Learn more about the national survey of 2,000 adults that reveals being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in their community. Learn more about individual business groups by watching the short slide show.
Website Listing/Membership Referrals
The Chamber only refers its members on its website, over the phone to consumers and with walk-in customers. Being a Chamber Member affords you the opportunity to be referred or listed with the Chamber through all of those channels. Each member is listed on the website under your category name, company name and any additional keywords that would benefit your search. Each member is listed in a printed directory, printed each Summer, by company name and by category. The Membership Directory is delivered to new service members through their orientation programs.
This program allows members to offer discounts to each other. These discounts are a minimum of 10% off and are for a wide range of services. These opportunities connect members to each other while offering mutually beneficial cost savings. Download a full list of discounts.
Business After Hours
A once-a-month networking gathering hosted by different business members to showcase their businesses while giving the opportunity to network with Chamber members. There is no additional charge for this event and anyone affiliated with the business member is invited to attend.
Chamber members can attend an out-of-town weekend retreat to network, hear keynote speakers and formulate the next year's Program of Work. Chamber Retreat has an attendance of almost 200 and it is typically held in a resort area at a 4-to 5-star hotel.
Rub O' The Green Golf Tournament
A quality golf outing supported by the Chamber's membership and designed to bring state leaders, industrial prospects, Shaw Air Force Base personnel, and local leaders together with the membership in a social setting to promote the Sumter community.
Military Appreciation Picnic
This event is specifically to honor our service men and women at Shaw AFB. Hamburgers and hotdogs are provided for over 1,800 military service men and women. Opportunities for sponsorships and booths are available to Chamber members to showcase their products and services. Everyone has the opportunity to express their appreciation to our airmen and build relationships between the two communities.
This is an opportunity for us to showcase the Sumter community and all it has to offer to the South Carolina Legislature. Though we generally don't go with a specific agenda, Legislative Day is a branding event for our community so that when we do bring an item before our Legislature; its members are more familiar with our community and our needs.