Membership

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Networking Opportunities

Monthly Membership Luncheons - The Chamber meets at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. During lunch the Chamber provides speakers who discuss topics relevant to businesses and the community. There is no charge; it is provided by our generous business sponsors.

Business After Hours - Held approximately every other month from 5-7 p.m. to offer an informal setting for the business professionals in our community to meet, mingle, and get to know one another.

Ribbon Cuttings - From grand openings and remodelings to reopenings and relocations, Ribbon Cuttings are available for all Chamber members.

Marketing Opportunities

Chamber Chatter – A monthly newsletter in which members may make announcements. Community events are also listed in the newsletter. This newsletter is not only distributed in print form, but is also posted on the Chamber website.

Phone Referrals – Every month numerous callers phone the Chamber office inquiring about businesses that perform a specific requirement. Only members are referred to visitors, newcomers, businesses, and are residents. Non-members miss out on potential business opportunities.

Website – All members are listed alphabetically and by category on the Chamber website. This is a great resource for anyone looking for a product or service. The website also provides a calendar of events along with business and community information.

Chamber Directory – All members enjoy a free listing in the Chamber directory. This is handed out to all members, local real estate offices, banks and the City Hall. The Chamber also contracts with Community Hospitality to hand the directory out to all new community members. The directory is a very important piece of information that is provided to businesses and individuals looking to move to Kearney. This is also a great opportunity to purchase an inexpensive ad to be seen by all community residents and potential residents.

Sponsorship – Gain recognition and publicity by sponsoring a variety of events throughout the year. This provides great exposure of Chamber businesses to the community. There are sponsorship events to fit most budgets.

Goodie Bags – Various occasions arise during the year where Chamber members are given the opportunity to provide literature or advertising material in gift bags distributed by the Chamber.

Chamber Gift Certificates – The Chamber offers gift certificates that may be redeemed at any Chamber Business. This encourages people to shop at Chamber businesses.

Volunteers – Gain Publicity and recognition for yourself and your business by volunteering for the Chamber. Get our in front of the community.

Business of the Month – Each month one member is drawn at the monthly luncheon to be the business of the month The Chamber pays for an ad in The Kearney Courier, and the business is featured in the Chamber Chatter and on Fairpoint’s local cable channel. The chosen business owner also gets to set up a table at the next monthly luncheon and tell a bit about his or her business.

Services

Education Programs – A variety of valuable programs are provided at the monthly luncheons.

Networking – At various times throughout the year the Chamber luncheon provides the setting for various networking programs.

Committee

Ambassadors – This is a core volunteer group. Its primary focus is on new members, events attendance, ribbon cuttings, and greeters at the monthly meetings.

Training and Education – Search out various speakers that will benefit members and the community regarding diversified aspects in the business world and our community.

Social Committee – This group plans our various extracurricular events that are held throughout the year, such as the Chamber Formal and After Hours.

Golf Tournament – This Chamber sponsors a golf tournament, providing an excellent opportunity to network with business members in a relaxed environment.

Chamber Outreach

Kearney Brochure – The Chamber provides a yearly brochure to visitor centers throughout Missouri, real estate offices, local banks, and Jesse James Farm. This brochure describes fun things to do and see in the Kearney area and includes a map of the Kearney community. For an nominal fee members may advertise and reach thousands of individuals.

Kearney Family Foundation – Each month at the luncheon donations are accepted from members and donated to the Kearney Family Foundation. This foundation takes care of individuals in need in the Kearney/Holt community.

Social Events

Chamber Formal/Silent Auction – This is a yearly event in a relaxed setting. This event provides dinner and dancing and raises money for local associations.

Business After Hours – Take advantage of this event to mix and mingle with other businesses. Get to know some new individuals in a relaxed atmosphere. Appetizers are served.

Golf Tournament – Kearney sponsors a golf tournament each June. This is a great networking opportunity in a casual environment.

Christmas Lighting – Every December, the City of Kearney and the Chamber have a Christmas Lighting and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Walk. The Whole Community turns out for this event.

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