Welcome and thank you for considering membership in the St. James Chamber of Commerce!
2017 has been an exciting year for the St. James Chamber of Commerce as we continue to explore new avenues to further promote our community and the surrounding area in a positive manner. All of the activities and functions sponsored by the Chamber are planned to showcase our community and ultimately to benefit our members.
Ribbon-cuttings are held to promote new businesses, as well as businesses that are celebrating a milestone. Throughout the year, three evening dinners provide opportunities for membership camaraderie and networking, and several luncheon meetings are held in area Chamber restaurants. Guest speakers provide entertainment and knowledge at each function. In January, our Annual Awards Dinner and Banquet is held to recognize an outstanding Organization, Business and Citizen of the Year in addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Special events are held to promote St. James and draw visitors to the community. In 2017, the Chamber sponsored the following activities: Sip ‘n Savor St. James, Sidewalk Sale, Fireworks on July 4th, Grape and Fall Festival, Christmas Decorating Contests, and the Christmas Parade. In addition, the Chamber has provided support to the James Foundation on the following activities: Trout Opening Day, Kids’ Fishing Day, and Old Iron Works’ Days.
As the Chamber expands its efforts to market St. James and the surrounding area, our membership continues to increase. There is no better time to become a part of the Chamber and participate in the growth of our community. Chamber members receive reduced advertising rates in the Tourist Center display cases. In addition, members are given numerous opportunities at media advertising whereby the Chamber provides seed money to offset the total cost of said advertising. With the annual publication of a membership directory and a well-established website – www.stjameschamber.net – the promotion of our area and the many things it has to offer remain our primary focus.
Without the efforts of our individual community members and our businesses working together, we would not have the successful events that continue to put St. James on the map! Whether you are an individual or a business, we invite you to join us in 2017 as we work together to promote our community and the surrounding area! For more information on becoming a Chamber member, please feel free to call me at 265-6649 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.