Be part of the VISION of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
W ith a history as vibrant as the state’s itself, the Chamber and its members are the largest coalition of businesses in the state of Oklahoma. Established shortly after the historic land run of 1889, the Chamber has been the driving force behind the growth of Greater Oklahoma City for more than 125 years.
We combine the work of an economic development organization with convention and visitors bureau, public policy advocacy, retail and community development, education initiatives, events, membership services and the traditional business networks of a Chamber. All of what we do points back to our primary mission: to be the voice of business and the visionary organization of Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Chamber does an incredible job in understanding and promoting a vision of what the City can become with the right focus and investment.
-Timothy C. Morgan HNTB Corporation
Even before statehood, the Chamber was the driving force behind the growth of Greater Oklahoma City. Since its founding, the Chamber has been one of Oklahoma City’s strongest advocates, helping to create the city we are proud to call home. From recruiting Oklahoma City’s first major industry in 1910 and pursuing Tinker Air Force Base to locate here more than 70 years ago to launching the growth of Oklahoma City’s innovation district, the Chamber has a strong track record of doing whatever it takes to bring more jobs and more opportunity to the region. The Chamber also partners with existing businesses, community and education groups, as well as local and state governments to improve the economic foundation and quality of life in the Oklahoma City region. Chamber- led initiatives like Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS),
Forward Oklahoma City and other strategies have moved Oklahoma City from an unknown region to a top- tier location for business and visitors. In the past five years alone, our efforts to grow our economy and industries have resulted in the addition of more than 21,000 jobs through the recruitment and expansion of more than 200 businesses. To better serve the strategic development needs of the entire region, the Chamber leads the 10-county Greater Oklahoma City Partnership. The Partnership leverages regional economic development organizations – working to secure regional
The Oklahoma City Thunder is a direct beneficiary of the
long standing work the Chamber fosters to engage community leadership in a unified vision for economic growth. Our business performance is fueled by the continued effort of the Chamber to inspire innovation and diversity in our local economy. -Brian Byrnes, The Professional Basketball Club, LLC - Oklahoma City Thunder
corporate locations and creating tools for local economic development professionals – developing a stronger and more diverse economy so your business can thrive.
ADVOCACY A positive business climate is essential for the growth and prosperity of Greater Oklahoma City and its companies. Our business climate represents many facets: the cost of doing
Being a member of the Chamber has allowed our nonprofit organization to reach a larger audience. Through our membership we have been able to reach new donors, share general information about our cause, and gain new volunteers. We are also able to stay informed about key issues and new opportunities that might affect the clients we serve. -Cher Golding, Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund
business, the quality of our education system and workforce, the regulatory environment, the support from leadership, the public sector and other factors. Creating a competitive economic climate is vital to our region’s success and the ability of our businesses to thrive is vitally important. Every day, we support our members by pursuing legislation that makes it easier and more cost-effective for businesses to succeed. An aggressive annual legislative agenda and legislative updates ensure that our most
vital partners – our members – are current on the issues affecting their businesses and our economy.
A key aspect of the Chamber’s work in this arena is an effective lobbying effort at the Oklahoma State Capitol. A component of that effort is the Greater OKC Chamber Political Action Committee, one of the most influential PACs in the region that strengthens the influence of Oklahoma City’s business community through the election of candidates who support our priority issues. During each legislative session, our government relations team works on behalf of the business community to advocate for pro-business legislation and create an even stronger climate for our members to conduct business.
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is vital to the success of our great city.
VISITORS A key factor of a successful economy and growing city is the vitality of the city’s visitor industry. Each year, the visitor industry in Greater Oklahoma City generates an economic impact of more than $2 billion and employs more than 32,000 people. These numbers clearly show this booming industry is a vital component of Greater Oklahoma City’s success.
-Amanda Rowe, La Quinta Inn & Suites Oklahoma City
A division of the Chamber, the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is dedicated to the promotion of the city as a first-class visitor destination, bolstering the region’s economic well-being through the solicitation and servicing of conventions and other related group business, as well as individual travelers. Through VisitOKC.com, the CVB helps visitors plan their trips by suggesting great options to eat, stay and see the best attractions. The staff also works with groups and meeting planners to organize events and conventions – whether they have 10 attendees or 10,000.
