Why Join the Chamber?
Our Chamber of Commerce is the result of Eastlake, Wickliffe and Willowick Chambers uniting to form a bigger, better and stronger Chamber of Commerce with the goals of providing better service and more benefits to the businesses of Western Lake County. Years of experience and stability in operating a Chamber make us a great resource to help your business be successful.
You will benefit from increased visibility and enhanced credibility when you belong to the Chamber. Statistic show that businesses who belong to their local chamber of commerce are viewed, on average, 30% more favorable in their communities.
Networking has been considered the "key" to many businesses successfully growing. At the WWLCC, we have many networking events, and with over 550 members, you can meet many people in Western Lake County. To view upcoming events, click here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1Is my membership fee tax deductible?
As a business expense, yes it is. Feel free to check with your CPA or tax provider for more information.
2I want to attend functions but just cannot get away at lunchtime...
Good news! The Chamber has a wide variety of options available to you! Before work, after work, or at lunchtime…networking events are scheduled at a variety of times to accommodate the needs of your schedule. We offer “Business After Hours” at 5:00 pm as well as “Coffee Networking” events in the morning.
3Can the Chamber help or point me in the direction of how I can obtain some financial assistance with continuing education or training costs for me or my employees?
YES we can! The Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce has a one-of-a-kind program that allows you to apply for educational grants on a quarterly basis. It’s easy to apply and receiving only one grant is usually more than a company’s annual dues! We also have county resources we can share with you that might be able to assist you with financing.
4How can I entice other members to patronize my business?
The Member-to-Member Discounts program allows members to submit a discount that is made available to other members via our website. All members are encouraged to patronize other members’ businesses first, before going outside the network and Membership is a great way to incentivize others to look to your business first. Chamber members are also given ample opportunities to network with other members and promote their services, and members often provide internal referrals for other members.
5Is it mandatory that I attend luncheons, after hours, etc? Sometimes my schedule just won’t allow for it.
There is no mandatory requirement for attendance. In order to make your membership more valuable, it’s best if you try to attend at least a few of the functions, however you may also send another key employee in your place to represent your business at any Chamber function. Remember, networking is one of the main reasons businesses join so make the time to make those connections and get your business more visibility!
6Does the Chamber offer any kind of educational programs for me or my employees?
We most certainly do! Most of our monthly luncheons involve a speaker that provides tips and information on various topics that will help you in your business. In addition, our annual Lake County wide Business to Business Expo hosted by all three Lake County Chambers of Commerce and Lakeland Community College provides a wide range of informative business workshops for businesses seminars.
7The cost of providing affordable health insurance to my employees and finding an affordable worker’s compensation program have me at the end of my rope—can the Chamber provide a solution for this problem that so many of us business owners are experiencing?
YES we can! Through Anthem and CompManagement Sedgwick many of our members have found the group discounts to be the solution that they were looking for. Just contact the office for the names of our reps and the member agents who handle these programs.
8I do a lot of mailings to my customer list but between rising postage costs and the annual cost of having our own Bulk Permit stamp, it’s not so affordable to reach my clients this way—can the Chamber help?
The Chamber has its own Bulk permit stamp that any member is welcome to use in place of paying the annual bulk mail permit fee (which is approximately $200 annually!) All you need to do is to call the office and reserve the use of the stamp, come in and pick it up along with a letter of permission from us that authorizes you to use it and sign a form agreeing to return it to us within the designated time. And with the bulk permit you are paying a reduced fee for postage which saves you additional dollars!
9Advertising costs have really skyrocketed over the past few years—does the Chamber offer any affordable methods of advertising my business?
Absolutely! Each member receives a FREE listing on our website Business Directory, and our site draws a lot of interest! Individuals in the community often search our directory when looking for a credible company, and your directory listing is also included in our new mobile app. Whether you choose to sponsor a luncheon, run a banner ad on our websites, or become a Chamber Newsletter and E-Blast sponsor, there are advertising options for any budget and audience! Your business can also choose to sponsor any of our larger Chamber events, like the annual Willoughby ArtsFest, Golf Outing, or Turkey Bowl! Call our office at 440-942-1632 to learn more about advertising rates and options. Are there any other cost saving programs the Chamber of Commerce offers? Many! However, one that most of our members use are office supplies. The Chamber of Commerce receives special low discounts for Chamber members with Office Depot/Office Max. Save on copying services, copy machine ink, technology equipment, furniture and more!