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Featured Member Program
The opportunity to be a Featured Member on our website is offered to all member businesses. Featured members are selected in a random drawing held monthly at the Board of Directors meeting (2nd Tuesday monthly.) Every member has an equal chance to be chosen. Once featured, members may be eligible for another Featured Member article in 12 months.
The feature will be a highlighted block on the front page of the website, with a link to the complete article on it's own page. The featured member will remain in that position for at least 30 days. Articles should focus on the business's history (both in and out of the Gatesville community), overview of products or services offered, and any other information about the member. If at all possible, include something directly or indirectly about the local people who help make the local business/organization a success. Articles submitted may be subject to an abbreviated version being rendered.
Submission guidelines: Articles must be submitted to the Chamber two weeks prior to publishing date. Article should be in MS Word, PDF, or .txt format. If photos are to be included with the article, they should be in JPG, EPS, TIF, or GIF format. Any picture not digitally rendered should be hand-carried to the Chamber for scanning.
We're proud of our members and want to show it!
Special Event Ceremonies
One of the most exciting events for a business, whether new or existing, is celebrating a grand opening, anniversary, a recent achievement, or a business milestone. Consider hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or a Business After Hours Mixer if your business:
These events are an important part of your overall marketing and advertising plan and a great way to kick-off a grand opening of a business. They offer an opportunity to meet key leaders in the community and get acquainted with your neighbors and Chamber leaders. The Gatesville Chamber of Commerce offers members assistance in the planning and preparation of these events. Together, we can garner optimum exposure for your business. There is no charge for Chamber involvement - it’s a value-added benefit of your Chamber membership.
Scheduling your event should take place a minimum of three - four weeks ahead of the event to allow time to invite members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, the Ambassadors, City and County dignitaries, and chamber members (for business after hours.) Plan your event far enough in advance to allow attendees to respond and mark their calendars. Avoid scheduling your event when most people have plans (5:00 p.m. on a Friday) or commitments (before 9:00 a.m. many are getting youngsters off to school.) You should send invitations with a map to family, friends, customers, prospective customers, and neighboring businesses.
Junior Ambassador Program
The purpose of the Junior Ambassador Program is to encourage teenagers to become active in Chamber and community events. In addition, as Junior Ambassadors, students will have a chance to learn more from one-on-one contact with the business community, while fulfilling their community service requirements.
Junior Ambassadors will be selected on or after the beginning of each Chamber year – January through December. Junior Ambassadors will be charged with these responsibilities:
A “Junior Ambassador of the Year” is selected and an award presented at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Banquet. The Chamber of Commerce may award an annual “Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassador Scholarship.” The scholarship program is open to active Junior Ambassadors by application. Download an scholarship application or contact the chamber for more information.
2009 Junior Ambassador officers are:
Get involved – it’s FUN! Download an Junior Ambassador application (above) or contact the chamber for more information on this active community action program.
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES
Chamber ambassadors conduct ribbon cutting ceremonies. You will have the opportunity to say a few words about your business and introduce your associates. The Chamber will help you make things go as smoothly as possible by:
People generally anticipate spending no more than about a half hour at a ribbon cutting ceremony, so plan an event agenda accordingly.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXERS
Business After Hours are more social, less structured, and last longer than ribbon cutting ceremonies. Generally scheduled for approximately an hour and a half evening hours, attendees will arrive shortly after normal working hours. The Chamber will help you make things go as smoothly as possible by:
Because this is your event, there are no set guidelines. What follows is an assembly of things you can do to help plan either a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony or a Business After Hours.
What Should I Serve?
How can I promote my business to persons attending?
Where do I want to “stage” the official photo for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony?
What kind of event agenda should I plan?
Contact the Chamber on this website or call 254-865-2617 for more information.