Benefits of Joining the Chamber of Commerce


Involvement, Resource, Representation, Networking

Things you may not know about the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce:

  • The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce has been connecting Yuma commerce for over 110 years. 
  • We currently have over 725 members, representing over 17,000 employees.
  • We are fully funded by memberships and events.  
  • We foster capitalism and advocate for less government intrusion into businesses and lobby to reduce costly over-regulation and the high cost of compliance.  

Your membership with the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce connects you to the community and local businesses.

To maximize the effectiveness of your Chamber membership, we have created many outlets for you, and us, to actively promote your business:

 

1) Access to the membership directory

As a Chamber member, you have access to the Chamber's Membership Directory. You can log in and manage your listing to include your contacts, addresses, phone and fax numbers, as well as pay your membership online.

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2) Chamber Events: 

*Good Morning, Yuma!
This breakfast is on the second Thursday of every month and is attended by over 150 businesses.  Promotional opportunities include:

  • Soap Box (30 seconds)
  • Soap Box (60 seconds)
  • PowerPoint Slide
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Distribute Promotional Material

*Monthly Mixers
Chamber Mixers are held after business hours on the fourth Wednesday of every month, and are attended over 100 business people.  Promotional opportunities include: 

  • Face to Face Networking
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
 

*Lunch & Learn
These new lunch events occur once every quarter, during lunch time.  Every Lunch & Learn features a guest speaker who will touch on topics relevant to your business, employees and growth in our community.  Promotional opportunities include:

  • Sponsorship Benefits
  • Face to Face Networking
 

*Military Appreciation Day
Join us as we salute active military personnel, military veterans and their families. Yuma has had a long relationship with the armed forces – back to the days of Fort Yuma and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot. We take pride in being known as a “military-friendly town.”  Families can visit military displays, enjoy guest speakers, listen to live music and enjoy lots of family fun.  

Promotional opportunities include: 

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Booth Opportunities
  • Committee Involvement
 

*Military Family Information Fair
This family event takes place in May.  This event targets military families new to the area or families who have been here a while but may be in needs of a new outlook on Yuma.  This event is a great way to show new Yumans who you are and what your business can do for them.  

Promotional opportunities include:

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Booth Opportunities
  • Committee Involvement 

 

*Business Expo
This annual event takes place in August and is an exciting showcase of our members! Members have exclusive rights to booths at this event.  Spend some one-on-one time with local residents and promote your business.  This event also hosts fun entertainment and food options to add energy to the day.  Before this event opens to the public, the Chamber hosts a MEGA MIXER, where only other members can attend and talk to you about your business.  

Promotional opportunities include:

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Exclusive Booth Rights
  • Face-to-Face time with Yuma
  • Mega Mixer Participation


*Awards and Installation Dinner
This annual event is a special one, as we take time to swear in the incoming board members.  We also give away four special awards: Member of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and the Athena Award. 

Promotional opportunities include:

  • Event sponsorship
  • Award sponsorships 


*Candidate Forums for City and County Elected Officials 
This event happens during the Good Morning, Yuma breakfasts, when needed.  We give candidates the opportunity to speak on their hot-button issues. 

 

3) Chamber Publications: 
The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce is responsible for a few publications over the course of the year.  In these publications, members have a chance to promote themselves to a wide range of viewers. 

*Monthly YumaBiz Ad

*Monthly YumaBiz flyer inserts 

*Website Advertising 

*Yuma Area Map Ad 

*Annual Business Directory Ads 

 

4) Free Trainings:
Upon request, trainings can be scheduled for you and your staff.  If there are certain areas you feel your business could benefit from a little brushing-up on your skills, simply call the Yuma Chamber of Commerce (928-782-2567) and ask for more details!  Topics include: 

*Customer Service

*Team Building 

*Marketing Strategies 

*Communication of Sales 



5) Initiatives & Partnerships: 
The Chamber of Commerce has taken on various projects to help better our community and to establish stronger relationships between businesses and the people who live here.  These stronger relationships with the community build better relationships with your business. These projects include: 

*Managing the Armed Forces Park on Gila Street

*Participation in: 

  • Arizona Chamber Executives 
  • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
  • Arizona Town Hall 
  • AWC Economic Summit 
  • BetterYuma.org
  • First Things First
  • Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation 
  • San Luis Chamber of Commerce 
  • Somerton Chamber of Commerce 
  • United for Yuma 
  • Western Association of Chamber Executives 
  • Yuma 50 
  • Yuma Association of Realtors 
  • Yuma Area Agricultural Council
  • Yuma Council for CASA
  • Yuma County Fair Association
  • Yuma Southwest Contractors Association 
  • Yuma Visitors Bureau 
  • Yuma Youth Leadership Program 



6) Awards Programs:  
The Chamber of Commerce takes time during the year to find special people in the Yuma community and recognize them.  The purpose of these award programs is to honor those who make a difference in Yuma; to the economy and to the well-being of the community 

*June S. Pallack Excellence in Education Award for non-teaching personnel in Yuma County 

*Awards Program for the Yuma County Sheriff's Office

  • Deputy of the Year
  • Detention Officer of the Year 

*Awards for the Annual Dinner:

  • Athena Award
  • Small Business Person
  • Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year 
  • Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year 

*Military Awards Programs for: 

  • MCAS Yuma Marine of the Year 
  • MCAS Yuma NCO of the Year 
  • USN Sailor of the Year
  • YPG Soldier of the Year
  • YPG NCO of the Year 

*Summer Works in Yuma Program to employ teachers in the summertime


7) Committees: 
There are various committees in the Yuma Community that come out of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.  These committees include: 

*Military Affairs 

*Education

*Membership

*Ambassadors 

*Legislative 

*Transportation  



8) Other Benefits of Membership: 
In addition to the opportunities listed above, here are a few other benefits members receive: 

*Ribbon Cuttings

*Grand Openings

*Open Houses

*Monthly Direct mailed publication produced by the Chamber, "YumaBiz" 

*"Chamber Chatter," Weekly radio show on KBLU 560AM every Wednesday at 8 a.m. 

*Networking, Marketing & Advertising opportunities which gives credibility and visibility in the community 

*Fully optimized website to give your Directory Listing more exposure

*Bi-Annual Chamber Business Directory (even years) and Yuma County Map (odd years) 

*Referrals from the Chamber of Commerce Office 

*Membership benefits kit for all new members




Not a member yet?  Join HERE

 

Other inquiries or referrals can be directed to:

Yuma Chamber of Commerce
180 W. 1st St., Suite A
Yuma, AZ 85364

Phone: (928) 782-2567

Fax: (928) 343-0038

Email: info@yumachamber.org

 


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