Helping our Missouri community grow since 1979
103 South Oak Street
Union, MO 63084
Printable Membership Packet
Frequently Asked Questions
Dear Business Owner,
Union, Missouri is a thriving community that includes diverse industries, strong public and private educational sources, engaged city and county governments and very active community organizations. The Union Area Chamber of Commerce serves as a catalyst by uniting member businesses, community agencies, education and government to make Union a great place to live, work and play.
The Union Chamber provides members with networking, referrals, and promotional opportunities, and presents quality programs to help members be as successful as possible. The Union Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join our organization with the understanding that our main purpose is to help you and your business! Please see the enclosed “Question and Answer” form, which outlines some of the common questions we incur from those interested in our Chamber. Joining your Chamber provides help to you in many ways to operate your business more efficiently as you grow and prosper.
Membership investments are based on two factors: the type of business or organization and the number of employees. Enclosed in the attached packet is the “Membership Investment Schedule,” which breaks down each level. Annual dues begin January and end in December. The Union Chamber follows a pro-rated schedule (attached on the packet’s last page), inviting businesses to join the Chamber at any time throughout the year.
Thank you for making the positive decision today to join your local Chamber. The Union Chamber is here to serve you and be the champion of businesses in Union.
Union Area Chamber of Commerce…Helping our Missouri community grow since 1979!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is the Chamber?
The Union Area Chamber of Commerce is a private non-profit association of business and professional people. While our original purpose was to serve as a voice for the business community, we’re active today in many other areas as well. For example, we promote business through events and festivals that also benefit the community. We administer over 12 committees to address everything from legislation to golf tournaments.
2. How big is the Chamber?
There are approximately 300+ members, 2 staff members, and a budget of over $140,000.
3. Who runs the Chamber?
Policies are set by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from all segments of the local business community. Most serve three-year terms (renewable for another term). Policies are executed by the Executive Director with the support of the Assistant Chamber Director. The Executive Director and Assistant maintain the day-to-day operations affiliated with the Chamber.
4. What’s the best way to get the most from my membership?
Our most satisfied members are those who attend meetings and activities, and who use the Chamber as a resource for information and business promotion. Chamber activities and meetings are the perfect places to make contacts with potential customers and business partners.
5. When are meetings held?
Committees meet at varying times each month. Business After Hours are held upon the business owner’s request. These gatherings are social and business events that bring members together to meet, make new business contacts and discuss issues with Chamber leaders.
Lunch & Learns are held every month, at noon on the third Tuesday. Each meeting features a different business-related topic, with lunch from a member restaurant.
An End of the Year Banquet for members is held every November, featuring dinner, a keynote speaker and a wrap-up of the year/preview of the next year.
The regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting is held the second Thursday of each month. All members are welcome to attend.
6. How do I advertise through the Chamber?
- Our monthly newsletter with a mailing list of over 350. Inserts or ads are available at no cost to our members.
- The Chamber Membership Mailing List can help you target Chamber members with your own mailing. We can either email you the list or print the list on labels provided by your business.
- Our office has a resource area open to the public. We are proud of our members and want to display their brochures, flyers and business cards.
- Chamber website that provides a membership directory and lists member’s events on a community calendar.
7. How do I join a committee?
Members are invited to join any committee that fits their needs and interests. Please call the office and speak with one of the staff. A list of committees is also included on the Investment Information form below.
8. Does the Chamber endorse political candidates?
No, Chamber policy is to study and take action on issues that affect our members and/or the community, but to leave the election of candidates to individuals. The Chamber needs to be able to work cooperatively with whoever is elected, and that cannot be accomplished if endorsements are made.
9. Is the Chamber affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
Yes, we are! We have also been a member of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce since 1965. As a member of the Union Area Chamber of Commerce, you have access to benefits offered by these organizations.
10. Do you have a liaison to the City of Union?
The Chamber has an executive staff member available to assist you with any special needs in working with the different departments at the City of Union and the utility companies. The Chamber also offers City-related resources, such as permit and licensing information.
11. Do you offer any type of program to benefit students of the community?
The Chamber provides four scholarships per year to area students beginning college or trade schools. The Chamber also donates funding to Boys & Girls State competitions each year.
12. Does that conclude the benefits the Chamber has to offer?
- We also provide our new members a membership plaque to proudly display your membership. Many members look for it while doing business with one another.
- The Chamber provides an Ambassador Committee to host ribbon cuttings for open houses and grand openings, which includes newspaper coverage.
- The Chamber has a grand opening banner available for loan to Chamber members at no charge.
- Special requests you don’t see above? We can work something out!
In conclusion, we believe your investment in the Chamber is like holding a share in your future. We are continuously implementing new ideas and programs that are based on suggestions by our members, with the continuous goal of aiding area businesses and contributing to a successful and thriving community.
Membership Investment Information
Please fill out the information below in as much detail as possible (this information will be used both for our records in your membership file, and for your listing on our website, www.unionmochamber.org).
Type of Business/Services Provided: ____________________________________________________________
Investment Amount Due: $________ # Full Time Employees: ________ # Part Time Employees: ________
Main Contact, Title: _________________________________________________________________________
Physical Address: ___________________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address (if different from above): _______________________________________________________
Phone #: _____________________________________ Fax #: ____________________________________
Email (list all who want to receive Chamber news): ________________________________________________
Website/Facebook Link: _____________________________________________________________________
· Would you ever be interested in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors? ____ Yes ____ No
· Would you be interested in joining a Chamber event committee? (If yes, circle the event you’re interested in):
o Founder’s Day Run/Walk/Ride
o Sunrise Scramble Golf Tournament
o Long Haul Service Award BBQ
o End of the Year Banquet
o Networking Meetings (Lunch & Learns and Business After Hours)
· Would you be interested in acting as a Chamber ambassador (represent the Chamber at ribbon cuttings, business relocations, and ground breaking activities)? ______ Yes ______ No
**No time? No problem! A majority of members are not actively involved; they join and renew each year to ensure the Chamber can continue strengthening our local economy and helping area businesses increase their visibility.
We hereby agree to be a member of the Union Area Chamber of Commerce, and to abide by its Standards of Professional Conduct. The undersigned hereby agrees to waive any legal rights they may have to sue any staff, officer or director of the Union Area Chamber of Commerce for any mismanagement, malfeasance or negligence arising from any act or failure to act while that person is acting in his/her capacity as a representative of the Union Area Chamber of Commerce.
Signature: ______________________________________ Title: _____________________ Date: ______________
Thank you for your support of the Union Area Chamber of Commerce!
Member Annual Investment Schedule
**WE NOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS IN ADDITION TO CHECKS AND CASH!**
Banks, Savings & Loan Associations, Utilities, Government and Educational Entities -- $400
1-10 Employees - $125
11-25 Employees - $150
26-50 Employees - $175
51-100 Employees - $200
101 to 150 Employees - $250
151 to 200 Employees - $275
201 and Over - $300
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Under 125 beds - $175
125 Beds or more - $300
Motels/Lodging Establishments -- $150
Miscellaneous Business Types Not Classified Elsewhere
1-5 Employees - $100
6-10 Employees - $125
11-20 Employees - $175
21 and Over - $225
Service Clubs, Churches, and Other Non-Profit Organizations -- $75
Individuals/Retired -- $50