As a charitable organization in Durham Region, we try very hard to belong to many different Chambers as a way to get into the community and meet some of its active players. We belong to 6 different Chambers/Boards of Trade and one association.
Each of them has their own charm but one common element I have found is every Chamber/BOT has its very own feel, each being unique in its own way! That’s why for us it makes sense to belong to so many of them.
Like many people, when I first joined a Chamber/BOT I didn’t really understand the benefit of being a member other than just meeting people. What I was so surprised at was how effective the groups are at affecting political change. One big win was over the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan that was being forced on the small business gang… Not a great motivator at all, but with collective public pressure that ruling was overturned and as a result, there will be no additional plan that employers are forced to pay for.
As well the different Business4Business opportunities. Now most groups have benefits from joining in the discounts being offered. INSURANCE is a HUGE benefit. Our Insurance Carrier for benefits dropped 22% when we switched, we went from paying $4200 per month to $3200. That’s a $12,000 savings for us. In Habitat terms that’ all of my windows and doors for our current building project! AND IT IS A BETTER PLAN…
So sign up, it’s going to save you money, your company can save up to 30% in just Insurance savings alone. For more details, please refer to KeyStone for Benefits, and Ron Noble Insurance for vehicle/home/business etc.