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10 Benefits of Joining the Chamber


Your business benefits when it belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. Visit the Join page on our website to learn more about how much your business stands to gain by joining, plus view testimonials and additional info.

1. Networking Opportunities

In business, it’s who you know as much as what you know. The Chamber provides many occasions to meet face to face and strike up business relationships. Frequent networking events held at locations throughout eastern CT can help you get to know the movers and shakers of our region in relaxed settings.

2. Promotion

Think of the Chamber as your affordable advertising agency. We share news from our members, discounts, job openings, events, member spotlights, and much more. We make use of our extensive print, digital, and social media reach to share our members’ latest developments at zero added cost. Affordable paid advertising is also available for members.

3. Trustworthiness

A 2012 study showed that consumers are more likely to support your business if you belong to a Chamber of Commerce. For example, 49% of consumers are more likely to think favorably of your small business, and 80% more likely to purchase goods/services from your company in the future. A Chamber membership makes it clear that your company is serious about good business.

4. Strategic Partnerships

The Chamber’s numerous partnerships with peer organizations including SCORE Business Mentors, the Small Business Development Center, and the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board means experts are always available to point you in the right direction.

5. Professional Development

We organize programs that keep your employees focused and engaged. Popular programming includes the two-year Leadership Program, which exposes up-and-coming leaders to issues that affect life in eastern CT; and the Young Professionals of Eastern CT, a networking and volunteer group intended for young professionals in the Chamber’s service area (but open to all).

6. Community Concierge

The Chamber’s Community Concierge program is a new resource that welcomes new residents and new employees to eastern CT. If your business is hiring, visit for more info.

7. Giving Back

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation is an affiliated 501(C)(3) organization that enriches education and economic opportunities for children and families in the Chamber’s service area. If you want to make a difference for those in need in our region, the Foundation provides many opportunities to help.

8. Great Discounts

Our community-minded Chamber showcases a variety of discounts from throughout the region. Many are offered exclusively to Chamber members. The Chamber also provides a list of military discounts on our website. Additionally, members enjoy discounted admission at most of our 150+ annual events.

9. Business Workshops

We provide an array of marketing, HR, technology, government, and other seminars that keep our members informed and up-to-date. If interested in presenting to the business community, members are invited to contact the Chamber to propose workshops of their own. Members attend for free! Exclusions apply.

10. Referrals

The Chamber is pleased to recommend member businesses to the hundreds of website, phone, email, and social media inquiries we receive. Don’t let your business get left out.

Ready to join?

Visit the Join page on our website to find even more reasons to join, plus find news, info, and resources to help your business grow.