Centralia, Wamac, Central City, Illinois, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, Economic Development

Membership Information

130 S. Locust, Centralia, IL 62801
(618) 532-6789 * Fax: (618) 533-7305
Website: www. centraliaIL.com
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With The Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce, "Taking Care of Business" (TCB) comes first!

The Mission of the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce is to benefit members and enhance business success by
providing programs and services that are valued by our members, and coordinating resources in the greater Centralia area.

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Through membership you're afforded hundreds of opportunities to make important contacts
and expand your customer or client base.

Making Valuable Contacts

Members Do Business with Other Members. Other Chamber members can be a source of increased business for YOU. There are Chamber Members throughout the Southern Illinois area, which increases your contact area.

“Business After Hours”, a regular monthly membership get-together, held after regular business hours, hosted and held at various member businesses. BAH offers a unique networking opportunity to develop valuable business contacts in an informal setting. Also, it offers the hosting business the opportunity to “spotlight” their business, products and/or services. Traveling Treasure Chest, is an addition to Business After Hours. Each member receives a numbered key imprinted on the BAH invitation flyer. The Treasure Box has $50 added to it at every BAH until the winning number is drawn. Members must be present to win and have their number key with them. Business Blast: Once a year many small businesses (6 employees and under) are offered the opportunity to join together to host and share the spotlight for a “Business After Hours” usually in a restaurant or open meeting room. All the food & beverage is covered by the host fee providing big savings to the hosts.

At various Chamber membership functions we have fun raffles such as our Ace-in-the-Hole drawing and our Treasure Chest Key drawing.

Membership Meetings offer members updated information on business topics and issues at this social luncheon. This is another terrific networking opportunity for members; and with the addition of the “Spotlight on Business”, selected at random during each meeting, it offers an opportunity for members to showcase their products or services at the next meeting as well as in the newsletter.

Other Membership Benefits

Gift Certificate Program, offers participating members new sources of business and customers/clients. This program also promotes Chamber Members doing business with other Chamber Members. These gift certificates, offering over 325 member locations to redeem them, are a wonderful way to reward employees, use for personal gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or any special occasion.

“Jump Start” is a special benefit which enables you to gain the lead on your competition. For a nominal annual fee ($100), you design a page flyer or bring us your brochure, and we will include it in all of the relocation packets for one year. These relocation packets are handed out or mailed to new residents, residential inquiries, new prospective businesses and industry, and relocating businesses.

Membership Directory & Buyers Guide, lists your business alphabetically and by business classification. It also includes governmental listings for Federal, State, County (Marion & Clinton), City of Centralia, Central City, and Wamac. It is available to all Chamber Members, new residents to the area, and business and resident prospect inquiries from all over the nation.

We are pleased to announce that a Membership Directory is now available on our Web Site as well. You can find your business alphabetically or by classification. We are continually striving to provide more information and provide affordable opportunities to help promote our members. As an added benefit, upon payment of your dues, we will add a link that will take viewers directly to your website from this listing. Please go to www.CentraliaIL.com and click on Membership Directory to view your listing. Should you see any errors or need changes made, just let us know.

“Time, Temp & Weather Forecasting” (618) 532-6795 is a service from your Chamber which gives the local Time and Temp and weather forecast for Centralia via internet satellite 24 hours a day. Commercial advertising is available (15 second ads) for members prior to the “time & temp” and immediately following it (you have both front & back spots); this commercial message is a direct link to callers. A commercial monthly rate is $20 per month, and the commercial can be changed on a monthly basis.

Facebook - Follow the Chamber on Facebook! You will see announcements, photos of events, ribbon cuttings, and reminders… plus much more.

Business Referrals: Each year The Chamber receives hundreds of inquiries concerning area businesses. The Chamber can only speak for its members. Therefore, as a MEMBER, it is YOUR business that is referred.

Information Center

Chamber Website: The Chamber offers information about the area; New Resident information; Membership information; Community Calendar of Events; Area Map; Balloon Fest information; Besides our “HomePage”, the Chamber hosts two additional separate web sites: www.retireincentralia.com ; www.centraliaballoonfest.com. Each of these websites is accessible through the Chambers home page at www.centraliail.com.

Community Calendar of Events: The Chamber maintains a Community Calendar of Events for the area and posts this on the Chamber website.

Chamber Newsletter: “Chamber Dateline,” the Chamber newsletter, keeps members informed about current Chamber information, upcoming meetings, events, and activities, business tips, new members, and renewing members. It also offers members a targeted marketing opportunity at a low cost to reach a fantastic market. Members can have a 1 page flyer inserted in the newsletter for $50.00 to reach more than 475 members.

Email Notification: If you provide us with your Email address, we will send out reminders of meetings and special events so you won’t miss a thing!

Taking Care of Business

Workshops & Informational Seminars are offered periodically on issues relative to our members.

Business Assistance Information is provided in a variety of ways through demographics of the area, special surveys and reports, etc. The Chamber is pleased and proud to have a productive relationship with the City of Centralia, and the Small Business Development Center through Kaskaskia College to assist new business owners and help existing businesses expand and grow by provided the information they need to succeed.

Attracting New Businesses and Promoting Established Member Businesses are the main objectives of The Chamber. The Chamber works in a supportive and collaborative way with the City of Centralia and other area economic development organizations to help create more jobs and increase the market potential for YOUR business.

Improve the Centralia Area Business Climate by working diligently for positive community planning and change, are the goals of The Chamber.

Chamber Committees

Joining a committee whose interests coincide with yours allows you to become involved and make an impact. It is another terrific way to network and make new contacts.

Ambassadors: Assists in member recruitment and retention; serves as the Chamber’s “goodwill & greeting” committee recognizing new businesses through ribbon cuttings and at Chamber events. Ambassador members assist the Chamber at various functions throughout the year as needed.

Education Committee: The Education Committee works in conjunction with educators and area business people to promote workforce preparation, quality education services, and business-education partnerships, evaluates and recommends action regarding education issues. The Education Committee communicates an employer’s needs and expectations to area educational institutions. The Chamber Education Committee works with the area grade schools to produce a regional Science Fair held at Kaskaskia College. The Chamber works in conjunction with the Jr. High School to organize the “Real World Challenge” program for 7th and 8th grade students and local businesses.

Government Action Committee: Reviews and addresses governmental issues, regulations, legislation that affect business and/or the quality of life of the area.

Special Events Committees:

"Balloon Fest" - Plans, develops, and presents the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, a premier tourism event, which attracts over 40,000 visitors over the 3-day weekend event and has been recognized by AAA Midwest Traveler as an official Travel Treasure. This community event involves many sub-committees and hundreds of volunteers.

"Plae Dae" -Plans, develops, and presents an annual golf tournament, which is a Chamber fundraising event.

To become a member CALL TODAY 532-6789.

The Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce
130 South Locust Street
Centralia, Illinois 62801
Phone: 618-532-6789
Fax: 618-533-7305

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