Member Benefits

Advertising Opportunities

Loudon County Living Guide and Membership Directory: This full color, lifestyle magazine and annual directory is distributed to 5,000 members, visitors, newcomers and residents of the Loudon County area. Members only are listed free by classified categories, providing high visibility to potential customers. Display advertising is also available, providing even more visibility to potential customers.

Internet Exposure: The Chamber's web site includes a business directory of our members, giving them free global exposure. Each member may add a 50-word description of their business at no charge...it's like having your own mini web page! Any member who already has their own home page can have it linked to their Chamber listing for $50 - with an average of 40,000 hits per month - a very economical avenue of advertising.

Newsletter: Each month the Chamber newsletter, The Business Link, is included in the News-Herald, reaching almost 30,000 readers - all potential customers! All members can submit special event or sale information to encourage chamber members to do business with chamber members. In addition, very affordable broad exposure advertising is available to members through member only display advertising.

Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings: These ceremonies that increase the visibility of new or expanding businesses are provided to Chamber members only. Free post-event publicity is provided in the newsletter reaching almost 30,000 potential customers!

Member Sponsorships: High visibility and advertising value is offered to members who sponsor a Chamber event or initiative, such as a Business After Hours, Quarterly New Membership Luncheons, Taste of Loudon County, Speakers Series, Golf Open, the Business Link, and the Annual Membership Gala and Auction. As event sponsors, your name is prominently displayed and promoted. Pre-event publicity and mailings afford you broad advertising exposure at no additional cost above your sponsorship fee.

Special Newspaper: In the fall, the News-Herald publishes "FYI," a special newspaper tab section listing all Chamber members, reaching approximately 30,000 residents, businesses and tourists - providing huge exposure absolutely free! In the spring, a special "Salute to Industry" tab is co-sponsored by the Chamber and News-Herald, where all of the area's industries are listed free of charge.

Business Opportunities

Mailing Labels: Members have access to complete direct mailing information of over 400 Loudon County area businesses on ready to use labels or as a list. Chamber members receive the list for free and pay only $30 for labels.

Business Referral Service: Each month hundreds of referrals of Chamber business members are given to potential customers in response to inquiries. Members only are referred to these inquiries.

Relocation and Newcomer Lists: Members may receive a list of people who have requested newcomer packets to start establishing relationships before they even become residents! This is an excellent way for Chamber members to access the initial buying habits of newcomers. Members may also insert a flyer or brochure about their business in the Chamber's relocation packet for $100 annually.

Promotional Displays: Only members may display their cards and promotional materials in the Chamber office, providing exposure to hundreds every year.

Calendar: The Chamber maintains an ongoing calendar of community events. It is distributed to members in various ways, including the Business Link and via e-mail so that your calendar can be incorporated directly into your planning software!

Resource Center: Resources that businesses need are available at the Chamber office, free of charge to members. Examples include community demographics, local and area phone directories, local tourism publications, a list of clubs and organizations, SBA publications, local maps, major employers and industrial directories, contact information for all levels of government officials and Business Start Up Kits.

Advocate for Business: The Chamber is the voice of the business community in local, county, and state issues representing the business community in problem solving and promoting economic development. Action steps to continue playing such a vital role include:

  • Partner with the Tennessee State Chamber to oppose Job Killer bills.

  • Provide state legislative updates to the membership and encourage active participation in business friendly legislation.

  • Coordinate the Tennessee Three-Star Program which scores Loudon County on economic preparedness. Loudon County is a 20-year certified Three-Star community at the highest level.

  • Partner with local Chambers to compile and present an East Tennessee Regional Legislate Agenda to our state elected officials.

  • Partner with local agencies to address concerns and disseminate information regarding workforce development.

  • Encourage the “Get Out and Vote” campaign.

  • Collaborate with the Air Quality Task Force to provide notice and action steps involving Ozone Alerts and Air Quality concerns.

  • Support and promote the business counseling services of SCORE, Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Business Enterprise Resource Office, and Chamber members.

  • Continue to play an active role in local and regional transportation and visioning processes.

  • Provide small business and industry grass roots information through the US Chamber Federation Partnership.

  • Maintain membership in the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce, and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Networking Opportunities

Business After Hours: Held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., this is your chance to network, learn and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Numerous members offering vital community information and business building opportunities attend these networking events.

New Member Luncheon: Every quarter, a special luncheon is held to welcome all new Chamber members, allowing them to introduce themselves, promote their businesses, and network extensively. A review of all of the Chamber member benefits reinforces and teaches new members how to utilize their membership to the fullest extent. (By invitation only.)

Special Events: One of the most fun ways to network with fellow Chamber members is during its special events. The Taste of Loudon County promotes restaurant and food vendors and attracts over 800 in attendance. The Membership Gala & Auction is touted as the “Event of the County,” and attracts over 300 business, government and civic leaders, providing opportunities to expand your contact base.

Committees: Volunteer opportunities abound at the Chamber! Members may participate in any of our many active, dynamic committees, covering a wide range of interests, from business & economic development, member services, education, community development, government relations and special events. Not only does Chamber committee work provide members with an opportunity to actively participate in Chamber programming, it also affords members an organized and effective way of giving back to their community.

Other Benefits

S.C.O.R.E. Counseling: Excellent free one-on-one business advice from retired business executives is available by setting an appointment through the Chamber. S.C.O.R.E. also provides affordable seminars addressing topics crucial to basic business building, such as: Business Planning and Personnel Management; Marketing and Business Regulations, Financial Planning and Basic Accounting; Recordkeeping; Finances for the Business and Business Insurance.

Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO): A first-rate organization that works to expand economic opportunities for small, rural, minority and women-owned businesses in Tennessee. BERO provides technical, financial and management information assistance to entrepreneurs: start-ups and existing diversity businesses. BERO also works with the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise Office (Go-DBE) assisting small, women and minority businesses with procurement opportunities.

Business Seminars: These professionally conducted and informative seminars, conducted 8 – 10 times per year, assist businesses in becoming more successful by addressing "How to" topics and issues affecting the business community.

Federation Partnership: The Chamber has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to specializes in small business resources and grassroots operations promoting business. This program allows small business owners to find simple, easy answers to their questions with expert advice on topics such as hiring and managing employees, dealing with regulations and expanding a small business. It is a free service to Chamber members.