TALENT AND EDUCATION A business is only as successful as its employees. That’s why the Chamber is actively working to train and recruit the best workforce to locate in Oklahoma City. Since 2006, the Chamber has worked on building the pipeline of entry-level graduates through its Greater Grads program, which connects the region’s 125,000 college students to Oklahoma City’s businesses.
In 2016, the Chamber embarked on a new talent strategy that will keep existing workers competitive through short-term and rapid retooling efforts, upskilling and competency-based training. The ongoing effort will also help recruit talent for specialized and high- demand jobs, making sure that Oklahoma City’s businesses have the talent and resources they need to grow. With a combination of efforts that keeps Oklahoma’s brightest college students here after graduation, keeps Oklahoma City’s existing workers at the top of their skills, and recruits top talent to the region, the Chamber is keeping Oklahoma City competitive for the next generation and beyond. But the Chamber also recognizes that the pipeline of qualified workers begins earlier than college. Through legislative efforts and projects like MAPS for Kids, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is working to ensure our schools produce not only career-ready graduates, but also good citizens who can keep the momentum of the Oklahoma City region moving forward.
The Chamber helps the community find solutions to problems, increases awareness and helps educate the entire community on how to make Oklahoma City a better place. -Cathy O’Connor , The Alliance For Economic
Develiopment of Oklahoma City
Levant Technologies’ business membership with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce is 7+ years strong. We have accurately tracked well over $210,000 in
MEMBER SERVICES The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is among the largest membership organizations in the state. Strong local and state partnerships and a growing membership provide the voice, volunteers and vision of our successful city. As a member, you are an important part of the Chamber’s vision, and through your Chamber membership, we can accomplish much more together than we can alone.
closed business deals thanks to introductions
and connections we found through networking at OKC Chamber events. -Stacy Eads, Levant Technologies
We also believe that your Chamber membership is the best investment you can make in the success of your businesses. The services and support we offer are critical to the growth of your business and our economy. With access to numerous events, online resources and publications each year, our members receive the latest information on Greater Oklahoma City and its economy. The Chamber’s activities and programs not only help us engage with our members, more importantly, they open doors for our members to engage with each other at networking events, volunteer activities, grand opening events, on Chamber websites and through the Chamber’s social media platforms. The opportunities for networking and involvement within the business community are endless. No matter your level of investment, the Chamber’s member benefits will help you reach more of your goals, whether it is through additional visibility and branding, more direct contact with other members, advocacy for your business or information to help your business grow.
CORE MEMBER Investments starting at $500
The Chamber’s Core Membership is the perfect entry point to all that the Chamber has to offer. As a Core Member, you will receive the following benefits: Visibility and Co-Branding • Access to advertising your business in Chamber publications and online resources • Basic Grand Opening Services for new locations • Receive two business category listings on the Chamber website • Membership plaque for display and online plaque available for your website • Opportunity to post member news and offer member- to-member discounts on Chamber website • Opportunity to promote internship openings on greatergrads.com • Welcome listing /upgrade listing in Chamber newsletter Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members • Access to Chamber Ambassador program • Access to Chamber’s mailing list for $150 • Access to Basic Member Orientation • Access to membership in the Tinker Leadership Council • Discounted member rate for booth space at Greater Grads Career Fair/RecruitOKC events • Invitations to Chamber events • Networking opportunities with Chamber members and the public • Opportunity to enroll interns in InternOKC Advocacy • Advocacy on business community issues at all levels of government • Invitation to attend Chamber’s annual Washington, DC Fly-In • Legislative Alert program to keep you informed on urgent issues Information • Subscription to Chamber’s newsletter • Subscription to Chamber’s suite of printed annual publications • Subscription to Chamber’s small-business e-newsletter (NEW BENEFIT) • Access to members-only online content (NEW BENEFIT)
