The Lifestyle Magazine including a Newcomers Guide: This full color annual magazine is distributed to 3,000 individuals, businesses and potential new residents every year. It's the first magazine to get into the hands of prospective newcomers and new residents. It is also inserted in relocation packets distributed through motels, city offices, realtors and is available at the Chamber office. Advertising opportunities in the Lifestyle magazine are available only to Chamber members.
Internet Exposure: The Chamber maintains two web sites that provide access to the business directory giving them free worldwide exposure. Any member who already has their own home page can have it linked to their Chamber listing for free. You can visit the Chamber's site at: www.crossville-chamber.com or our Tourism site www.golfcapitaltenn.com. The Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page is a great way to get exposure to thousands of Facebook members. We LOVE to LIKE our members!
Golf Guide: The Chamber distributes 100,000 of this popular guide listing the golf courses as well as area accommodations. One effective distribution source is Trade Shows. Requests are also obtained via e-mail.
Restaurant Guide: The Chamber offers a Restaurant Guide available for visitors to the office, on our website, in our 24/7 Information Kiosk, at the Visitors Center or by request. The Restaurant Guide gives information on hours/days of operation, address, and a brief description of the type of food that is offered. Placement in the Restaurant Guide is included with your Chamber membership and is not available to non-members.
Calendar of Events: There are listings of major attractions and festivals in various Tennessee event brochures publishing 500,000 copies annually. You can keep up with upcoming area events on the local cable channels or the Chamber website.
Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings: These ceremonies which increase the visibility of new or expanding businesses are provided to Chamber members only and are free. Attended by Chamber officials and ambassadors, the event is covered in the local newspaper with a photo and article and also on Facebook. Invitations are emailed to various businesses and city/county officials. The event provides free coverage to the host business.
Membership Sponsorship: High visibility and advertising value is offered to members who sponsor a Chamber event, such as Live Local Shop Local, FAM tours, Membership Breakfast, Leadership Cumberland, Business After Hours, Receptions, Annual Meeting and the Executive Managers Group Meetings, just to name a few! As event sponsors, the member's business name is prominently displayed and promoted. Pre-event publicity and mailings afford them broad advertising exposure at no additional cost above their sponsorship fee.
Chamber Business After Hours: Held each quarter from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. These networking events bring together an average of 125+ people. Mini display tables are available for promotions for members to promote their goods and services free.
Membership Breakfast: New members are invited to attend our Member Breakfast. New members are introduced and are asked to tell everyone about their business and services they have to offer. Membership plaques are given to new members to display at their business and photos are taken to be submitted to the local newspaper and to be published on our Facebook page.
Committees: Members may participate in our active and dynamic committees and taskforces, covering a wide range of interests including Economic Development, Tourism Development and Membership Development.
Mailing Labels: Members may request a set of Avery mailing labels ($25.00). The list provides complete direct mailing information of Chamber members, allowing you to develop a database of business prospects.
Business Referral Service: Each week hundreds of referrals of Chamber members are given to tourists, those interested in relocating to the Crossville area, the business community and the general population (all potential customers). Members are always referred to these inquirers. In addition, more than 250 relocation packets which include Chamber member information are distributed each month.
Promotional Displays: Members can display their cards and promotional materials in the Chamber office-exposure to thousands yearly.
Tax Deductibility: Membership in the Chamber is 100% tax deductible as a necessary business expense.
Certificates of Origin: The Chamber provides necessary documentation free to members for their overseas shipments.
Resource Center: Information resources are available at the Chamber - examples include a community calendar, community demographics, clubs and organizations list, major employers and industrial directory, local, area, state and national government contacts, local and state maps, traffic count maps, statewide visitor information and Business Start-Up-Kits.
Advocate for Business: The Chamber is the voice of the business community in local, county, and state issues representing the business community in problem solving, promoting economic development, etc. As the voice of the business community, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce has instituted vital programs such as Live Local Shop Local, Economic & Industrial Development efforts and promotions including Leadership Cumberland, SEo Optimized webpage, establishment of the Crossville-Cumberland County Convention and Visitors Bureau with FAM Tours and publication of a golf and tourism brochure and the Legislative Breakfast. As the Chamber continues to grow, so will its programs and services!
Business Seminars: These professionally conducted and informative seminars are held quarterly. They assist businesses in becoming more successful by addressing "How To" topics and issues affecting small business in particular. Seminar topics have included Marketing & Publicity for Small Business Owners, Computer Finance, Record Keeping and Business Management. The Chamber is working in conjunction with Tennessee Business Development Center to offer a series of classes covering subjects related to Personal Development, Customer Service, Quality Management, Time Management, Leadership and Teaming, Environment, Health and Safety.
How to Start a Small Business: A comprehensive guide to all aspects of establishing a business in Cumberland County: site selection; financing and managing; local, state and federal regulations; tax requirements; etc. The guide also includes helpful contacts, advice and assistance.
Retiree Recruitment: Leads are gathered from the Retire Tennessee Program, telephone calls and the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce website. These leads receive mailings with our Lifestyle Magazine, a complimentary county map and several other items of interest. This is our way of letting retirees know that "It's Just Better Here"!
SPECIAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS
The Chamber sponsors several programs and events each year:
Crossville Profiles & Crossville Connections: The Chamber has partnered with the Crossville Housing Authority's TNT Program (Teens Need Training) to produce local cable programming utilizing the Gateway Education Center and its Gateway Productions Studio. The partnership represents training for students by providing a high-tech professional production facility for producing television programs. The students in the TNT Program are in charge of the pre-production and production operation for Crossville Profiles. Crossville Profiles can be seen on Charter Communications Channel 192, Vol First Channel 12, Spirit Broadband Channel 15 and Comcast Channel 12; where viewers get to learn more about the pride, people and progress of Crossville and Cumberland County.
Annual Membership Meeting: The event features a program and recognition of the Chamber officers and directors. Average attendance of 150+ makes for a good networking opportunity.
Legislative Breakfast: This event held in January allows legislators representing Cumberland County an opportunity to present an update on pending and proposed legislation.
Calendar of Events: The Chamber staff works with over 100 Clubs and Organizations to compile the Calendar of Events. Local calendar of events information is submitted to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to be included in their annual events brochure and the appropriate seasonal brochure. (Over 500,000 brochures are printed and distributed annually). The Calendar is also listed on our website and copies are available at the Chamber office.
Live Local Shop Local: Annually the Chamber launches this campaign to encourage local spending. Why shop locally? Why not go somewhere else and shop? Why not go somewhere else and do business? Because, shopping locally helps support the community and its many activities. Local businesses support the many activities in the community with thousands of dollars of contributions every year to help make it a better place. Money spent away, stays away and doesn't help support scout groups, churches, baseball leagues and the many other organizations and activities that make our community a better place for everyone. Support the community by supporting the ones who help the community grow-local businesses.
The Live Local Shop Local Program has resulted in increased sales tax revenue. An increase in these dollars results in more jobs, higher wages and a better standard of living for area residents.
Leadership Cumberland: Is a seven month program dessigned to expose participants to all sides of important issues and opportunities. One day sessions are held from January thru July. The group chosen to participate in Leadership Cumberland will include a cross section of people representative of the community. The nominees should possess leadership ability, interest in the community, willingness to fully participate and potential for long term residence.