After careful consideration by your Washington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Ambassadors and staff, your Chamber changed the way members invest. Like many chambers are doing, we moved to a tiered dues system, which provides benefits based on the investment level a partner selects.
In the past, our members have joined and paid membership dues based on the number of employees in their organizations. Your Chamber’s new “tiered” system provides increased benefits plus additional benefits.
You are probably wondering why we made such a drastic change to our revenue stream? The answer – it guarantees choice and investment when choosing a membership package that is important to your business and fits your business goals as well as adhering to your Chamber’s mission of providing valuable benefits and services to our members. With the past “fair share” model of benefits, we were punishing you for growing; as your business grew and you hired new employees, your benefits were not changing, but the price you paid increased. The requests of our members are also not necessarily based on the size of the business or the number of employees. A “one size fits all” benefits package was not working. Our solution was to develop different levels of benefits and match them to a dues investment.
Your Chamber began carefully considering a different membership structure in 2013. We began researching other chambers that had made the switch. Our board and staff studied the effects the change would have on our business community, organization and membership. We have scrutinized, evaluated and measured our chamber benefits. Some remained or were changed, some were created and others removed altogether.
- Our partners are listed on our website in up to three different categories, but we have added pictures and descriptions to those at our two star to five star levels.
- We still offer reduced costs and sometimes free events and programs with your membership.
- We added co-op advertising opportunities to our levels that are two-star and above.
- Customized benefits depending on your investment level.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting to discuss membership and benefits, please contact us at 309.444.9921 or through the e-mails provided below. Our new membership package is available for you to view on www.washingtonilcoc.com/memberbenefits.