Membership Has its Benefits….
Business After Hours
More than 200 Chamber members attend this monthly networking event hosted by member businesses. Held on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Business After Hours provides an effective avenue for you to network with other members.
Business Before Hours
Start your day the right way! Held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m., this event allows people to begin the day with informal networking at a Chamber member’s business.
Thursday After Hours
Held on the first Thursday of most months from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., this event allows people to end their day with informal networking at a Chamber member’s business.
Held quarterly, membership meetings provide networking opportunities for members and guest speakers who offer dialogue on issues affecting Norman and its business community.
Leadership Norman and Tomorrow’s Leaders
The Norman Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in the state to offer coordinated leadership programs for two distinct groups of local residents. Leadership Norman, for adults, and Tomorrow’s Leaders, for high school sophomores, all provide their participants with unique opportunities and insights through a variety of sessions focused on community issues. Leadership programs also provide opportunities for lasting friendships and self-exploration. For more information, contact Erica Millar at 321-7260.
Promote Your New Business
Let our Chamber Ambassadors, the friendly folks in the blue blazers, help you celebrate the opening of your new business or new location with an official ribbon cutting. They will present you with a “First Dollar” plaque, and your photo will be featured in the Norman Business Journal. For more information, contact Michelle Hohlier at 321-7260.
Use your Chamber Membership Directory as your first source for the goods and services you need.
The Chamber’s Membership Directory is the referral source for Chamber members and staff. Make sure your business information, including representative’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail, is correct when you join and be sure to inform us of changes when they occur. This will help the Chamber staff send new customers to your business.
Advertise in Chamber Publications
If you want to advertise your business to Chamber members and potential new residents, utilize display ad space available in several Chamber publications including the Norman Business e-Journal, Weekly e-Minder, the Norman City Map and here on the website. The Norman Business e-Journal reaches more than 2,300 business-minded people monthly. For affordable advertising rates, contact Michelle Hohlier at 321-7260.
Increase Visibility by Hosting an Event
Chamber events such as Business After Hours, Business Before Hours, and Business Before Hours are hosted by different Chamber members each month. If you would like an opportunity to showcase your business, contact Michelle Hohlier at 321-7260.
Target Marketing for Your Business
The entire Chamber membership is available on mailing labels. Call us for information about purchasing this list of Norman’s top decision-makers.
Norman Business eJournal
The Chamber’s monthly newsletter is your information source about activities and events.
As a new member, your business will be listed free of charge the month after you join.
You will be listed again each year when you renew your membership. In addition, information provided by you about your products or services will be included in the “Get To Know Our Members” feature. Furthermore, the Norman Business eJournal provides members with a useful calendar of events that lists monthly Chamber happenings.
Committees & Task Forces
Members who desire a stronger relationship with the Chamber and the Norman community are encouraged to sign up for one of the organization’s various committees.
These groups include economic and community programs that enhance the business climate and quality of life in Norman. They offer you an opportunity to become active in Chamber events and programs as well as build long-lasting relationships with business people who have similar interests and missions.
Website & E-mail Links
The Chamber’s website includes listings of all members alphabetically and by business classification. If you and your business have e-mail or a website, these can be linked from the Chamber page. Just let us know your e-mail address and URL.
The Business Development Committee Retail Trade Task Force is tasked with promoting local shopping.
Display Your Membership Sticker
To let others know that you have invested in your business and your community by joining the Chamber, place your membership sticker on your business’s front door or window.
Assistance For Your Small Business
The Chamber provides assistance for small business through a partnership with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC). Check out the OSBDC website at www.osbdc.org.
After joining, a member of the Chamber Ambassadors will contact you to help you get connected with Chamber events and members. This volunteer is ready to answer questions. Also, feel free to call the Chamber offices Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays. The friendly Chamber staff will be happy to assist you.