The Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit membership based organization focused on serving the business needs of roughly 1,000 members across Westmoreland County. We strive to represent the area’s business and community interests through actively promoting a pro-business climate in our region. We are a pro-active force in the community that seeks to promote Westmoreland County as the premier place to live, learn, work, shop, and play.
Below is a short list of ways the Westmoreland Chamber can help your business. We appreciate that any investment you make in the chamber, whether you are part of the nearly 1000 supporting members or a future member, will come with expectations that we must meet. We never lose sight of the fact that we work for you.
We Advocate For You
The Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce works on behalf of its member companies to advocate for a healthier, more competitive business climate. As the largest business association in Westmoreland County – and as one of the largest Chambers in all of SWPA – our voice resonates when speaking about the interests of small and large companies across a myriad of industries. Policy makers and elected officials from Westmoreland County, Harrisburg, and Washington D.C. look to Westmoreland Chamber for an unvarnished, non-partisan assessment of what is important to your business and our community thrive.
Our office receives hundreds of phone calls, mail requests and website “hits” each year from local companies looking for vendors and from residents looking to connect with service providers. Only members of our organization are given referrals to these potential customers. In short, we help drive business right to your front door.
Networking, Networking, Networking
Let’s face it, sometimes it all comes down to who you know. With an ever increasing number of local and global competitors, building strong business relationships is more important than ever before. The Westmoreland Chamber works to provide a wide range of both structured and relaxed networking opportunities to help foster those relationships. Whether members prefer to network in the early morning, at mid-day or after hours, we offer an event to meet their busy schedule.
Help Business Develop and Grow
Chamber members have access to several resource tools aimed at counseling and educating small and mid-sized businesses. Through the Chamber’s relationship with area schools, the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE®) and the Small Business Administration, we are able to help businesses develop and grow. In addition, WCC offers a variety of member workshops and “Small Business Roundtables” on subjects like finance, marketing, technology, customer service and more.
Successful business people know how to command a room and how to make their product or service known to others. By hosting over 125 events and programs each year, we give our members plenty of chances to meet prospective customers, entertain clients, reward employees, train staff, learn the latest techniques to make you more successful and provide a platform to get your company the exposure you need to grow. From golf outings to elected officials forums and everything in between, we have a signature event just for you.
This website keeps members up-to-date with what’s happening in the Chamber and the community, and is a reliable resource for locating member information. The website includes contact information for each member and a direct link to the business’s website. The site also contains an online membership application, calendar of events, news page, newsletter and document archives, community information, helpful links and more.
Chamber Central Newsletter
Published monthly and mailed to approximately 1,500 members, the eight-page, full color publication highlights what is happening in and around the Chamber. The newsletter includes a monthly calendar of events, pictures and event reviews, advertising space, and a Member News section for information submitted by members. Members are able to include a flier highlighting their business or a special sale, event or promotion.
Member Email Blasts
Members are able to include information in the periodic member email blasts sent out to more than 2,000 email addresses. Company information is included in the email as well as links to fliers, brochures, coupons, etc.
Advertising & Sponsorship Benefits
Members are presented with opportunities to advertise their business through the Chamber in a number of ways: the monthly newsletter, website, email blasts, membership directory, event program books, and at special events and fundraisers. Opportunities are available at various times through the year and are affordable for small and large businesses alike.
The Membership Directory contains the company name, contact person, address, phone and fax number, email and website address for each current Chamber member. The publication is printed annually and is distributed to all members at the beginning of each year. Additional books are sold at the Chamber office to non-members and residents moving to the area. Members are welcome to buy advertising space in the directory to highlight their business.
Member 2 Member Benefit Program
This program allows Chamber members the opportunity to offer special sales/discounts to other members. Discounts include such things as a percentage or dollar amount off a bill, buy one get one free offers, and special member pricing. All participating businesses receive a window decal to display making visitors aware that special discounts are available.
ChamberChoice Health Insurance
Healthcare, dental and vision, health savings accounts and reimbursement arrangements, life insurance, short-term and long-term care, workers compensation, 401K plans, AFLAC and other health care services are available to Chamber members through this special program. Arrangements for any of these services can be made by contacting ChamberChoice at 1-800-377-3539.
ChamberChoice Business Insurance through Penn National
Chamber members are invited to purchase business insurance through Penn National Insurance’s chamber member program. Depending on the total group premium and total claims experience, you could earn an annual dividend on coverage you already need to buy. Eligible lines include: Business Owners, Commercial Auto, Property, General Liability, Package Policies, Inland Marine, and Workers’ Compensation.
ChamberChoice Energy Buying Pool from OnDemand Energy
In an effort to help local business owners save money and mitigate energy increases our partners at ChamberChoice have enlisted the services of OnDemand Energy to create an aggregated buying pool. The pool purchases electricity in bulk for a fixed time period as a way to lock in a lower price. Detailed information on this program can be obtained by calling 1-866-699-9968.
Chamber Boardroom & Resource Library
Members are able to use the Chamber’s conference room for private conferences and meetings, as well as seminars and workshops open to other members and/or the public. The Chamber’s resource library is stocked with handouts, brochures, business cards, fliers, maps, phone books, tourist information and other information about the area. Members are invited to leave information that others are able to collect for personal use.
Keeping up with modern technology and trends, the Chamber is pleased to operate and maintain a page on Facebook, a Twitter account, and a group on LinkedIn. Members are encouraged to join these social networking groups as another avenue to stay up-to-date on Chamber events and news, and to connect with others. Members are invited to take an active role and contribute to the social networking sites by posting comments on events, connecting with other members through discussions, promoting their own business and special events, and more.