2017-2018 Membership Tiers Program

The Chamber Board of Directors is excited to announce its new Membership Tiers Program for the remainder of 2017 and for 2018.  

Previously, the Chamber had two tiers for membership:  Basic ($200/$350) and Premier ($500/$750), both based on the number of employees a business has.

The Chamber Board believes that its new Membership Tiers Program will more appropriately address the business requirements and needs of a business, and the type of benefits a business is seeking to obtain as a Chamber member.



Affiliate Membership

Business Requirement:

  • Must already be an established member in good standing of another local Chamber
  • Would like to be associated with our Chamber for promotion and growth of its business
  • Does business in South Hadley or Granby, but its office/headquarters is located in other city, town or geographical area.  If a business has a physical location/presence in South Hadley and/or Granby, e.g. branch office, the business does not qualify for Affiliate Membership (please see the other Tier categories)
  • May have a business address in South Hadley or Granby, but it conducts its actual business in another geographical area 

Membership Benefits:

  • Business listed in Chamber Website Directory (no logo, no hyperlink)
  • Private access to Membership Directory
  • Invited to Networking Events with other business owners
  • Invited to Business Education events
  • Free subscription to BusinessWest magazine

Cost:  $105/year

The business has the option at any time to switch to a higher-level/higher-cost membership tier, depending on its business needs.


Start-up Business Membership

 Business Requirement:

  • Must be in a “start-up” phase of a new and/or existing business located in South Hadley and/or Granby, or located in another city, town or geographical area and set-up to do business in South Hadley and/or Granby.
  • Looking to benefit from Chamber promotion, networking, business education, resources and other member expertise/guidance in establishing/growing its business without being unduly financially burdened with a high Chamber membership cost.

Membership Benefits:

  • Business listed on Chamber Website and Directory (logo and hyperlink)
  • Private access to Membership Directory
  • Invited to Networking Events with other business owners
  • Invited to Business Education events
  • Free subscription to BusinessWest magazine
  • Can participate in the planned Member-To-Member Business Discount Program*
  • Invitation to showcase its business at a Chamber event

Cost: 

Annual membership cost is a percentage of any Tier Level Business Membership (see below) that they choose based on the following timeline:

  • First year:  50% of Tier X Cost
  • Second year: 25% of Tier X Cost
  • Third year and beyond:  100% of Tier X Cost

The business has the option at any time to switch to a higher-level/higher-cost membership tier, depending on its growth and business needs.


Social, Civic and/or recreation club membership

Business Requirement:

  • Must be designated as a non-profit entity, e.g. 501 (c) 7, 501(c)3, within the non-profit sector with an established mission statement and an annual operating budget of $75,000 or less.
  • Would like to be associated with our Chamber for promotion and growth of its mission statement and goals.
  • Must serve the towns of Granby and/or South Hadley.

 

Membership Benefits:

  • Business listed in Chamber Website Directory (no logo, no hyperlink)
  • Private access to Membership Directory
  • Invited to Networking Events with other Chamber members
  • Invited to Business Education events
  • Free subscription to BusinessWest magazine

 

Cost:  $105/year

The business has the option at any time to switch to a higher-level/higher-cost membership tier, depending on its business and community service needs.


Business Membership

The following three tiers describe the “regular” membership levels for existing and potential new Chamber members.  The tiers are designed to provide escalating membership benefits depending upon the business model and needs of the business.  A business has the option at any time to switch to a higher-level/higher-cost membership tier (however, it cannot switch to a lower tier for a calendar year after renewal dues are paid). 

 

TIER 1

Membership Benefits:

  • Business listed in Chamber Website Directory (logo, no hyperlink)
  • Private access to Membership Directory
  • Invited to Networking Events with other business owners
  • Invited to Business Education events
  • Free subscription to BusinessWest magazine
  • Invitation to showcase its business at one Chamber event

Cost:  $205/year

 

TIER 2

 Membership Benefits:

  • Business listed in Chamber Website Directory (logo and hyperlink)
  • Private access to Membership Directory
  • Invited to Networking Events with other business owners
  • Invited to Business Education events
  • Free subscription to BusinessWest magazine
  • Invitation to showcase its business at one Chamber event
  • Participation in the planned Member-To-Member Business Discount Program*
  • Opportunity to host a Networking Event

Cost:  $360/year

 

TIER 3

 Membership Benefits:

  • Business listed on Chamber Website Home Page and Directory (logo and hyperlink)
  • Private access to Membership Directory
  • Invited to Networking Events with other business owners
  • Invited to Business Education events
  • Free subscription to BusinessWest magazine
  • Participation in the planned Member-To-Member Business Discount Program*
  • Opportunity to host a Networking Event
  • Business logo on all Chamber communications, materials, events
  • Business to be spotlighted on Chamber online social media platforms, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Business testimonials to be posted on Chamber online social media platforms
  • Participate in the Chamber’s planned Chamber Gift Card and/or Coupon Program*
  • Invitation to showcase its business at major Chamber annual events

 

Cost: $510/year

 

*  The Chamber is currently finalizing two planned new programs: Member-To-Member Business Discount Program and the Chamber Gift Card and/or Coupon Program, which is slated to be rolled out in 2017.


FOR CURRENT MEMBERS IN 2017: 

 Current members will keep “as is” their already-paid individual membership cost (unless they now want to “upgrade” to a higher membership tier, which will be prorated for the remaining calendar year).  They will continue to be provided all listed benefits according to their current “Basic” or “Premier” level that now closely corresponds to the new membership tiers and will receive any additional benefits listed for that cost level (for the Premier $750 level, it now corresponds to the Business Membership-Tier 3 Level).

 

DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIP TIER PROGRAMS:

Starting in 2017, as a reward and thank-you to current members who successfully recruit new business members for the Chamber, the Chamber will offer the following discounts to all current members, regardless of membership tier level:

 

  • A 10% discount off a Chamber member’s annual membership tier cost for each new member recruited in the current calendar year.
  • The discount is applied to the following year’s membership tier dues.
  • The discount will only be applied IF the newly recruited member renews its own membership for the following year.