Monday, August 9, 2010

Build your business by sponsoring a Chamber event

We at the Chamber have been encouraged by the number of new businesses that have opened their doors this year, despite current economic conditions. And we are grateful they view the Chamber as an important component of a successful business model.

To keep that trust, the Chamber is working harder than ever to provide programs, products and services to our member businesses that will further their success. Whether it's helping get the word out by hosting a ribbon cutting and open house for a new business, coordinating business consulting sessions with our partners at the Service Corps of Retired Executives, or providing a crash course on how to integrate social media into an effective marketing campaign, the Chamber is working closely with individual members as much as possible.

One way for businesses of all types to increase their exposure is to sponsor a Chamber program or event. If you are looking for creative and effective ways to market your products and services to businesses and residents in and around Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin, look no further. The Chamber is the perfect place to successfully target your marketing activities. The primary advantage of sponsorship is the promotion of your company while helping the Chamber extend its service capabilities and keep membership dues at a reasonable level.

Why sponsor a Chamber event? Here is a short list of advantages our sponsors enjoy:

•Increased visibility and exposure within the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber membership and the business community.

•New relationships formed through networking that will ideally develop into business opportunities and more customers and clients for you.

•Stand out from your competition through exclusive event and program sponsorship.

•Entertain valued clients at member-only events.

We recognize that each business is unique and has different needs. In order to help support our businesses marketing efforts, we offer marketing opportunities that fit all marketing budgets. If you are interested in sponsorship of a particular Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber event or program, or want to learn what opportunities exist, call the Chamber offices at (248) 644-1700 or visit our website at

One upcoming event that lends itself nicely to corporate sponsorship is our seventh-annual Vine & Dine, set for Sept. 22 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. This culinary extravaganza attracts more than 400 guests to Cranbrook's beautiful Bloomfield Hills campus. It's a tremendous opportunity to get your business in front of the local market, host clients at a first-class event, or treat your staff to a night on the town.

If you've not been to Vine & Dine, I urge you to circle Sept. 22 on your social calendar. Grab some friends and head out to Cranbrook. You won't be sorry, and you might even spot me pouring wine.

Joe Bauman is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. He welcomes feedback at

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