BY ANNA CLEMENTI
Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, better known locally as RAMAC, is the chamber of commerce for the greater Racine area with more than 500 members. Why should a business join the chamber of commerce?
First and foremost, RAMAC focuses on initiatives that will help enhance the growth of the business community and we strive to help businesses to be more successful. Here are some reasons to be a member of RAMAC – your chamber of commerce.
Advocate on pro-business public policy
The most dramatic benefit of being a RAMAC member is the power of joining together with peers. RAMAC is the “voice of business,” and as our membership increases, our voice continues to grow in strength. RAMAC is able to represent the viewpoints of our membership in front of governmental bodies, committees and boards. We advocate for policies that promote a pro-business local environment and support effective and efficient government. When you are a member of RAMAC, you are supporting the efforts that RAMAC makes on your behalf to make the greater Racine area a better place to do business. We also provide forums featuring governmental leaders giving our members the opportunity to meet them, give opinions and ask questions.
Provide quality training and networking
RAMAC sponsors multiple events throughout the year that are based solely on networking and helping your business be more visible. If your business depends on local business generation, the networking events are the best opportunity for you to participate. Connections made at RAMAC events are invaluable.
RAMAC also works with strategic partners and its membership to offer courses with topic experts at a low cost. We offer marketing seminars, customer service training, leadership and supervision training to just name a few.
Business referrals and relationship building
Businesses, residents and visitors that are new to the community frequently call RAMAC, as the local chamber of commerce, for referrals for the goods and services they need. If your business is not a member, RAMAC staff will not refer you. We refer and support our membership. Also, once you are a member, you are on our directory which is commonly shared among members as a way to work with each other and build local relationships.
A business receives many benefits visibly and behind the scenes, however, joining only gets you so far. Participating and showing up is the true key to receiving the full benefits of your RAMAC membership. The “why” you join will be different for each business, but only by taking advantage of the opportunities presented to your business will your membership become a true return on investment.
If you are already a member of RAMAC – we hope to see you at our next event! If you are not, reach out to staff for more information. We are always happy to tell you more! firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 634-1931 or visit us at 300 Fifth St.
Anna Clementi is the operations supervisor for Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce.