The Union Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its Annual Membership Drive.

“Currently we have more than 100 member businesses in our all-volunteer chamber and we are continuing to grow. We are a chamber whose members pride themselves on doing business with other chamber members. This makes it a terrific networking opportunity particularly for those businesses who are not solely focused on tourism,” said Erica Morton, Chamber president, in a news release. “We offer group advertising rates in local newspapers, member use of our bulk mailing permit, ability to participate in our annual Christmas in the Country holiday mailing as well as inclusion in our very popular Map and Guide.”

“We’re starting now to solicit for new members to make sure that those new member businesses will be included in the upcoming Map and Guide which is produced every two years,” said John Fromer, vice president and membership committee coordinator. “It’s a tremendous value since every member gets a free listing with a brief description of their business and their location shown on a map. They can also choose to place an ad within it as well. The Map and Guide is distributed through B&Bs, wineries, local businesses and restaurants throughout the Midcoast region as well as through Maine Tourism Association information areas from Kittery through Stockton Springs. With annual dues starting at $40, our members say just being listed in the Map and Guide alone is an incredible bargain.”

The chamber’s website offers a complete member listing and links to each company’s website and members can post company events on the chamber’s web calendar. Additionally members are offered access to health and dental insurance programs through Anthem Chamber BlueOptions, credit card processing and electrical aggregation through an affiliation with the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Besides networking opportunities, the chamber offers business education events such as the annual Fall Business Workshop and a Winter Technology Conference. The chamber sponsors a summer concert and pie social on the Union Common, a Spring Recognition Dinner and have a scholarships and grant program for students and community members.

 

“This is an organization that truly supports its members and their communities,” said Morton, “Our goal is to make sure other businesses that want to belong to a friendly and inclusive organization, one whose members actively network and promote one another, know that now is the time to join our chamber.”

For additional information regarding the Union Area Chamber of Commerce visit unionareachamber.org or contact Morton at 785-3044 or info@unionareachamber.org.