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Johns Creek chamber growing membership, enhancing services
by Nicole Dow
August 21, 2013 02:34 PM | 1755 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a current membership of 448, the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to have 550 members by 2015, John Bemont, chamber president, said at the organization’s monthly meeting last week.

Board chairman Craig McCoy said there will be an initial challenge to reach a membership of 500 by the chamber’s annual gala, which will be Jan. 24, 2014.

He said though increased membership brings more financial support to the chamber, being able to provide services to more businesses in the city is what is most important.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re adding value to all 550,” McCoy said.

Bemont said the chamber’s mission is to help its members “connect, grow and thrive.”

To encourage bringing more businesses to the chamber, the organization is running a “chamber bucks” promotion through Sept. 5 where members will earn $50 for every new member they bring in.

The chamber bucks must be used towards the organization’s events or annual dues.

Bemont said the upcoming business expo, which will be Oct. 4 at The Bricks at Perimeter Church, will be another generator of new members.

Due to the response from last year’s expo, the event was moved to a larger location this year.

As the chamber grows, Bemont said another goal is to enhance member services and benefits.

The chamber will be revamping its website soon.

The education committee plans to launch a video library on the website where members can teach others helpful tips related to their field of expertise, said Carolyn Briner, one of the committee’s leaders.

The chamber’s new technology advisory committee hopes to bring educational sessions to member businesses.

“You will get to hear about some of the [technology-related] complications businesses face and ask questions. We have experts on our committee,” chairwoman Roochu Shah told members.

“Small businesses … cannot always afford a tech department or a tech person on call all the time,” she said.

The chamber is also partnering with Johns Creek Advantage to develop a small business resource center, which Bemont said he hopes is operational within 60 to 90 days.

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