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How Does Joining A Small Business Organization Benefit You As An Owner?

Aug 24, 2007
As the owner of a small business there are temptations to join local organizations, but often you wonder if it is really worth the investment in membership fees and time. In deciding whether to join a small business organization there are some considerations before dropping off your check.

The primary purpose most people join a business group is for networking with other business owners in the community. Organizations such as chambers of commerce perform numerous functions for its members including providing help and advice on business operations as well as dealing with government agencies. Some can even offer assistance in where to go for business financing.

One of the things to look at when making the decision is whether or not other members of the organization are potential customers. Depending on the type of business you are in, there will be those who can use your products or services. Additionally, most chambers of commerce recommend to their members that when they need a specific service they do business with other chamber members.

That's not to say that you will reap instant benefits because as the new business in town you will have to prove yourself and getting that first customer may take some legwork. Simply joining an organization doesn't guarantee a sudden surge in business. It is all about the networking and attending and participating in events sponsored by the organization can help you meet new people and other business owners who can help you fit in better with the community.

With all new enterprises it will take time to get your feet under you and the more help you can muster with other business owner, the quicker that may happen. However, joining a small business organization for the sole purpose of getting new business will probably not be a good investment. While your business name may be more publicized, unless you're willing to devote the time and effort to be involved in the organization, others will never get to know you or your business.

Consider the things in common you, as the owner of a small business, have in common with other small business owners. Some of the established businesses have brought their ambition to reality and are successful. There may be something about getting new customers you can learn from them and, even though you are new to the business world, there may be some fresh ideas you can offer that will benefit them as well.

Looking beyond any membership fee that may be charged and considering the investment of time that will be needed to make the most out of an organization membership will help you decide if the investment is worthwhile. However, it is hard to put a value on the benefits of meeting new people and sharing ideas on growing a successful business.
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