Cara Martinez, Membership Manager

Another program we have implemented in 2015 for our new members is our A.C.T. Power Breakfast.  Here we are nearly half way into the year and we’ve just completed our second, (quarterly) new member orientation and they both have had a great turn out!  This new member orientation meeting is strategically designed to encourage our new members from the start to Activate the Chamber Tools they have been given by joining membership.  The meeting begins with a complimentary “Power” breakfast, (including coffee of course) to get their juices flowing.  They are given time to connect with each other by introducing themselves, their products and services and to pass out their literature. This is followed by an informal PowerPoint presentation given by Cara Martinez, Membership Manager discussing in detail each program and the benefits of it. She describes every networking opportunity the Chamber hosts each month on their behalf through our membership meetings and events.  Cara also spends time getting them familiar with our website and our Chamber Master Member Information Center, (MIC) program by demonstrating ” how to” utilize the social feed and build their ebrochure to enhance their business listing’s visibility on our website.  She then demonstrates how post events and “hot deals” to give them maximum visibility on our website. Q & A’s are also welcomed during this entire time. The meeting concludes with drawings for a FREE Trade Show Booth, Annual Dinner passes and each member present is given a Chamber Connection pass which is good for one FREE registration to a meeting or luncheon of their choice. The BIG winners of the FREE Trade Show Booth were, Vicki Forman of Yoga for Mankind, LLC in January and Clarissa Nagy of Cnagy Wines in April.

“What excites me the most about these orientations is that our new members are connecting with each other “from the start,” learning together how take advantage of their membership benefits and after the meeting is over, a couple of hours later I see that these members are logged into the MIC uploading information on their listing as well as posting their events and hot deals. I believe one of the reasons the attendance at these meetings are so successful is because our members are eager to learn how to get the most out of their membership investment to help grow their business and I am passionate about helping them get there!” says Cara. The next A.C.T. Power Breakfast will be held in July for the new members from April, May and June.