ASSOCIATE MEMBER Investments starting at $750 The Chamber’s Associate Members receive all the benefits of a Core Members, and: Visibility and Co-Branding • New member announcement on Chamber’s social media account • Enhanced Grand Opening Services for new locations (NEW BENEFIT) • Receive two business category listings on the Chamber website Information • Access to Chamber’s Business University online learning tool (NEW BENEFIT) EMERGING LEADER Investments starting at $1,500 Perfect for the company that wants to deepen its engagement with the Chamber, Emerging Leaders receive benefits of Core and Associate Members and: Visibility and Co-Branding • Listing in leadership recognition pages of Chamber’s annual publications and website • Receive three business category listings on the Chamber website Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members • Opportunity to purchase presentation at Business University online learning tool • Annual participation at President’s Roundtable with Roy Williams (NEW BENEFIT exclusive to Emerging Leaders) ADVISOR Investments starting at $3,000 Chamber Advisor Members have increased opportunities to make their voice heard. Advisor Members receive Emerging Leader benefits and: Visibility and Co-Branding • Receive five business category listings on the Chamber website • Premiere Grand Opening Services for new locations (NEW BENEFIT)
Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members • Complimentary access to Chamber’s mailing list • Access to the Chamber’s Executive Member Orientation (NEW BENEFIT) • Opportunity to enroll executives in OKConnect • Invitation to attend BOA Small Group Meetings • Invitation to attend two joint BOD/BOA meetings each year • Invitation to attend InterCity Visit • Invitation for one to participate in Leadership Summit Advocacy • Opportunity to participate in board-level government relations committees • Invitation for one to attend legislative reception Information • One copy of the Chamber’s Leadership Guide PARTNER Investments starting at $5,000 Partners receive all benefits of Advisor Members, and: Visibility and Co-Branding • Receive 10 business category listings on the Chamber website • One feature story on the Chamber’s news website VeloCity annually (NEW BENEFIT) Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members • Invitation for two to participate in Leadership Summit • Invitation to participate in Board of Advisor events • Invitation to attend annual roundtable with Chamber leadership (NEW BENEFIT)
Advocacy • Invitation for two to attend legislative reception
Information • Two copies of the Chamber’s Leadership Guide • Access to data concierge services (NEW BENEFIT)
SENIOR PARTNER Investments starting at $10,000 Senior partners receive all member benefits of lower levels and: Visibility and Co-Branding • Two feature stories on the Chamber’s news website VeloCity annually (NEW BENEFIT) Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members • Invitation for four to participate in Leadership Summit • Invitation to participate in Board of Advisor events Advocacy • Invitation for four to attend legislative reception • Individual legislative consultation (NEW BENEFIT)
EXECUTIVE PARTNER Investments starting at $40,000
At the highest level of investment, the Chamber’s Executive Partners receive the most robust benefits. Executive Partners receive all member benefits of lower level members and: Visibility and Co-Branding • Four feature stories on the Chamber’s news website VeloCity annually (NEW BENEFIT) Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members • Invitation for five to participate in Leadership Summit • Invitation to participate in Board of Advisor events
Advocacy • Invitation for six to attend legislative reception
Information • Three copies of the Chamber’s Leadership Guide
Information • Five copies of the Chamber’s Leadership Guide
NEW AND ENHANCED CHAMBER MEMBER BENEFITS
The Chamber is always working to improve the value of its member benefits. These recently launched or enhanced benefits will help you make more meaningful connections with the leaders of Oklahoma City. Basic Grand Opening Receive listings on www.okcchamber.com, Chamber Ambassadors Facebook Group and on the weekly Grand Opening Update; a Grand Opening Plaque presented by Ambassador volunteer; a digital file of Grand Opening photo; and a Grand Opening listing in The POINT! newsletter. Enhanced Grand Opening Receive all the benefits of a Basic Grand Opening plus a Grand Opening photo post on Chamber social media platforms. Premiere Grand Opening Receive all benefits of Enhanced Grand Openings plus a Grand Opening news release sent to members of the media. Business Category Listings Receive additional business category listings on the Chamber website based upon investment level. VeloCity website Your member-provided feature story will be promoted on VeloCity, the Chamber’s actively updated business news platform (launching in 2018). Executive Member Orientation Open to senior-level leaders who are new to the company or new to the community, this orientation will be offered once a quarter and will be directed by top-level Chamber staff and community leadership.
