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Answer the phone, it's the Cd'A Chamber of Commerce

Volunteers hope to land 100 recruits through Thursday

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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:00 am

The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce might be calling on you this week.

"Every year we hold a membership drive so newer businesses to town, or even old ones who are looking for a new marketing approach, can promote themselves through the various outlets our chamber provides for our members," said Marilee Wallace, sales and marketing director for the chamber.

Volunteers are manning phones, with hopes to land 100 recruits through Thursday.

There are, said Wallace, great benefits to joining the chamber.

Membership is less then $300 and once joined, a business is added to the chamber's website and to the referral list for call-in traffic.

"We offer several networking opportunities and committee involvement opportunities as well, but even if that's not a person's cup of tea, being listed on the website and being able to display brochures in the chamber's front lobby, the membership investments pays for itself," Wallace said.

Chamber membership is at 1,123, down from 1,250 in 2009 but more than last year's 1,086.

If a business joins this week, it will also get an additional $275 worth of discounts.

Info: Marilee Wallace, 415-0111

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  • my own opinion posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    I told them when they called that they crossed the city line and I do not live in CDA and to not call again.

  • OneNationUnderGod posted at 10:27 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    OneNationUnderGod Posts: 39

    It seams here in the last year that the Chamber is only concern about extracting more money from members, businesses and other places. While at the same time the services they offer have continually diminished. Its all the same stuff refreshed a little --- not a lot of new ideas.

    They are great a partying and providing places for people to network with adult beverages but where are the services that businesses needed -- B2B connections and referrals (yeah the web is great but I don't look at the chamber first), what about small business develop tools -- workshops, training and other business development tools. Don't they have a commitee for that? Little is ever talked about international trade or how local businesses can reach new markets. I thought this is what a Chamber is for and this is why business come together. What about working to develop local infrastructure, i.e. transportation and other necessary items on the ground to attract additional investment. I heard recently that it was a long debate to even look at supporting commerical/industrial zoning along the Hwy 95 cooridor. We will have in fill but we also need to have a dedicated cooridors for the future. But I guess they are all about partying to make people feel "good" rather than to work real isses.

    Granted it is the Cenntenial but even there they are taking more and more money. I guess it all comes down to the fact that they need to pay for the nice building that they overbuild. In looking at the CdA Chamber and the Post Falls Chamber, I think that Post Falls is a far better investment. Take a look at all they do for their members. They run a tight financial operation (realistic building) and are helping their members. CdA Chamber is all about what is in it for them and not the benefit for those who are paying their dues. Hopefully the board of directors (this is another important comparison with Post Falls -- they actually have business owner guding the organization and not just people whose job description requires them to be there) will see this and take steps to better direct staff. For now I am not answering the call nor writing the check.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:15 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Some CANCELLED their membership after the Chamber BOD said they spoke for members and downtown business owners in favor of and supported the McEuen hijacking of tax dollars.

    I agree with the other posters. It is ALL business big AND small that makes up a "Chamber of Commerce".

    Ready for this? I ALSO agree with lola123. Oh my. I cannot believe I had to admit that. LOL ;-)

  • my own opinion posted at 7:23 pm on Fri, Sep 21, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    No! I will not answer! thanks for the warning.

  • Rationale posted at 1:26 pm on Fri, Sep 21, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1976

    Just spent $200 in Spokane for 2 pair of running shoes. Have a letterman's jacket to buy...ooops, sorry Sports Cellar, you won't be getting that order. Anniversary coming up...wife needs a higher-powered camera lens that's over $1K...sorry Sherman Avenue!

    Still think that McEuen decision didn't matter?

    Counter that, Chamber! All the marketing in the world won't make me spend another dollar downtown!

  • JustMy2Cents posted at 6:38 am on Fri, Sep 21, 2012.

    JustMy2Cents Posts: 40

    I could respect them a little more as a Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center IF they would open on Sundays. I work downtown and that's a complaint I hear from visitors every day. How can they be 'working' for the small business owners if they're not even open on the weekend?

  • local res posted at 11:28 pm on Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    The chamber is just another tool that is used by the downtown business owners to fleece the residents of CDA.

  • lola123 posted at 5:38 am on Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 352

    The local chamber is a joke. They do nothing to help the average small business in the area. They only care about the money and none of the service thay are supposed to supply. Marketing? Wow they put you on thier website. Big Deal.

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