Member Advantages

Welcome to the 21st-century Chamber of Commerce. Today's Chamber of Commerce is an exciting and vital business tool, as varied in scope as its member businesses.

To many people, a Chamber of Commerce evokes pleasant images of small town 4th of July parades, sidewalk sales and a place to pick up coupons and free maps. However, Chambers provide myriad resources to businesses and communities. They are catalysts, creating a vehicle through which professional people and businesses can work for the common good of their communities.

The Chamber Can Bring You More Business

  • Create better connections
  • Make you more visible
  • Help you work smarter
  • Be an advocate for your business on a local, regional and state level

 

As a member of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce, you are helping to:

  • Strengthen our local economy
  • Promote the community
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Represent the interests of business with government
  • Take political action

 

The Chamber Provides Access

But perhaps the underlying goal of all Chamber activity can best be summed up in one word: ACCESS. Chambers provide members with access that they otherwise would not have.

Increased Access

All businesses have increased access to community planning and the shaping of public policy. And all member businesses have access to the knowledge and experience of fellow chamber members.

Increased Legislative Bargaining Influence

Another important benefit of Chamber membership is increased legislative bargaining power. Chamber members work together to impact decisions made by the city, county, school district, and state legislature. The clout of a unified business voice on local and state issues shapes the business environment of the future.

Networking

For many business leaders, Chamber membership is an excellent networking opportunity. By increasing the contact and awareness among businesses, chambers develop strong relationships within local business communities, ultimately benefiting their own bottom line through business growth. This is becoming an increasingly important function in this era of globalization.

Representation

Not all businesses who join a chamber are necessarily active members, but all are important. When it comes to representing the needs of the business community, there is indeed strength in numbers. Chambers of Commerce also benefit the communities they serve - on a small scale, by providing events, services, and in a larger sense, by promoting the growth of the local economy, the foundation of every community.

Waconia Bucks

Waconia Bucks are a great way to shop local! By purchasing Waconia Bucks, you are guaranteeing that your gift will be spent locally. Just like a personal check, Waconia Bucks spend like cash except that they cannot be redeemed for cash by the gift recipient. Waconia Bucks are available in any denomination and are valid at all Chamber member businesses. Purchase your Waconia Bucks at the Waconia Chamber of Commerce office at 209 South Vine Street, Waconia. Please call ahead for large orders. 952-442-5812.

Member Opportunities

Advertising/Marketing Opportunities

 

Business Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Networking

  • Monthly Luncheons
  • Coffee Connections
  • Chamber After Hours
  • Annual Golf Tournament
  • Ambassadors
  • Holiday Social
  • Waconia Young Professionals

 

Networking Special Interest

 

Additional Opportunities/Benefits

  • Access to Business Labels
  • Business Day at the Capitol
  • Business Referrals
  • Committee Participation
  • Legislative Bargaining Power
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Tourism and Relocation Referrals
  • Training & Educational Opportunities
  • Website Job Postings
  • Waconia Bucks

 

Volunteer Opportunities

4th of July Fireworks Celebration

  • Clean-up crew
  • Administrative/clerical assistance
  • Ticket sales/fundraising

Monthly Membership Luncheons

  • Registration assistance
  • Setup assistance

Nickle Dickle Day

  • Clerical/mailing assistance
  • Logistics
  • Chalk the parks
  • Green Team – trash and recycling patrol
  • Pop sales
  • Parking assistants
  • Loading/unloading assistance

Golf Tournament

  • Clerical/mailing assistance
  • Setup
  • Silent auction
  • Registration

Waconia Chamber Office

  • Administrative/phone
  • Data entry
  • Tourism mailing