Tiered Membership

Chamber of Commerce Membership Investment Structure

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It’s all about choice...and improved membership benefits.

After careful consideration by the Blount Partnership’s Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, staff and the membership committee, the Chamber is changing the way members invest. Like many chambers during the past decade, we are moving to a tiered dues system which provides benefits based on the investment level a member selects.

In the past, businesses joined and paid membership dues solely based on the number of employees in their organizations. This criterion is still applied but, in the new structure, members choose the benefits that they want and need, then invest accordingly. The Chamber’s new tiered system provides increased benefits with comparable dues – plus many new benefits, even at the entry level.

Why?

You’re probably wondering why the Chamber would make such a change in the way we do business. Why would we adjust our price structure and change our revenue stream? The answer is simple: It guarantees equity and choice when choosing a membership package that is important to your business and is aligned with the Chamber’s mission of developing a robust economic base.

We listened carefully to the benefit requests of our membership and benchmarked similar chamber benefit offerings. We found that most chambers valued different benefits for a variety of reasons. For some, having a voice in advocacy was most important. For others, the ability to network and advertise was paramount. These requests weren’t necessarily based on the size of the business or the number of employees. The “one size fits all” wasn’t working.

The solution was to develop several levels of benefits that matched the membership dues investment.

Increasing Benefits Across All Levels

The Chamber began to consider changing to a different membership structure in 2011 as we benchmarked and learned from other chambers that had made the switch. The staff studied the effects the change would have on the organization and membership.

At the same time, member benefits were scrutinized, evaluated and measured. Some remained or were changed, many were created and others removed altogether.

For example, members can still list their business the Chamber’s website and in the hard copy directory, but we’ve added expanded listings and company profiles at the higher levels. We still have free programs and events for all members plus reduced pricing for other events and programs with your membership.

The Blount Partnership’s Chamber of Commerce has nine membership levels to choose from. 

We encourage you to review the new membership levels and maximize your membership benefits

Thank you for supporting our mission to develop a robust economic base!

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Hahn at 865.719.3237 or jhahn@blountpartnership.com 

Membership Investment Schedule
Platinum Premier Level $20,000
Premier Level $12,000
Presidential Level $7,500
Chairman Level $5,000
Executive Level $3,250
Visionary Level $2,500
Classic Level $1,500
Partner Level $750
(Not available to businesses with more than 35 employees)
Business Level $350
(Not available to businesses with more than 10 employees)


(Some exclusions apply, but are not limited to the following: advertisements in Basically Blount, Glenn Shepard seminar, and map ads)

Business Tiers

Business Level Tier 1

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The Business Value membership investment level is designed for the new small business owner seeking to enhance their visibility and grow business contacts at chamber networking programs and events. This membership level is not available to businesses with more than 10 employees.

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Free digital marketing through Save Local Now (maryville.savelocalnow.com)
  • New Members receive one free 3” x 5” ad ($375 value) in The Daily Times
  • New Members highlighted in Chamber newsletter and scrolling name on website
  • New Members receive an invitation to a Chamber Social
  • One voting representative/contact name & business category listed in Basically Blount and website
  • Show your business credibility by using the Blount Chamber logo in your marketing efforts
  • Proudly showcase your membership plaque and mylar sticker in your place of business
  • Weekly email communication with timely information to help your business
  • Opportunity to purchase member mailing labels and email marketing campaign
  • Opportunity to participate in Chamber committees
  • Invitations to over 20 networking events each year
  • Promotion of your business news and events on Facebook, Twitter, online calendar and Save Local Now
  • Invitation to Constant Contact seminar and free network training classes
  • Inclusion of business cards/brochure in Chamber lobby
  • Visitor and customer referrals both online and staff
  • 85% tax deductible as a business expense
  • Save money by using the TN Prescription Drug Card, Fleet Fuel program, A-Z Office Supplies, Group Transportation Services
  • Chamber members receive special pricing through Constant Contact email marketing
  • Included on Blount Partnership app, download forfree at your app store
  • 50% discount on ribbon cuttings/ground breaking services

Total Value - $1,300 | Business Membership Investment $350

Partner Level Tier 2

This membership level is recommended for businesses that have established an identity and are recognized in the market place, yet seek additional opportunities to grow. This membership level is not available to businesses with more than 35 employees. 

The Business Partner level includes all of the benefits of the Business Associate membership, PLUS these upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • One additional category listing in the membership directory
  • Two voting representatives/contact names listed in membership directory and website
  • Ribbon cuttings / Grand Openings / Ground Breaking / Re-Grand Opening service
  • Enhanced listing with logo on website
  • Database of chamber members to mail house for one time use
  • Access to one email campaign per year
  • Complimentary Notary Service
  • Bimonthly list of newcomers
  • Two complimentary uses of the Chamber boardroom (upon availability)

Total Value - $2,430 | Partner Membership Investment - $750

 

Classic Level Tier 3

This membership level is recommended for businesses that are planning to build additional clients, customers, and relationships to other businesses. They will continue to strengthen their involvement in the community and in the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. 

The Classic Level includes all of the benefits of the Partner Level membership, PLUS these upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • One VIP Membership
  • Four voting representatives/contact names listed in membership directory and website
  • Two location listings in membership directory and website
  • One ticket to the Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration
  • Invitation to quarterly President’s breakfast
  • Inclusion of brochures in newcomer packets for one month
  • Four complimentary uses of the Chamber board room (upon availability)
  • Operation Thank You Sponsor

Total Value - $4,730 | Classic Membership Investment - $1,500

Visionary Level Tier 4

This membership level is for businesses and organizations that have the ability to be on the leading edge in our region. These businesses are successful because of their ability to lead change, while being creative and innovative. They continue to strengthen their involvement in the community by ensuring high visibility and increased access to local and state leaders. 

