Meridian Chamber Membership:

How to join - What's the investment - What are the benefits of Meridian Chamber Membership? Read below.

Membership Tier Levels

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1. Review the benefits of Chamber membership.
2. Confirm your investment tier.
3. Make your annual investment in the Meridian Chamber.

Supporting Tier Level

All benefits are based on membership in good standing.

Business Advocacy - Actively influencing decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions to be a champion for the business community.

Business Referral Service – Chamber member businesses are given priority when inquiries for products or services are received in the Visitor Center or Chamber office.

Networking Events - Interacting with other Chamber members and forming new business associations at Chamber sponsored events such as Business After Hours, First Fridays, Meridian Business days, and luncheons.

Communications (print & electronic) – As a Chamber member, you will receive consistent correspondence about important business issues, Chamber and community events and activities.

Ribbon Cutting / Open House – The Chamber and Chamber Ambassadors welcome new members with a Ribbon Cutting in their first year of operation. We also celebrate and recognize milestone anniversaries, changes in location, remodeling, or expansion to an additional location.

Website Listing Basic – Basic business information listed in the Chamber’s online directory.

Web Listing Categories – Members are listed under categories for ease in searching. Supporting members will receive unlimited categories in the Chamber’s online directory.

Member Recognition Window Cling – Each new member will receive a window cling to place in their place of business.

Events on Online Calendar – As a Chamber member, you have the option to submit any of your business events and activities to be included on the Chamber’s online Event Calendar.

Committee Participation – Employees of member businesses are encouraged to participate in standing committees:

  • Government Affairs: This committee meets monthly and works with local, state, and national elected officials and policy makers to advocate for issues important to the business community.
  • Economic Development: Working closely with other organizations throughout the region, this committee meets monthly to identify common issues and action items related to business retention and expansion, as well as business recruitment.

Chamber Board Eligibility – Only representatives from member businesses in good standing are eligible for consideration to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Idaho Chamber Alliance Membership – Bringing the power of Idaho’s businesses together, this statewide organization provides legislative advocacy and policy education for members of more than 20 Idaho Chambers of Commerce. An annual “Chamber Days at the Legislature” event is held in January.

US Chamber Federation Partnership – Enjoy access to US Chamber small business how-to toolkits, online resources, publications, and advocacy for common business issues in Washington, D.C.

Directory Listing for Multiple Locations – Beyond your primary location, you may add other locations to our online business directory for $150 per year for each location (additional locations must be listed in the same category as the primary business).

Leadership Meridian Tuition – This 9-month program (September-May) provides professional and personal development, continuing education about issues in the region, and outstanding networking and promotional opportunities. Annual tuition is $1,000 at the Supporting tier level.

Visitor Center Advertising – Many visitors come through the Visitor Center daily seeking information about things to see, do and experience in the Treasure Valley. As a member, you have the opportunity to display business cards and brochures at no additional charge.

Table Top Tradeshow Booth – The Chamber holds semi-annual business-to-business trade shows in December and March. Up to 30 booths are available for displays and interaction with attendees. Booth cost is $150 for Supporting tier level members.

Certificate of Origin Stamp – Certificates of origin are prepared by exporting companies to show where their products were made. The Meridian Chamber is authorized to stamp and sign these documents called Certificates of Origin. There is no charge for this service.

Chamber Social Media Sites Content Posting - Members are able to submit content regarding member events or business specials to the Chamber office for posting to social media sites. All content must be approved by the Chamber.

Job Listing Submissions –Members have the ability to submit job postings through the “MemberPlus” phone app and online in the special “Job Listings” section on the Chamber website.

Hot Deals Submissions – The ability to post special offers, sales, etc. through the “MemberPlus” phone app or online in the special “Hot Deals” section on the Chamber website.

Membership Mailing List (electronic) – Request and receive one electronic (Excel) mailing list of all Chamber member businesses. (Mailing labels can be requested for an additional fee – the Chamber does not share member email addresses)

Weekly Snapshot Submissions- Members may submit business flyers to be included in the Weekly Snapshot email for $25/flyer.

Associate Tier Level

(includes all the benefits of the previous levels PLUS these upgraded benefits)

Enhanced Web Listing #1 – Members are listed under categories for ease in searching. Associate members are given unlimited categories relevant to your business. For example, a restaurant with a bar that also provides catering could be placed into different categories: Restaurants and Catering.

Priority placement, Logo & Website listing next to Directory Listing, 1,600 Character Description, Map Link, up to 8 photos, YouTube video, 5 Bullet Points, 20 Key Word Search Terms

Directory Listing for Multiple Locations – $125 per year for each location

Leadership Meridian Tuition – Annual tuition is $1,000 at the Associate tier level.

