The Value of Membership

Networking – Generate Business Referrals.

The Santa Monica Chamber hosts at least 3 networking events every month. Learn more about the Chamber’s networking events below.

Business @ Sunset Mixers

The Chamber\\\’s Business @ Sunset mixers are held at different member business each month, including hotels and restaurants in the area.  With over 150 guests in attendance, guests enjoy hors d\\\’oeuvres  and drinks. Each host adds a unique touch to make the event memorable.

If you\\\’re looking into chamber membership or already a current member and trying to grow your business, come visit one our friendly Chamber mixers to meet and network with current members.

Networking Lunch

These popular lunches give all members the opportunity to introduce themselves and their companies to other members, new and old, all over a great lunch.

The Networking Lunch is held on the first Thursday of every month and provides orientation and networking opportunities. View our Events Calendar to find out when our next one will be held.

Members are encouraged to give us any value-added items or coupons to include in our goodie-bags. Please email membership@smchamber.com for more information on providing items for our goodie bags.

Speed Networking

Borrowing the concept of “speed dating”, Speed Networking is a fast-paced networking event that gives all attendees the opportunity to network, one-on-one, for three minutes with each person, and then rotate around the room.

Held on the last Tuesday of each month, Speed Networking is open to members and non-members alike. Check out a brief video clip of one of our Speed Networking events here.

Host a Networking Event

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event,
please contact Gigi de Pourtales, at events@smchamber.com or (310) 393-9825

Marketing and Sponsorship Opportunities –
Get the word out about your business.

The Chamber offers its members a multitude of opportunities to market your company’s products and services – to other Chamber members, people moving to the area, and the business community at large. Read below for complete details.

For marketing/advertising orders, contact Nelly  Hocke, Membership Director by email at membership@smchamber.com or call (310) 393-9825 x115.

FREE FOR MEMBERS

The following marketing/promotional opportunities are free for all active members of the Chamber.

• New Member Profile – All new members receive a new member profile on our website and blasted to our 6,000 email subscribers.

• Online Business Directory – All members receive a free listing in the Chamber\\\’s online directory.

• Community Calendar – Members are encouraged to post their events on our Community Calendar.

• Goodie Bags – Members are invited to put their marketing materials in the goodie-bags at all of our Networking Breakfasts.

• Santa Monica Business Guide – All members receive a free listing in the Chamber\\\’s annual business guide (20,000 copies printed/distributed)

• Hot Deals – All members receive and may offer specific deals or discounts to other Chamber members.

Ready to take advantage

of these free marketing benefits?

Contact Nelly Hocke, Membership Director by email at membership@smchamber.com or call (310) 393-9825 x115.

ADDITIONAL MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

The following marketing/promotional opportunities can be purchased by active members of the Chamber.

FREE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

Post info/offer as a Hot Deal on the Chamber’s website
Post info/offer as an event on our Community Calendar on website
Post event on Community Events on weekly event email blast
Place marketing materials in the Chamber office display case
Post info/offers on the Chamber’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Place marketing materials in our monthly networking lunch goodie bags (50 items/goodie bags/month)
Offer a raffle prize for Business@Sunset mixers, speed networking events, networking lunches, tech talks and signature events

PAID MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

Run a banner ad (1” H x 4” W) in our weekly email event update (8,000 subscribers)
$50/advertisement
$170/month (15% discount)
$450/quarter (25% discount)
$1,560/year (35% discount)
Purchase mailing labels (one time use) for all 950 member businesses (primary contact person and mailing address only) – $150

2015 BUSINESS@SUNSET CO-HOST

The benefits of a networking co-host at a Business@Sunset networking event include:

Recognition of sponsorship from CEO to the attendees during the program (150 – 200 attendees)
Opportunity to speak for 2-3 minutes and introduce host for event
Opportunity to put materials on the registration table
Logo placement on event registration page
Sponsorship mention and link to company website in event description in email blast (sent to 8,000 subscribers)
Opportunity to obtain the list of attendees from each Business @ Sunset event
Marketing through social media channels
Logo placement on newspaper advertisements
Location host to provide food and beverage

Benefits of a Networking Sponsorship

Recognition and acknowledgment by Chamber
Marketing materials at registration
Social media promotion
Email event update ad

We typically do 12 Business@ Sunset mixers a year

For 1 Business@Sunset, the price is $200 to sponsor
For a half-year mixer sponsorship (6 mixers), the price is $900
And for a full year of sponsorship (all 12 mixers), the price is $1,800

2015 SPEED NETWORKING CO-HOST

The benefits of sponsoring a one of these events include:
5 minutes to address the attendees at the beginning of the program (15 – 30 attendees)
Logo placement on event registration page
Sponsorship mention and link to company website in event description in email blast (sent to 6,000 subscribers)
Marketing through social media channels

For 1 speed networking event, the price is $100 to co-sponsor

Recognition and acknowledgment day of
Marketing materials on each table
Social media promotion

2015-2016 SIGNATURE EVENT SPONSORSHIP

The Chamber hosts 6 signature events all of which have different levels of sponsorship and participation.

