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Membership Benefits and Events

Business is competitive and your company needs every edge it can get. Making an investment in the Howell Chamber of Commerce will help you maximize your opportunities for success. The Chamber is a vital tool for the growth of your business and the community. The highlights below illustrate the advantages of your Chamber of Commerce investment.

Competitive Group Health Insurance Programs for Your BusinessAs a member of the Howell Chamber, you have the ability to provide your employees with access to the new CentraState Community Health Plan (CCHP) *, a unique health insurance arrangement for businesses with two (2) or more eligible employees. The CCHP, offered in conjunction with the other plan options that are part of the QualCare suite of health programs, provides small and mid-size employer groups with a higher level of choice, flexibility and competitiveness than is generally found in traditional group health plans.* The CentraState Community Health Plan (CCHP) offered in partnership with the Affiliated Physicians and Employers Health Plan (APEHP), a New Jersey Self-Insured MEWA is approved and regulated by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI).

Watch the Fox Business News interview with John Gribbin, CEO of CentraState.

Active Committees - Develop your leadership involvement on a committee. Ask a Chamber representative about which committee you would best suit.

A Stronger Voice in Community and Local Government - including our Annual Howell Township Mayor & Council Update Meeting

Howell Chamber Member Networking

  • Our "Business After Hours" Networking events are quite popular and well attended. Members are given plenty of time to meet key business contacts and build profitable relationships. These events are not to be missed!

  • We also offer our popular Breakfast Bonanza Networking. $7.00 for members and $14.00 for nonmembers, includes a light breakfast. This is an opportunity for Howell Chamber members and non-member local businesses to get together to learn about marketing and networking strategies, as well as what services other businesses provide. Visit the website calendar for dates and locations or call the chamber office at 732-363-4114. 

Opportunities to Promote Your Business
  • Membership Directory - Chamber members are listed alphabetically, category and by phone number. Electronic and printed business directories list Chamber members only.

  • Member Referrals - When information is requested, either by phone or in person, the Chamber always refers Chamber members.

  • Member to Member Discount Program - Members are encouraged to offer member to member discounts. These are listed with your directory profile. 
  • New Resident Direct Mail Welcome Package - This is a great way for your business reach to new residents and businesses moving into our rapidly growing community. Here is how the program works:

Each month the Chamber receives a list from Howell Township of all residents moving into our town. The Chamber sends a customized Howell Chamber 10 x 13 envelope with our logo by Media Mail to each new resident in Howell. The packet contains a letter from the Chamber welcoming them into the community, voter's registration, cat and dog license info, and promotional pieces from our members. What a great way to introduce your business to the newest residents in Howell. Submit the request form with payment and the Chamber Office will contact you with details. For more information, contact the Chamber at 732-363-4114 for this fantastic program and the next deadline date. 

New Resident Program - Is it really worth it?? Read more!

  • Plaques- Our new members are presented Howell Chamber plaques to display in their business.
  • Ribbon Cuttings/Open Houses/Ground Breakings - Celebrate your business's relocation, opening or anniversary with this special members only service.
  • "Shop Chamber" Bags - Members are encouraged to drop off pamphlets, flyers, key chains, and other promotional items to the Chamber office to be placed in our "Shop Chamber" bags. There is no charge for this free promotion.
  • Sponsorships - Members can gain excellent publicity by sponsoring meetings and events throughout the year. This direct exposure is unmatched in the business community.

Sponsorship Benefits include: Business name included on all marketing materials, E-Mail blasts, newspaper announcements, and Chamber newsletter announcements. Display space is provided at the event and your business will have an opportunity to give a brief presentation about your business.

  • Web Site/Links - HowellChamber.com is the Chamber's online connection to its members and the world. Members can view the Chamber's Calendar of Events and search for fellow members. On the website directory, members are listed by category with website links provided at no charge.

What is the real value of joining a Chamber of Commerce?

Advocates of chambers of commerce have long believed that when a company is active in its local chamber, it is doing the right thing not only for the community but for its own success as well. This study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives with support from Small Business Network, Inc. and The Schapiro Group, is designed to do just that: determine the real value to companies in terms of consumer outcomes of joining and being active in their local chamber of commerce.

Data for the study come from a scientific web-based nationwide survey confirm:

-Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is 29% more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.

-If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber, consumers are 22% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

-When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community, and is an industry leader.

-When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.

-When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43% more likely to consider buying insurance from it.

-When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

The results show that being active in the local chamber of commerce is a good strategy for businesses to use in communicating each of the four specific company traits. Statistically, it is an effective way to convey to consumers that a company 1) uses good business practices, 2) is involved in the community, 3) cares about customers, and 4) is reputable—regardless of whatever they may or may not already think about the company.

If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board/involved as ambassador), consumers are 22% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition. When consumers find out that a company is involved with its local chamber, they are 19% more likely to think favorably of that company. This effect is not dependent on the degree of chamber involvement; it holds true regardless of whether or not the company is highly involved in the chamber.

*Source: The Shapiro Group

Call the Chamber Office to see how a Chamber membership can help your business!

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