Business University Online Learning Tool These monthly online training video sessions provide content that is meaningful for small business owners. Topics include human-resources issues, marketing challenges, legal questions and more (launching in 2018). President’s Roundtable Once per quarter, new, high-level members meet with Chamber President & CEO Roy Williams for an overview of the Chamber’s work and insights into the community. Annual Roundtable with Chamber leadership Once annually, top-level member companies have the opportunity to participate in a roundtable conversation about the Chamber’s work and the community with members of the executive committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Individual legislative consultation Top-level members will have the opportunity to meet once a year with the Chamber’s government relations staff in advance of the legislative session to talk about priorities and opportunities to work together on issues. Business University e-newsletter Receive a monthly online email newsletter with “news you can use” for small businesses, including how- to’s, resource directories and interviews with local small business leaders. Data Concierge Services Receive an annual consultation with the Chamber’s research team to find helpful ways to leverage the Chamber’s tools and data for your business.
CHOOSING AN INVESTMENT LEVEL THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU The Chamber’s member benefits are all about helping your company reach its goals. Use this benefit comparison chart to help you decide what level of investment is right for your company.
Chamber Member Benefits
Associate Emerging Leader
Senior Partner Executive Partner
Visibility and Co‐Branding Benefits Access to advertising your business in Chamber publications and online resources Grand Opening Services for new locations Membership plaque for display and and online plaque available for your website Opportunity to post member news and offer member‐to‐member discounts on Chamber website Opportunity to promote internship openings on greatergrads.com Welcome listing /Upgrade listing in Chamber newsletter New member announcement on Chamber's social media account Listing in leadership recognition pages of Chamber's annual publications and website Feature stories on Chamber news website VeloCity annually Direct Contact with Other Chamber Members Access to Chamber Ambassador program Networking opportunities with Chamber members and the public Opportunity to enroll interns in InternOKC Opportunity to purchase presentation on Business University online web platform Annual participation at President's Roundtable with Roy Williams Opportunity to enroll executives in OKConnect Invitation to attend BOA Small Group Meetings Invitation to attend two joint BOD/BOA meetings each year Invitation to participate in the Leadership Summit Annual Roundtable with Chamber leadership Advocacy Advocacy on business community issues at all levels of government Invitation to attend Chamber's annual Washington, DC Fly‐In Legislative Alert program to keep you informed on urgent issues Opportunity to participate in board‐level committees Invitation to attend legislative reception Individual legislative consultation Information Subscription to Chamber's newsletter Access to members‐only online content Subscription to Chamber's suite of annual publications Subscription to Chamber's Business University e‐newsletter Receive the Chamber's annual Leadership Guide Access to Chamber's Business University online learning tool Invitation to attend InterCity Visit Access to Chamber's mailing list Access to Member Orientation Access to membership in the Tinker Leadership Community Discounted member rate for booth space at Greater Grads Career Fair/ RecruitOKC events Invitations to Chamber events
Business Category Listing on Chamber website 2 categories 3 categories
10 categories 10 categories
Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary
2 participants 4 participants
2 participants 4 participants
Access to data concierge services
THE CHAMBER IS HERE TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS SUCCEED We know that a strong Oklahoma City is only possible when its businesses are a part of that success. No matter the goals of your business, the Chamber wants to help you become the strongest company possible. Contact the Chamber’s membership team today to discuss how the Chamber’s membership, networking, advertising and sponsorship opportunities would provide a return on investment for not only your business, but also for the future of Oklahoma City.
Sunny Cearley Vice President of Membership 405-297-8948 firstname.lastname@example.org
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