Ambassador Committee Eligibility – The Ambassadors serve as the public relations and hospitality arm of the Chamber, welcoming new members and helping to celebrate business milestones. It’s also a great opportunity for professional development and networking for committee members. ONLY Associate tier members and above may apply for participation in the Ambassadors Committee.

Business After Hours Sponsorship Eligibility – This monthly networking event draws a large number of Chamber members to learn about your business, to network and to celebrate the collective business success of our community. ONLY Associate tier members and above may sponsor.

First Fridays -This monthly networking event draws 30-50 business members to network and learn more about the host business. Only Associate members and above may sponsor.

12 Monthly Member Luncheon Tickets - Upon payment of annual dues, 12 luncheon tickets will be issued to the primary contact to use or dispense. They will expire 1 year from issue date. Tickets do not guarantee seating or lunch. You must pre-register online by the event deadline and present signed ticket at check-in. If you register and do not show or if you forget your ticket, you will be invoiced for the luncheon. Lost tickets will not be replaced. NO Exceptions will be made.

Business Tier Level

(includes all the benefits of the previous levels PLUS these upgraded benefits)

Enhanced Web Listing #1 – Members are listed under categories for ease in searching. Associate members are given unlimited categories relevant to your business. For example, a restaurant with a bar that also provides catering could be placed into different categories: Restaurants and Catering.

Priority placement, Logo & Website listing next to Directory Listing, 1,600 Character Description, Map Link, up to 8 photos, YouTube video, 5 Bullet Points, 20 Key Word Search Terms

Multiple Locations – $100 per year for each location

Leadership Meridian Tuition - Annual tuition is $750 at the Business tier level.

Preferred Vendor Status - As the Chamber office itself needs goods or services for its operation, preferred consideration will be given to members at the Business tier level and above.

Priority Website Placement— When visitors search our directory, your business will be placed at or near the top of the page.

Choose Meridian Website- “coming soon”

Directory Listing for Multiple Locations – $100 per year for each location

Table Top Tradeshow Booth Sponsor – The Chamber holds semi-annual business-to-business trade shows in December and March. Up to 30 booths are available for displays and interaction with attendees. Booth sponsorship cost is $125 for Business tier level members.

Weekly Snapshot Submissions - A business flyer can be submitted to the Weekly Snapshot email for $15/flyer.

Silver Tier Level

(includes all the benefits of the previous levels PLUS these upgraded benefits)

Website Listing Enhanced #2 – Business contact information listed in the Chamber’s online directory before basic members in the same category along with the opportunity for expanded descriptions, logos and photographs, video, maps, and other targeted marketing information. Unlimited categories.

Directory Listing for Multiple Locations – $75 per year for each location

Leadership Meridian Tuition – Annual tuition is $750 at the Silver tier level.

Annual Chamber Gala – Seating for 2 will be provided to the primary contact to use or disburse. Seating is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Economic Excellence Breakfast- Seating for 2 will be provided to the primary contact to use or disburse. Seating is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Small Business Award Luncheon- Seating for 2 will be provided to the primary contact to use or disburse. Seating is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Early Bird Registration for Annual Golf Tournament – Your spot is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Table Top Tradeshow Booth – The Chamber holds semi-annual business-to-business trade shows in December and March. Up to 30 booths are available for displays and interaction with attendees. Booth cost is $100 for Silver tier level members.

Weekly Snapshot Submissions- A business flyer can be submitted to the Weekly Snapshot email for FREE.

Gold Tier Level

(includes all the benefits of the previous levels PLUS these upgraded benefits)

Website Listing Enhanced #2 – Business contact information listed in the Chamber’s online directory before basic members in the same category along with the opportunity for expanded descriptions, logos and photographs, video, maps, and other targeted marketing information. Unlimited categories.

Directory Listing for Multiple Locations – No additional charge for multiple locations

Leadership Meridian Tuition – Annual tuition is $700 at the Gold tier level.

Annual Chamber Gala- Seating for 4 will be provided to use or dispense. Seating is not guaranteed. You must register online by the event deadline.

Economic Excellence Breakfast - Seating for 4 will be provided to use or dispense. Seating is not guaranteed. You must register online by the event deadline.

Small Business Award Luncheon - Seating for 4 will be provided to the primary contact to use or disburse. Seating is not guaranteed. You must register online by the event deadline.

Early Bird Registration for Annual Golf Tournament - Your spot is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Table Top Tradeshow Booth – The Chamber holds semi-annual business-to-business trade shows in December and March. Up to 30 booths are available for displays and interaction with attendees. Booth cost is $75 for Supporting tier level members.

Premier Website Placement at the Gold and Platinum level.

Featured Employer (online) – Your business will be a primary feature the Chamber website for one month/year.

