums and our presence at City Hall is regularly disseminated by the Chamber's monthly newsletter. Every newsletter designed to bring you important business information.
How can I stay informed on what's happening at the Chamber?
The Chamber has a variety of communication tools designed to keep members informed about what's going on in and around the Chamber and the business community. All members receive the monthly newsletter. Additionally, the Chamber's website will tell you everything you want to know about the Chamber doing business in Redondo Beach. Chamber staff members fax and e-mail weekly notices about what's going on each week.
Does the Chamber have publications that can be of use to my business?
The Chamber publishes the Guide to Redondo Beach, which includes, a roster of business Chamber members, and useful community & relocation information; a Visitors' Guide which is full of tourist service listings for lodging, dining, recreation, shopping, and event planning information; Map of the Redondo Beach, the only comprehensive street map for the beach cities Member to Members Discount giving members an opportunity to give special discounts to fellow members.
Do I have to attend all the Chamber events to be a member?
As a member of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau you are not obligated to attend the events; however, we strongly encourage you to do so as they are great opportunities to network with other local businesses, residents, potential customers, etc. and promote your business. Just remember, even if you are unable to attend Chamber events, you are still receiving numerous benefits and value as a member. The Chamber never stops working for all of its members!
How can I get more involved with the Chamber?
There are many committees in the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau that you can be a part of. A few of these include membership, networking, government relations, economic development, etc.
How can I be sure the Chamber is helping my business?
There are many activities and programs the Chamber is involved in that directly or indirectly help local businesses. For example, the Chamber monitors local, state and federal legislation that concerns businesses and advocates and lobbies for pro-business legislation. The Chamber also participates in a statewide weekly conference call when our state legislators are in session. In addition, the Chamber is able to mobilize a large number of local business people to attend City Council meetings and voice their opinions when there are agenda items that concern businesses.
Most businesses are too small to carry much weight, and may not have the time to talk with local and state government officials about issues that concern them. By representing local businesses, the Chamber is able to strengthen everyone’s voice and work towards creating a business environment that is conducive to growth. But the best way to know how the Chamber is helping your business is to call us and ask!