✓ State of the City – January
✓ Organization of Women Leader’s International Women’s Day Breakfast – March
✓ Sustainable Quality Awards – April
✓ Board Installation Dinner – June
✓ New Heroes Celebration – September
✓ Wellbeing Festival featuring the Buy Local Marketplace – October

Learn More

To learn more about how to promote your business in the Guide contact Judy Swartz at (310) 577-6507 x134 or judy@smmirror.com or go here for more information.

Advocacy – We make it easier for you to do business.

The Chamber is your voice in ensuring the continued growth and vitality of our local economy.

Key Issues

Transportation

Traffic congestion adversely affects the businesses and residents of Santa Monica. Through the Government Affairs Committee, the Chamber has coordinated discussions between the City’s Transportation Department and the business community. The Chamber has supported Phase II of the Exposition Light Rail Line from Culver City to Santa Monica, building the “Subway to the Sea,” the City’s proposed bike-share plan, and is working regionally to find alternative transportation solutions.

Transportation Impact Fee (TIF)

The Chamber supports the City enacting a reasonable TIF to implement the LUCE and to assist in addressing concerns about traffic and mobility. However, the Chamber has had serious reservations about the TIF as first presented – the rates proposed were higher than those found in surrounding cities, and there could be significant negative impacts on neighborhood serving retail.

Small Business Needs

The Santa Monica Alliance’s Growth and Development Committee regularly assists small businesses in navigating the City’s permitting process. Many small business owners are also members of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee where they help shape the Chamber’s position on policies at City, State, and Federal levels.

Workforce Housing

Nearly 80 percent of Santa Monica’s workforce lives outside the city. We need additional, affordable housing options for our commuting workforce, especially for first responders, teachers, nurses, and nonprofit workers. The Chamber has supported the LUCE’s goal of creating new workforce housing options near transit hubs.

Planning

The Chamber’s Land Use Committee has been meeting frequently with the City as they update the zoning ordinance and draft the Downtown Specific Plan. Many of our committee members attend City Workshops and community events, where they share concerns and voice support for items discussed in our committee meetings.

Homelessness

There are more than 700 homeless living in Santa Monica and at least 10 percent of these are veterans. We support increased funding to provide regional solutions, especially housing connected to intensive services for homeless veterans. Specifically, locating supportive housing on the West Los Angeles VA campus would provide a solution for 100-300 veterans.

Green Business Incentives

We support legislation that would provide incentives for businesses and developers to make their operations, especially new construction, energy and resource efficient.

Health Care

We support healthcare reform in which all stakeholders, including government, providers, health care organizations, insurers, health plans, employees, individuals, and employers contribute their fair share of the financing needed to provide coverage for all Californians. We believe that no solution should place an unfair burden on one group and oppose the creation of a single-payer, government-run, universal healthcare system.

California Incline

We support the city’s proposal to reconstruct the structurally deficient California Incline to meet current seismic standards and will work together to minimize the project’s impact on our community. Its lengthy 10-month construction calendar is a concern, especially with other large-impact, downtown construction projects on the horizon.

Pier Restoration

The Chamber supports alternatives for the upcoming Santa Monica Pier Ramp Restoration Project, including a parallel vehicular ramp and south bridge sidewalk to improve both pedestrian and vehicle safety and access to the pier. Limiting vehicle and delivery access would adversely impact the businesses on the pier and deter special events and filming use.


Smoking

The Council recently recommended amending the anti-smoking ordinance to make business owners who knowingly allow smoking in outdoor dining areas liable. The Chamber has successfully guaranteed that this change will be supported by an ongoing, multi-faceted marketing campaign that includes positive, no-smoking messages in a variety of languages and training for the employees now expected to enforce the law.

Los Angeles County Business Federation

The Santa Monica Chamber joined 43 other business organizations from across Los Angeles County to launch the Los Angeles Business Federation, representing more than 70,000 businesses and 1 million employees. The group announced three top advocacy priorities: reducing traffic congestion, curbing gang violence, and supporting quality local schools. Traffic congestion consistently ranks as one of the top issues affecting Santa Monica businesses.

For more information,

please contact:

Carl Hansen, Director of Government Affairs
govaffairs@smchamber.com or (310) 393-9825 x116.

Education – Learn strategies to build your business.

Each month the Chamber’s Technology Committee puts on an educational workshop (“Tech Talk Tuesday”) focused on technology in business. Topics include social media, cloud computing, mobile apps and more.

Join us for our next educational workshop. Learn more below:

Examples: Go with the Flow on SEO!

When:  2nd Tuesday of the month 
Where: Santa Monica Chamber office or Co-working  Space 
Time: 11:45am – 1:00pm
Who: Both members and prospective members welcome

Examples: Put on a Happy FACEbook!

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