Established in the late 80 hundreds, the Bloemfontein Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the oldest member-based business organisation in the Free State. It is mandated to serve, enable and lead business. This is accomplished through a multitude of services, networking opportunities as well as vigorous advocacy on behalf of business.

The Chamber represents business of all sizes and virtually all sectors pertaining to the Free State. Our members count on us to be their eyes and ears in the Free State as well as on a national level, and we work tirelessly to ensure that we serve our membersí needs.

As a key player in the business landscape, the Bloemfontein / Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry truly believes that we are where opportunity unite.

When consumers know that a Small Business is a member of the local chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favourably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future
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STATISTICAL FACTS THAT ARE QUITE SIGNIFICANT

Why should any business - Small, Medium & Large - organisations, corporations, etc be associated with their local business chamber?

If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is visible at functions, sponsor/attend business linkage events, send out newsletters, utilize the face book page, etc), consumers are 15% more likely to think that its products stack up better than its competition

 

When consumers know that a Small Business is a member of the local chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favourably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. But first they need to be aware of your existing business.

IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES

Small businesses represent the largest segment by number of most local chamber membership rolls, so it is important to quantify the impact that chamber membership has on them too. This section of the report does just that using a similar analytical technique to the one for large businesses. The results indicate that the impact of a local chamber membership on small businesses is more consistent and more powerful than for large, national corporations. The caveat here is the same, however: consumers need to be aware that the small business is involved with its local chamber in order for the benefits to emerge.

But first they need to be aware of your existing business. Click here determine ways the B / MCCI offers their members assistance to achieve just that.