Idaho Chamber Alliance Chamber Days – This annual 2-day conference held in Boise during the legislative session provides an opportunity to hear from the Governor, Legislators, and other government officials about issues important to the business community. Featured experts also provide educational and informational workshops to further your individual business success. One complimentary registration is included for Gold tier members.

Platinum Tier Level

(includes all the benefits of the previous levels PLUS these upgraded benefits)

Website Listing Enhanced #3 – Business contact information listed in the Chamber’s online directory before basic members in the same category along with the opportunity for expanded descriptions, logos and photographs, video, maps, and other targeted marketing information. Unlimited categories.

Two each Business Development Banner Ads - Placement subject to availability. Will run for one year.

Directory Listing for Multiple Locations – No additional charge for multiple locations.

Leadership Meridian Tuition – Annual tuition is $650 at the Platinum tier level.

Annual Chamber Gala - A table of 8 will be provided to the Platinum member to use or dispense. Your seating is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Economic Excellence Breakfast - A table of 8 will be provided to use or dispense. Your seating is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Small Business Award Luncheon - A table of 8 will be provided to use or dispense. Your seating is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Early Bird Registration for Annual Golf Tournament - Your spot is not guaranteed. You must register by the event deadline.

Table Top Tradeshow Booth – The Chamber holds semi-annual business-to-business trade shows in December and March. Up to 30 booths are available for displays and interaction with attendees. Booth cost is $75 for Platinum tier level members.

Featured Employer (online) – Your business will be a primary feature online for one month/year.

Idaho Chamber Alliance Chamber Days – This annual 2-day conference held in Boise during the legislative session provides an opportunity to hear from the Governor, Legislators, and other government officials about issues important to the business community. Two complimentary registrations are included for Platinum tier members.

Two each Business Development Banner Ads - Placement subject to availability. Will run for one year.

Scrolling Logo on Chamber Website

Logo on all Chamber Programs & Publications

Chamber Membership Policies

General Information

 

Chambers of commerce in the US operate almost exclusively as non-profit entities known as 501(c)(6) corporations. Unlike charities, these 501(c)(6) non-profits have the authority under state and federal tax rules to represent their members in public policy debates. They may lobby and take positions on actual or proposed legislation, subject to local, state and federal laws. Chambers may legally endorse candidates for public office and/or ballot propositions (but most do not). The use of general fund revenues for chamber political and lobbying purposes is strictly regulated.

 

 

Automatic Membership Dues Renewal

 

  • Dues are invoiced annually. It is our policy that members are invoiced each year as they were invoiced in the immediate prior year. If you wish to add or drop services or do not wish to renew your membership, please contact the Chamber office with your updated information before your next billing cycle.
  • Your billing cycle can be changed if your current cycle does not work for your business.

 

 

Payment Terms & Collections

 

  • The Chamber’s payment terms are Due Upon Receipt.
  • Payments can be made via cash, check, online or call with credit card number.
  •  Stored credit card number: The Chamber can securely store your credit card number for automatic payment of Chamber transactions. If you wish to take advantage of this service, please fill out the enclosed authorization form and return it to the Chamber office.
  • To pay online:

1 - login to the Membership Information Center via www.meridianchamber.org

2 - click on Account Settings

3 - click on Billing

4 - Use the "make additional payment" option and type invoice numbers or other comments into the comment field. You will NOT see your invoices listed. You are always welcome to call the Chamber office to make a payment.

  • Collections:

-  Payment is expected upon receipt of invoices. Please contact the Chamber bookkeeper if you need to make other arrangements.

 - A statement of account will be emailed after 30 days outstanding.

 - A phone call or letter will go out to member businesses after dues are 45 days outstanding.

- For outstanding membership dues over 60 days, members are automatically deactivated.

 

 

Event Terms

 

  • In general, due to commitments to our vendors and caterers, the Chamber requires pre-registration and payment in advance for admission to all Chamber events. Chamber event fees (regardless of attendance) are refundable only if a cancellation notice is received prior to the event. Each event email invitation or reminder lists the cancellation deadline. The deadline will also be listed on the Chamber website.

  - Chamber luncheons: members may register for a NO LUNCH at no cost; however, beginning October 1, 2015, since our luncheons usually sell out and we often turn people away, members will be invoiced if they do not cancel or attend even with a NO LUNCH reservation.

 - Table handouts at Chamber luncheons are reserved for speakers and sponsors only.

  •  In general, for special events where guests are invited (such as our golf tournament, annual gala and silent auctions), non-members cannot be invoiced directly. Payment must be received before the event, or in the case of silent auction items, must be paid before leaving the event.

 

 

Photography

 

The Chamber reserves the right to photograph individuals at Chamber events and post the pictures on the website, in our eNewsletter or in any printed publications. By attending Chamber events there is a possibility that your picture may be included on our website, social media, the eNewsletter or used elsewhere.