Owners of home-based businesses may wonder whether the Chamber of Commerce is the right place for them. The Oakley Chamber’s answer to that is unequivocally “Yes!” We want home-based businesses to be full participants in all our activities.
Participation in the Chamber of Commerce has a fantastic return on investment for the smallest businesses. If your business provides non-commodity products or services–anything with a price tag above a few dollars per item–then you only need to find a single new client or customer in order to earn back the cost of your membership. Even though the Chamber is not primarily a leads or referral group, almost everyone who takes an active part by attending events, getting to know people, volunteering, or hosting events can find one new client in a year.
Don’t worry if you don’t want to host events in your home–not all residents want their addresses advertised to the world. You can host a Breakfast with the Mayor or Chamber Mixer at the Chamber office, or team up with another member who has a larger space available. (The Black Bear Diner has traditionally been very generous in offering us its banquet room, but don’t hesitate to inquire of other local restaurants.)
If you are new to business, membership in the Oakley Chamber of Commerce will introduce you to people with more experience, who can help you avoid pitfalls that plague new business owners.
(If you just need to get out of the house sometimes and socialize, we can help with that, too.)
Your Chamber Member Profile Page is also the best advertising you can buy for the money–far more affordable, not to mention extensive, than a Yellow Pages ad.
We’re exploring avenues that might make Oakley friendlier to home-based businesses, such as co-working facilities to allow people to rent desk space and conference rooms by the hour. Come join us and contribute your ideas!
The Oakley Chamber, in conjunction with the City of Oakley’s Economic Development Division, held its first Home-based Business Roundtable on July 23rd, 2013. We plan to make these events a regular occurrence. Contact the Chamber for more information.