Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out about what’s going on at the Chamber?
The Chamber sends out one e-mail newsletters per week to let you know what is going on that week and what to expect over the horizon. The Chamber website (www.gastonchamber.com) also has information on everything we do, and our Facebook group sends out regular updates as well.
Do I need to RSVP for Chamber events?
Absolutely! You’ll find links on our website to RSVP and pre-pay for upcoming events like First Friday Focus, Mount Holly Morning, Jumpstart, Professional Women's Association, and more.
Can I send my employee to an event?
You bet! Your Chamber membership is for your business, so your employees are included and welcome to attend with you or in your place.
What should I do if I’m not receiving Chamber e-mails on a regular basis?
Go to www.gastonchamber.com and enter your information where it says to “Join the Chamber’s e-mail list.” If you are already on our distribution list, check your e-mail program’s junk box and spam filter settings and make any necessary changes.
How do I qualify for a Chamber Ribbon Cutting ceremony?
Ribbon Cuttings are available to new members who have paid their dues in full. The ceremony needs to be scheduled 2 - 3 weeks before the event and the eligible days are Monday – Friday during normal business hours. For Ribbon Guidlines click here.
What should I expect from a Ribbon Cutting ceremony?
One or two Chamber staff members and several Chamber Ambassadors will attend, as well as anyone else you would like to invite yourself. We will present you with a small gift to commemorate the event, and a picture will be published in an upcoming installment of Chamber Matters in the Gaston Gazette. In short, it’s a ‘photo opp’ and free publicity for your business.
How can I pay for my membership dues, events, or sponsorship opportunities?
The Chamber accepts personal and business checks, certified checks, cash, and credit cards. In many cases you can pay online through the link provided.
Can I have a membership directory?
You can view our entire current membership directory on our website, and you can look at it either alphabetically or by business classification. We also send out printed copies of our directory to new and existing Chamber member businesses.
How can I get my company’s event mentioned in the Chamber’s e-mail newsletter or on the website?
If you sponsor a Chamber event, your business name will be included in all of our related communications and press releases. If you are promoting an event specific to your own company, you can sponsor our weekly e-mail newsletter, which gives you the banner at the top of the e-mail for everyone to see (and it can click-through to your website!). You can also submit your event’s information for inclusion in the Community Calendar on the Chamber website.
How can I get value from the Chamber when I don’t have any time to participate?
Participating in Chamber events takes less time than you think (only 2-4 hours per month if you’re going to 1-2 events), and your membership investment automatically includes you in our Chamber business referral service and in our business directory. Your company can take advantage of our various marketing opportunities like e-mail newsletter banners, website banners, and targeted event sponsorships. You can also place your marketing brochure on our Chamber office’s members-only wall for others to pick up. Last but not least, you may be eligible to bid on providing Chamber services or providing services to other Chamber members in areas like catering, printing, copiers, etc.