Become A Partner

Why Partner With the Columbia Chamber?

As a Partner of the Columbia Chamber, you enjoy a host of professional development and networking opportunities, but that is just scratching the surface of how Chamber partnership benefits you and your business. 

A nationwide study of over 2,000 adults revealed that when consumers know that a business is a Partner of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. 
 
This study, researched by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, indicates that two-thirds of consumers believe that companies who invest in their local chamber use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber, for instance is a chamber board member, consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

For more information on the Shapiro Study click here to read this article.

To learn more about partnership, please contact us at 803.733.1110 or email us today.

Network and Professional Development

  • Events including Coffee Connections, Midday Connections, Partner Engagement and Partner Orientation
  • Discounted pricing for all Chamber events
  • Participate in open forum Chamber Issues meetings
  • Free subscription to the Chamber’s weekly e-newsletter and upcoming events
  • Business and committee volunteering opportunities
  • Issues and policy representation at local, state and national levels
  • Access to training, workshops and seminars
  • Small business resources available

Market your Business

  • List your business in the online Partner Directory
  • Inclusion in the Chamber’s Smart Buys Program, which receives nearly 20,000 inquiries each year
  • Ribbon cutting and ground breaking opportunities
  • Brochure display space in the Chamber’s Newcomer Information Room
  • Share news and upcoming events with other Chamber partners

Support the Local Economy

  • Help improve local education and workforce development
  • Work with other businesses to strengthen our community
  • Help retain and build our military community through our Military Affairs Committee