October 27, 2016
Dear Business Owner and Community Supporters:
I would like to share with you some of our thoughts for continued operation of the Chamber of Commerce and the importance that each business within the community thinks about Chamber membership. If you have been and plan to continue to be a Chamber member, we thank you very much! If you’ve never been or haven’t been a chamber member for some time, we hope that you will consider joining many other businesses as we work together to strengthen the Mountain Lake community.
The City of Mt. Lake has developed a new city web site. The City has been gracious enough to allow the Chamber to have a part of the new site. With the new site, Chamber members have the ability to promote their business through increased exposure. Each chamber member has their own web page within the city's web site complete with pictures, business description, links and contact information. Additionally, each Chamber member has access to their own page to update business information; sorry, no advertising.
Another new Chamber member benefit is a Member-to-Member Discount Card. If you elect to participate, the card will include your business and the special that you want to offer to other Chamber member employees (it's a benefit only available to Chamber members and their employees).
Mt. Lake is a small, rural community with a strong but relatively small business base. Because of this we do not have a very large budget to operate and put-on important community functions such as Pow Wow. Staff positions are “shared” with the City’s Economic Development Authority which has allowed the Chamber to remain a viable entity.
Here is a list of the typical activities that the Chamber Board and Staff plan for and put on every year:
Mt.Lake has a very active Chamber of Commerce! All activities are intended to promote the community and increase business opportunities for all businesses.
For 2017, the Chamber Board of Directors voted to increase dues by 3%. The increase will help enable the Chamber to remain financially viable and allow us to continue to provide the activities and business promotion that are essential to a community. Please be assured that the Chamber Board of Directors keeps a very tight watch over budget income and expenditures and we make every effort to make up as much of the budget as possible with income from various fund raising events. Also, we continually strive to attract new members through an ongoing membership drive.
In conclusion, please give consideration to joining the Chamber of Commerce in 2017 if you have not been a member recently or in the past. And, if you are a member, your continued support means a great deal to us and the community.
We would be more than happy to visit your business if you have any questions about the role of the Chamber in Mt.Lake or about the membership dues structure.
Rob M. Anderson