Myth #1: The Chamber is a branch of the local government
Truth: The Grundy County Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based 501©6 non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Although we work closely with the towns and villages in the area to make Grundy County a better place to live, work and play we are not a part of the local government.
Myth #2: I can only join if I have a brick-and-mortar store
Truth: Although we do have many retailers that are members, we also have many non-profits, home-based businesses, large businesses and small businesses. Whether you are one-person or have a large national company, there is a place here for you at the Chamber.
Myth #3: We act as a Better Business Bureau
Truth: If the organization is a member of ours we will be happy to pass along your concerns but, as we are not a consumer protection agency, we will refer you to the Better Business Bureau.
Myth #4: I need to attend every network event and meeting to benefit from the Chamber
Truth: Although we think our events are fun and worthwhile we understand that you don’t always have the time to attend them. No worries! There are plenty of other opportunities to let the Chamber work for you without leaving your business. Just by joining the Chamber your business is being seen in the community through our website and resource guide and has the credibility of the Chamber behind it. We also refer many people to our members throughout the year and have many people stop by our visitor centers to pick up area information. There are also plenty of affordable advertising opportunities we offer including: our resident greeter program, our business greeter program, e-blasts, newsletter inserts, and business spotlights and blog posts. We also have programs like our certificate of employability and our business education council that work to improve the county. As Grundy County grows and prospers, your business will too!