Benefits of Membership

Networking

Through participation at LLRCC programs, seminars, and events, we provide excellent networking opportunities that help you build and maintain relationships with other businesses. Events including Business After Hours, Early Bird Breakfasts, a golf tournament, seminars, Lunch and Learn events, and more. Whatever the size of your company, your Chamber membership will help you build and expand connections. This is one of the most important benefits of membership.

Visibility

There are many ways members can increase visibility: serve on a committee, conduct a workshop, submit content for the website, sponsor an event or program, or participate in any of the networking events. Each month a section of the website is devoted to Member news and a Member Spotlight, Grand openings, business relocation’s and company milestones are a way for us to work with you on ribbon cuttings, press releases, and photos to the media. When you have important news to share, we can help spread the word. We also offer EXPO the area’s biggest trade show and advertising opportunities at discounted prices to chamber members. Advertising opportunities on the Business Big Board and the Regional Business Directory.

Training & Education

The Chamber offers professional development and informational seminars. Topics will be beneficial to our members. The programs will be designed to help your company prosper. Whether it’s a seminar on employment issues or a hot stove session that will keep you in the loop on legislative issues all you have to do is get involved to realize the full potential of your membership.

Referrals

Each year, the Chamber assists callers and visitors looking for local products and services, as well as places to go and things to see. As the area’s Chamber, we advocate for the success and advancement of all member businesses; therefore, it is our policy to provide referrals to members only. In addition, we provide an area for free distribution of business cards and brochures in our Chamber office.

Health Insurance Plan

Chamber BlueOptions health plans are available to small businesses with 2-50 employees and self-employed people who are members of the LLRCC. The suite of insurance plans is a joint offering of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Purchasing Alliance, Inc., local chambers and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. Unlike most insurance plans for small business, the eight options are available for each employee to choose from, rather than a typical “one size fits all” approach. The Chamber is exploring other options for our members with the passage of
the new Maine Health Care Law.

Advocacy

The Chamber serves as a strong voice in both local and state government, collectively representing members on issues that impact businesses. Through its Governmental Affairs Committee, the Chamber, takes a proactive approach to influencing public policies that it believes will lead to or maintain a healthy state and regional business climate. LLRCC focuses on policy areas that are critical to the economic vitality of the region.

Credibility

Chamber Membership sends your customers the right message~ Your company is one that actively participates in the local business community. Members are encouraged to display a membership decal at their business locations. By getting involved, you’re giving back to the community be becoming knowledgeable about business issues and being active in local projects. As a member of the Chamber you have the opportunity to join in various committees so you can have a voice, make a difference, and make connections.