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2017 member orientation


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Get to know the Greater Hewitt Chamber & learn how get the most out of your membership!

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2017 member orientation

  1. 1. WELCOME
  2. 2. WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE? Alissa Cady, GHC Executive Director cham· ber of com· merce Noun a local association to promote and protect the interests of the business community in a particular place. Brief Overview: • First chamber was founded in 1599 in France • Chambers have local businesses as members who elect a board of directors to set policy for the organization. The board then hires a director and staff to operate the chamber. • Each chamber operates separately but may form regional partnerships and/or join state, national and international bodies. The Greater Hewitt Chamber is located at 101 Third St. in Hewitt’s historic train depot
  3. 3. SERVING GREATER HEWITT SINCE 1978 The chamber’s purpose is to promote an environment of goodwill and prosperity among the businesses, citizens and community organizations in the greater hewitt area. The organization strives to foster, protect, and promote the commercial, industrial, civic, agricultural and general interests of the community. As of 2017, the Greater Hewitt Chamber represents 18,000 jobs & almost 30 local non-profit organizations, and has awarded over $50,000 to local students through the Greater Hewitt Chamber Scholarship Fund. GREATER HEWITT CHAMBER’S MISSION Alissa Cady, GHC Executive Director
  5. 5. PARTNERSHIPS : CITY Adam Miles, Hewitt City Manager The Chamber works closely with the City on business, economic and community development; the Chamber also works to promote tourism and serves as a visitor bureau for Hewitt.
  6. 6. BOARD OF DIRECTORS: • 28 total directors, serve on volunteer basis • Meet monthly on Chamber operations, budget & mission fulfillment - assist in recruiting members and securing sponsorships throughout the year • Over 300 years combined experience in various industries including small, medium, Fortune 500 & international business development • Board is led by Executive Committee: acts in executive capacity with matters requiring immediate attention & guides long-term planning; comprised of president, 1st and 2nd vice presidents, secretary, treasurer & past president LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Frank Thomas, GHC Director AMBASSADORS: • Serve as face of the Chamber and extension of board’s leadership • Support the Chamber’s membership retention plan by reaching out to fellow members • Almost 40 ambassadors currently serving the Chamber COMMITTEES • 2017 committees include: Awards*, Banquet, Budget*, Bylaws, Communications, Golf, Long-Range Planning*, Membership, Nacho Daddy Fest, Nominating*, Scholarships & Spooktacular (*members appointed)
  7. 7. NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES: LUNCHEONS & BREAKFASTS Frank Thomas, GHC Director • Held at least once per month • Venues vary month-to-month • Formats may differ slightly month-to- month but will always feature a speaker, business member commercials or a combination of the two; events may also include facility tours • Cost for business members to attend is $12-$20 depending on venue • Full catered meal provided • Average attendance = 50 • Sponsorship opportunities available GHC Members tour the Do It Best warehouse on Hewitt Drive
  8. 8. NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Frank Thomas, GHC Director • Held at least once per month • Sponsor/venue varies month-to-month • Usually held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Event is casual with no set agenda, and attendees are welcome to come and go at their convenience. • No cost to attend • Refreshments and beverages typically provided • Average attendance = 80 • Sponsorship (hosting) opportunities available for 2018
  9. 9. NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES: RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES Frank Thomas, GHC Director • Held at the member’s request – typically for a new business, new management or to celebrate a business milestone. • The GHC typically hosts three to five per month • Everyone is invited to come support the business • No cost to attend • Average attendance = 20 • Contact the GHC staff to coordinate a ribbon cutting
  10. 10. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS Diane Jenkins, GHC Ambassador MEMBERSHIP BANQUET (JAN.) • Includes live music, catered dinner, award & scholarship presentation, keynote speaker, cash bar & luxury raffle; held at the Waco Convention Center in 2017 • Sponsorships started at $200 for the 2017 banquet • 2017 tickets were $55 each ($430 for table of 8); average attendance = 500 NACHO DADDY CAR SHOW & CONCERT (MAY): • Held at Warren Park • Fun, family event with lots to do! Live music,, car show, kids zone, food trucks & more. Benefits Hunger Free MISD. • Parking $10/car, admission free; expected attendance = 1500 • Sponsorships available starting at $100
  11. 11. GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPT.): • 2017 will be 32nd annual tourney – past themes include Nerdy 30 & Tropical Tee-Off • Event is at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course - includes lunch, luxury raffle & contests on every hole with chance to win a car and/or $1 million • Sponsorships start at $105; player costs $115 each or $400 for team; average attendance = 32 teams of four & 50 volunteers • Benefits Greater Hewitt Chamber Scholarship Fund CREEKSIDE SPOOKTACULAR (OCT.): • Held on Halloween at Warren Park • Event includes trick or treating, games, bounce houses, costume contests, crafts, food trucks, prizes & more! • Admission & parking is free; sponsorships start at $100; average attendance = 1200 • Benefits the Hallelujah Food Pantry SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS Diane Jenkins, GHC Ambassador
