Membership application is currently being updated – for more information about joining the chamber, email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org
By taking advantage of one or more of these exclusive member benefits, your business will see a return on your membership investment immediately.
Members receive a plaque and window cling to display which identifies them as members of Gilmer County’s most active and progressive business organization. New members also receive recognition through local media, our weekly radio spot, social media, Chamber e-news and at a Chamber network luncheon.
New 2024 Tiered Dues
Our chamber has seen incredible growth in the past decade, and we now boast over 800 members strong! In an effort to provide the best possible services to our members, we have increased our capabilities over the last few years to provide more opportunities for networking, free business workshops, expanded membership services, upgraded events, new technology and much, much more. The next step in our strategic plan is the implementation of a new, more efficient dues structure. This new structure for chamber dues will be launched as of January 1st, 2024 and includes five levels of membership, each with its own list of benefits. Read the benefits of each membership level ->
Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings
These ceremonies are organized by the Chamber to promote new business, or expansions, new locations and new owners of existing businesses. Photos are featured in The Times Courier, Chamber e-news and social media.
Your listing in our Business Directory is an important part of your membership package. Members are listed in our online business directory at www.business.shztky688.com/list. Listings include company name, address, phone and email. Company representatives may also be listed. We include a direct link to your website and social medial pages. A map and directions are another feature of our directory. Additional enhancements are available for an additional fee. In addition, our business directory is listed in Information Please, a publication of the Times Courier, which is printed each spring for distribution throughout the year.
Available Meeting Space
We offer a meeting room for our home-based members or those businesses who may need to meet off site. Our facility offers private meeting space for up to 12 people during normal business hours. The space must be reserved in advance.
We have partnered with the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center. Consultants are available once a month to meet with our members on a variety of topics for business owners. Contact the chamber office for appointments.
Free Office Services
For limited use, we offer free office services to our members. You may fax, copy, scan, or print off documents that you may need in order to promote and develop your business.
Free Notary Public
As a member, you receive Notary Public signatures and Certificates of Origin for free. According to Georgia state law, a notary public can charge $2.00 per stamp for the service they provide. The Chamber has three notary public on staff who provide this service at no charge.
Consumers look to the Chamber to recommend businesses. We only refer our chamber members.
Chamber Member Vendor Fees
The Chamber hosts various festivals and events in the community. As a Chamber Member, you will receive discounted vendor fees to participate in these events. For specific prices, please refer to the appropriate vendor application.
Auto-Owners offers discounts on business insurance for chamber members. Please contact your insurance agent for information on this benefit. Chamber members with 2-50 employees are eligible for discounts on a variety of insurance types through Purchasing Alliance Solutions. They can be reached at 770-579-1214.
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Chamber members are invited to participate in these events:
- “Chamber 101” Member Orientation Breakfasts
- Network Luncheons
- Business Connections/After-hours
- Business Workshops
- Annual Meeting & Gala
- Other events as announced
Our biweekly e-newsletter, Chamber Bytes, keeps members posted on upcoming Chamber events along with listing new and renewing members and links to our calendar of events. Chamber Times is printed once each month in the Times Courier newspaper. We also host a once-a-week tourism podcast on WJLA where we talk about upcoming events, featured members, new members, events and other opportunities.
The Chamber, in connection with local law enforcement, keeps members informed of possible criminal and fraud issues affecting our area.
Georgia Chamber of Commerce Federation
Chamber member companies with 1-10 employees receive a no-cost membership to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Federation. The primary representative from each chamber member receives a subscription to GeorgiaTrend Magazine.