The Visionary Level includes all of the benefits of the Classic Level, PLUS these following upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Eight voting representatives/contact names listed in membership directory & website
  • Three location listings in the membership directory and website
  • Total of two VIP Memberships
  • Two tickets to Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration
  • One company spotlight in the newsletter per year
  • One month ad on monitors in Chamber and Townsend Visitor Center lobbies that see 140,000 visitors per year
  • 50% discount on one month business display in Chamber lobby (over 2,000 visitors each month)

Total Value – $8,940 | Visionary Membership Investment - $2,500

Executive Level Tier 5

This membership level is recognized within the community for their commitment to Blount County and their active engagement in programs, projects, events, and services that promote economic prosperity. These businesses are recognized for their leadership role in our region. 

The Executive Level includes all of the benefits of the Visionary Level, PLUS these upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Ten voting representatives/contact names listed in the membership directory and website
  • Four location listings in the membership directory and website
  • Sponsorship opportunity voucher up to $300
  • Access to two email campaigns per year
  • One month display in Chamber lobby (over 2,000 visitors each month)
  • Three months ad on monitors in Chamber and Townsend Visitor Center lobbies that see 140,000 visitors per year
  • Banner ad on www.BlountChamber.com homepage
  • One video on monitors in Chamber and Townsend Visitor Center that see 140,000 visitors per year
  • Unlimited ‘Certificate of Origin’ service
  • Six complimentary uses of Chamber board & meeting rooms (upon availability)

Total Value - $14,990 | Executive Membership Investment - $3,250

Chairman Level Tier 6

The leadership level of membership within the Blount County Chamber of Commerce is our Chairman Level. The members in this level are recognized by the community as leading supporters of the Chamber and the region. This prestigious group serves as advisors to the Board of Directors of the Chamber. 

The Chairman Level includes all of the benefits of the Executive Level, PLUS these upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Sponsorship opportunity voucher up to $500
  • Five location listings in the membership directory and website
  • CEO or organization profiled in membership directory and website
  • Three total VIP memberships
  • Up to 12 contact names in the membership directory and website
  • Six months ad on monitors in Chamber and Townsend Visitor Center lobbies that see 140,000 visitors per year
  • Listing on banner in Chamber lobby (over 2,000 visitors each month)
  • Four tickets to Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration
  • Two tickets to Best of Blount Awards, Taste of Blount, Pigs & Politics, Supervisor’s Training Seminar

Total Value - $24,550 | Chairman Membership Investment - $5,000

Presidential Level Tier 7

This is the second-highest level of membership in the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. These significant companies are recognized as being indispensable to the success and viability of the Chamber and the Community.

The Presidential Level includes all of the benefits of the Chairman Level, PLUS these upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Sponsorship opportunity voucher up to $1,000
  • Six location listings in the membership directory and website
  • Three total email campaigns
  • Logo in weekly Chamber email newsletter
  • Logo in monthly ChamberLink printed in The Daily Times
  • Four total VIP memberships
  • Eight months ad on monitors in Chamber and Townsend Visitor Center lobbies that see 140,000 visitors per year
  • Listing on banner in Chamber lobby (over 2,000 visitors each month)
  • Inclusion of brochure in all newcomer packets
  • 10 tickets to Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration
  • Four tickets to Best of Blount Awards, Taste of Blount, Pigs & Politics, Supervisor’s Training

Total Value: $37,140 | Presidential Membership Investment: $7,500

Premier Level Tier 8

This is the premier level of membership in the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. These significant companies are recognized as being indispensable to the success and viability of the Chamber and the Community. 

The Premier Level receives all of the benefits of the Presidential Level, PLUS these additional upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Five total VIP memberships
  • Unlimited Blount County locations listed in the membership directory and website
  • Sponsorship opportunity voucher up to $2,500
  • 12 months ad on monitors in Chamber and Townsend Visitor Center lobbies that see 140,000 visitors per year
  • 10 tickets to the Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration
  • Six Tickets to Best of Blount Awards, Taste of Blount, Pigs & Politics, Supervisor’s Training Seminar

Total Value - $53,320 | Premier Membership Investment - $12,000

Platinum Premier Level Tier 9

An investment at the Platinum Premier Level recognizes a company’s high level commitment to Blount County and its economic well being as well as utilizing the Chamber and its activities as an element of its overall marketing plan to the community.  

The Platinum Premier Level includes all of the benefits of the Premier Level, PLUS these additional upgraded benefits. 

Business Networking / Relationship Building / Business Visibility / Business Resources

  • Business name on the Blount Partnership main and small board rooms
  • Business name on outdoor gardenspot
  • Logo presence on all VIP event marketing materials
  • Logo presence on Chamber benefits brochure cover
  • Testimonial source in Chamber marketing materials, website and social media
  • Logo on lobby monitors at Blount Partnership facility and Townsend Visitor Center with an average of 140,000 visitors per year
  • Name recognition on two park benches at the Blount Partnership entrance
  • Ten board room rentals
  • Annual job fair sponsor plus booth with more than 500 job seekers
  • Six Hops in the Hills craft beer festival tickets
  • Four parking passes to Townsend Spring/Fall Festivals
  • Booth at Taste of Blount with an average attendance of 600

Total Value - $75,110 | Platinum Premier Membership Investment - $12,000

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