MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS ADVANTAGES!
A host of benefits, services, and promotional opportunities are made available to you as a member of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce:
Annual Sponsorship Packages
The Chamber offers customized sponsorship packages for events and educational forums that provide key marketing exposure for your business. Your business can be a Chamber Sponsor and realize the benefit of this partnership all year long, with recognition promotion through media, web, and word of mouth referral. Please call the Chamber to discuss these valuable options.
Each month, the Chamber sends out a business envelope to approximately 400 members containing a group of inserts. $75 Insert Fee.
Business After Hours Sponsorship
Host or co-host a networking event at a member restaurant of your choice. These valuable networking events are open to the public and hosted on the last Tuesday of each month (except for November (none) and December when it is earlier in the month. We are currently scheduling for 2015: contact Patty Dyer, our Board member who coordinates the program, or Jen Mulhern, Office Manager of the Chamber. $200 Program Fee (half due upon commitment, half due prior to event).
Constant Contact and other Service Bundling Discounts
Chamber members are entitled to a 20% discount with Constant Contact. Other bundling discounts are currently defined on an ongoing basis.
Destination Ridgefield is the official tourism website for the town of Ridgefield, extending commerce, culture and community beyond the borders of our town. With a strategic marketing push and collaboration with the CT Office of Tourism, The go-to source for all things Ridgefield will continue to build traffic to your door and your business website. Special member-only pricing is available.
Directory Listing and Advertising Options
The Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory is a key resource for business and retail listings in every town. Our directory is printed each fall and is distributed to over 10,000 homes, and is also made available to hundreds of visitors throughout the year. Members benefit from 2 free listings (alphabetically and by category). In addition, color display ads are available for greater visibility.
Each year, the Chamber organizes themed events that provide opportunities for marketing and promotion of local businesses to hundreds of attendees. These events include our Kids Festival (May), Women’s Forum (May), Summerfest (July), Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off (September), and Carnival (September). Sponsorship and Exhibit Space information available at www.ridgefieldchamber.org.
Gift Certificate Program
2014 marks the year that the Chamber of Commerce “Gift of Choice” Gift Certificate Program is opened up to all Chamber member businesses. This very popular program is one more way the Chamber promotes shopping local. Over 1,000 certificates are sold annually keeping over $35,000 consumer dollars in the local economy.
Inaugural Lunch and State-of-the-Town Address
Join the Chamber at our annual membership luncheon including a state-of-the-town address by First Selectman Rudy Marconi. This event is typically held in March.
As a Chamber member, you and your employees are eligible for insurance discounts through the Chamber Insurance Trust. Visit them at www.citrust.com or call them directly at 203-795-9756.
Supply your business cards and/or brochures for display in the Chamber’s lobby at no charge. Posters are also accepted for display on our bulletin board or door (space permitting).
If you’d like to prepare your own mailing to all Chamber members, we can supply you with an Excel Spreadsheet or peel-n-stick mailing labels. $15 Fee for Excel Spreadsheet, $25 Fee for Mailing Labels.
Member to Member eBlasts
Promote your event or announcement to fellow Chamber members with a Constant Contact eBlast. Limited quantity available and messaging is at the discretion of the Chamber. $50 Set-up Fee.
Ribbon Cutting Reception & Ceremony
For new members and members who relocate their office, this reception serves to welcome and publicize your business to the community. Photo and announcement is included in the Ridgefield Press and other media outlets. There is no charge for this service.
This member-to-member resource includes a listing of all businesses and the option of custom pages for member businesses.
Rise and Shine Breakfast Seminars
Get qualified leads and the opportunity to generate new businesses through one on one networking and strategic programming. Each member has an opportunity to present at educational seminar on a topic of interest in which you have expertise. Limited memberships are available. $300 Program Fee.
Join A Business Council
If you would like to take an active role and get more out of your membership in the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce you are encouraged to serve on a Business Council and be part of Ridgefield’s Business Leadership Team. As a member of a Council you will help shape the future direction of our programming and projects. Councils have often proven to be one of the most effective networking opportunities the Chamber offers. Councils are open to members in good standing plus you must be active in the discipline of the particular Council. Joining a Council is your opportunity to learn from fellow members and develop the referral relationships that will help you grow your organization! Please call the office at (203) 438-5992 for more information, or visit www.ridgefieldchamber.org under Events for meeting dates/locations.
Retail Council - meets monthly on a Wednsday at 6 pm at the Chamber office to discuss issues affecting retailers. This group is responsible for assisting the Chamber with Shop Local campaigns and keeping the Ridgefield economy strong by keeping consumers' spending money in town.
Non-Profit Council - meets approximately every 6 weeks at 9 am at the Ridgefield Community Center to discuss how charities can aid each other, generate funds, and attract volunteers. This group is also responsible for aiding the Chamber with the "Chamber for Good" web site, a place where citizens and Chamber non-profit members connect to donate time and items.
Health & Wellness Council - meets on the first Monday of each month at 8 am at an assigned location for networking, sharing best practices, and ensuring that residents and visitors are aware of the abundance of options in Ridgefield which promote a healthy lifestyle. There is a separate member fee to join this Council, and businesses are welcome to attend 2 meetings for free to determine whether to become an active member.
Restaurant Council - newly formed in 2014, this Council will discuss the restaurant business in Ridgefield, share best practices, and help make Ridgefield a vibrant destination for dining and entertainment.
Rise N Shine Networking Group - this is a Chamber-affiliated networking group who meet on Thursday mornings from 8-9 AM in the RVNA conference room. Their purpose is to build strong professional relationships, exchange internal and external leads and referrals, and share success stories with their peers. They are currently recruiting new members in many industries (one member per industry) including but not limited to: Accountant, Attorney, Commercial Realtor, Electrician, IT Provider, Manufacturing, Painter, etc. There is a separate member fee and application process to join this Group.
Ridgefield Gift of Choice Program: The Chamber of Commerce promotes buying locally through its Gift of Choice Program. Customers can purchase Gift of Choice certificates at the Chamber office and use them like cash at more than 60 restaurants, stores, and businesses. Your business can be added to this growing list of merchants for just $60 per year. As a participant, you can then redeem the gift certificates at the Chamber office (or mail them in), resulting in immediate cash for you. Each merchant receives a window decal designating them as a “Gift of Choice” location.
Making Ridgefield an even BETTER place to live, work and play!
The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the any other national, state, or local Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the history of Chambers of Commerce, the article, Chambers of Commerce: The Basics, published by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, provides some broad insight. Clearly, the best way to learn about the Ridgefield Chamber is to become a member!