  12. 12. CITY OF HEWITT’S HOUNDS & SOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL (APRIL) • Live music, kid’s zone, raffle prizes, food trucks, pet adoptions & more. Event benefitting the Central Texas Humane Society. LEAD EXPLOSION JOINT NETWORKING EVENT WITH WOMEN OF WACO (JUNE) • Program includes dinner seating with likely business prospects (seats assigned), 30-second business commercials and time for setting follow-up appointments. HEWITT POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT (JULY) • Promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer. Includes vendor booths, bounce houses, children’s games, food, live music and more! SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: PARTNERED MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS Kristi Schlee, GHC Ambassador
  13. 13. HEWITT PUBLIC LIBRARY’S DOG DAYS CANINE EVENT (SEPT.) • Aims to provide the greater Central Texas community with a fun family day to enjoy a variety of activities, learn from experts, connect with other dog lovers & even adopt a pet! SIP N’ SHOP WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR FEMALE EXECUTIVES (NOV.) • A fun night of holiday shopping with local vendors, refreshments & networking HEWITT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING (DEC.) • Enjoy crafts, hot chocolate, cookies, story telling, Spring Valley Elementary School Choir, Santa & more! MORE INFO ON ALL EVENTS AT HEWITTCHAMBER.COM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: PARTNERED MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS Kristi Schlee, GHC Ambassador
  14. 14. • 3000 printed quarterly (January, April, July & October) • Free to readers • Mailed to all GHC members and area visitor centers along I35 corridor • Placed in 40+ high-traffic locations in the greater Hewitt area (banks, Post Office, clinics, restaurants and WalMart) • Included in welcome bags given to new residents & new employees at large area employers • Digital issue promoted by Greater Hewitt Chamber & Midway ISD • Features articles on area businesses and history, new member spotlights, event photos, calendar & more • Ads start at $127 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: PRINT ADVERTISING HEWITT EXPRESS MAGAZINE Carlena Lesso, GHC Director
  15. 15. • Won 1st place in 2016 Texas Chamber Media Contest in its category • 3000 printed every January • Same distribution as Express magazine • Features info on City of Hewitt, area attractions, education, business directory, map & more • 2017 ads started at $236 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: PRINT ADVERTISING COMMUNITY GUIDE & BUSINESS DIRECTORY Carlena Lesso, GHC Director
  16. 16. E-BLAST • Exclusively promoting your business sent to GHC’s database of 2000 people living/working in the greater Hewitt area; the blast is also posted on the GHC social media • Great way to promote a sale, special event or new product/service. • Member sends graphics & text to the chamber staff, and the staff sends a preview for the member to approve. • Cost is $75; email staff for availability. E-BULLETIN • The weekly e-bulletin provides a quick snapshot of upcoming events, community news & opportunities for members. • Sent to over 2000 people living/working in greater Hewitt • Banner ads available on a weekly basis for and may link to the sponsor’s business web page or social media. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIGITAL ADVERTISING Brian Black, GHC Ambassador
  17. 17. MOBILE APP • Includes dining, attractions, shopping, events, member listings and digital GHC publications. • Promoted at GHC member hotels. • Ads are available on a monthly basis for and may link to the sponsor’s business web page or social media. WEBSITE • Features an online member direcotry, a calendar of community events, information on the greater Hewitt area’s amenities & more. • Utilized by chamber members, residents and visitors - receives over 2500 page views per month. • Ads on the home page are available on a monthly basis for and may link to the sponsor’s business web page or social media. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: DIGITAL ADVERTISING Brian Black, GHC Ambassador
  18. 18. MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Jeanne Rieger, GHC Ambassador MONTH ONE 1. Stay plugged in by getting in the habit of scanning the chamber’s weekly e-bulletin 2. Perfect your elevator pitch for networking events (you should be able to tell your name and position, business name, what your business offers and your ideal referral all in 30 seconds) 3. Attend a Chamber event & set a goal of meeting three new contacts 4. Get familiar with the GHC Benefits Reminder card – are you taking advantage of all of the benefits available to you? (available online at
  19. 19. MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Jeanne Rieger, GHC Ambassador MONTH TWO 1. Download the Greater Hewitt Chamber app - you can register for Chamber functions using the Events tab 2. Make sure your chamber sticker is displayed at your company’s front door for a boost in credibility and favorability with your customers! 3. Contact the Chamber staff to schedule your ribbon cutting ceremony. 4. Go through the Chamber directory & get to know your fellow members.
  20. 20. MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Donna Muhlman, GHC Director MONTH THREE 1. Get your business spotlighted in the next Hewitt Express magazine! Email the staff to get your logo and a brief article about your business included in the magazine. 2. Review Event & Publication Sponsorships for opportunities to increase brand awareness by supporting a community event or advertising in a publication 3. Review Ambassador and Committee information for leadership opportunities 4. Bring your marketing materials to the depot office for new resident welcome bags welcome
  21. 21. MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Donna Muhlman, GHC Director Event attendance is the number one thing you can do to see a return on the investment of your chamber membership. • Stay in-the-know with GHC emails & social media • Be engaged – come to events & serve in leadership roles • Get to know your fellow members & do business (and/or refer business) to them • Full 90-day action plan for a successful membership available at The strength of the Greater Hewitt Chamber rests in our relationships. The more members get to know one another, the stronger our Chamber, community and local economy become.