Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce in Yakima, Washington :: Join our Chamber

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 For information on joining the Chamber, advertising,

and participating in membership programs, call or email;

chamber@yakima.org  or call 509.248.2021

Chamber Member Levels and Benefits
Basic Level
Bronze Level
Silver Level
Gold Level
Platinum Level
Diamond Level

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce By-Laws

Why Choose to Join the Chamber

The Intuit Small Business blog (part of the QuickBooks Resource Center) recently listed five reasons businesses should join their local chambers of commerce:

  • Solve business problems
  • Learn something new (or act as an expert)
  • Receive discounts from other members
  • Get free press
  • Raise your profile

According to the popular Grasshopper blog for entrepreneurs, “Most business owners feel a Chamber of Commerce membership is a must-have. There aren’t many cons — it’s an affordable group that will foster immediate connections and promote your business.”

From seminars, leads groups, luncheons to business expos and various business and community committees, there’s absolutely no excuse for not being able to meet new contacts, referrals and people who can help you with ideas and additional ways to grow your business. The old adage, out of sight, out of mind, is so true when it relates to networking. The chamber gives your several different venues to meet new people…The positive outcomes on the bottom line and great people I’ve met have been great. In addition, doing business with fellow members who offer wonderful products, services, and ideas has also been a big plus.

Tony Rubleski, president of Mind Capture Group and author of the Mind Capture books.

Greater Yakima Chamber Programs

The Chamber has nearly 1,000 business partners and is governed by a board of directors. The professional Chamber staff works on the following programs:

  • Government Relations
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Professional Development and Business Seminars
  • Employee Benefits
  • Awards and Recognition

Government Relations

The Chamber initiates participation in Chamber Day in Olympia, the development of legislative business agendas, candidate forums, email alerts and other efforts directed at maintaining a business-friendly environment in the state. The Chamber maintains relationships with city and county officials to establish the vital infrastructure needed to retain, attract and grow business in the greater Yakima area.

Business-to-Business Marketing

The Chamber provides opportunities for members to network business-to-business. Networking programs offered by the Chamber include:

  • Action Reporta Chamber quarterly business journal
  • General Membership Luncheons keynote speakers on topics important to business
  • Business After Hours — events hosted by a Chamber member at their place of business
  • The Ted Robertson and Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards Gala — a premiere event recognizing an outstanding citizen or citizens and local businesses
  • New Member Receptions
  • Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings
  • Chamber Coffee Club — encourages networking and referrals. Nonmember businesses are welcome to participate.
  • Social networking through our Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

Awards and Recognition

The Chamber partners with other local businesses and organizations to recognize business excellence in our community:

  • The Ted Robertson Community Service Tribute commemorates a person who has shown continuous volunteer service to the Yakima community. Each year the past Chamber board chairs present this prestigious award.
  • The Annual Chamber Awards showcase Yakima-area businesses in the categories of Nonprofit of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Member of the Year, Business of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

Chamber University Business Seminars

These address topics and educational information that are timely and helpful for a business owner, manager and/or employee. Quality professional education that is relevant to our members is a Chamber priority.

Leadership Yakima

Offered by the Yakima Chamber Foundation, Leadership Yakima is a premier program that works to strengthen and educate community leaders by providing participants with in-depth insights into a variety of issues impacting residents of the Yakima Valley. Many of our graduates move into executive leadership, entrepreneurial, nonprofit and elected positions throughout the community once graduating from Leadership Yakima.

You may apply for yourself, or your employer can sponsor your attendance. Leadership Yakima is a great way for employers to secure employee investment in our valley. Employees gain networking, public relations and management skills to apply to their workplace.

Leadership Yakima was established by Mel Wagner and Bob Hall through the Yakima Chamber Foundation in 1986. Over 600 participants have graduated from the Leadership Yakima program. The June graduation is combined with an alumni reunion.

Download your application today from our website at Yakima.org, or call 509-248-2021 for more information.


 

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