Thank you for your interest in joining the Terrell Chamber of Commerce. We are glad you're here!
The Terrell Chamber of Commerce is an essential partner for local businesses. As a Chamber member, you will be connected with nearly 500 other business members who are contributing to the success of Terrell. Below are benefits you will receive as a member.
Professional Development & Networking
The Chamber hosts networking events throughout the year, providing members with the opportunity to make essential connections with other professionals in our community. These include:
The monthly Morning Mingle Networking Breakfast allows you the opportunity to network with other professionals. Each attendee will get 30 seconds to tell the group about your business or announce a promotion. The Morning Mingle is typically held the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairfield by Marriott.
These after-hours business mixers bring professionals together at a Chamber member host’s location to spotlight their business. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people to share what you do and learn about what they do. You never know what that connection will lead to. People like doing business with people they know. These mixers provide members an opportunity to exchange business cards, make new contacts, and have fun!
Chamber Board Luncheons are held on the third Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. (with some exceptions where there are conflicts). These meetings are open to the membership and provide our executive committee, key community leaders, and members an opportunity to give updates on various projects, events, and activities. New members also get a chance to introduce themselves. It is also an excellent venue to make and renew contacts with other professionals.
The Annual Membership Meeting & Industry Recognition Luncheon, hosted by the Terrell Chamber of Commerce and Terrell Economic Development Corporation each February, recognizes industry milestones and key volunteers from the prior year.
Newsletters & Communication
We have several channels of communication with members to keep you informed of essential information, including mostly electronic communiques, and one printed newsletter.
As a Chamber member, you will benefit from exposure to other members and the community. Here are some of the ways we help bring attention to your business:
Listing in this annual directory provides a Business Referral Guide exclusive to Chamber member businesses. You will be included in both the alphabetical and categorical sections and will be offered paid advertising opportunities. The directory is distributed to visitors, residents, prospective members, and those who are new to the area or considering relocating. You can also view it online.
Your business information will be available to all Chamber website visitors through our online business directory, navigable by category or alphabetically. Contact information includes links to members’ websites, social media, email address, and phone numbers. The Chamber website receives more than 2,000 visits each week, giving your business exposure to thousands of potential customers over the course of a year.
Ribbon cuttings are hosted for all new chamber members. Members and staff will be at the ribbon cutting to welcome you into the Chamber. A photo of the ribbon cutting, along with a brief description of your business, will be included in a ¼ page full color ad in the Terrell Tribune (a $250 value). The photo with caption will also be included in the Chamber Spotlight newsletter and on the website.
If your business has a social media presence, we will follow your Facebook Page and Instagram account. We share member posts daily to increase your reach. Our Facebook Page has nearly 4,500 followers. We also have a growing audience on Instagram.
We have TV kiosks located at the Tanger Outlet Visitor's Center and in the Chamber office lobby. New members logos will appear in the slideshow for 90 days. In addition, we recognize renewals and list upcoming community events and ribbon cuttings.
Terrell Cash is a community currency program that allows us to offer one gift certificate that can be accepted by numerous different merchants within Terrell. Since only merchants that participate in the program can accept certificates, the funds stay within the Terrell economy and in the hands of our community members.
This is one way we are helping our local business members complete against large, national brands.
Through the Member Information Center (MIC), members can submit events to be published on our online events calendar. We also include upcoming events in our weekly email newsletter.
As a chamber member, you are permitted to bring your promotional flyers and business cards for us to display in the Chamber office lobby. Our office is also a Visitor's Center, so we have a large amount of traffic.
The Chamber Spotlight newsletter is published bi-monthly (six times per year) and includes updates on upcoming community events, new membership announcements, membership renewals, small business spotlight, volunteer spotlight, community news, chamber activities and accomplishments. This printed publication is included in the Terrell Tribune, as well as emailed or mailed to members.
The weekly e-mail newsletter is sent to all Chamber members, as well as potential members and subscribers. It includes essential information, such as new member welcomes, member news/announcements, Chamber announcements, scheduled ribbon cuttings, and a list of upcoming events. Members are welcome to send news, announcements or upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org to include in the newsletter.
Not receiving the newsletter? It is sent from a third-party SPAM-compliant program, so it may end up in your junk folder (you can mark it as 'not junk' to prevent that). If you don't find it there, contact us at 972-524-5703 to be sure we have the correct email address.
Members are invited to join our closed Facebook Group that was created as an additional way for us to communicate with members about Chamber events and networking opportunities and membership benefits. This group will also allow you to share and communicate with other members. Join the closed group.
To keep members in the loop, we will frequently send out emails with event invites or reminders. We occasionally send other emails communicating essential announcements, updates or anything else we think may be relevant to our members. Be sure you have our domain (terrelltexas.com) marked as a safe sender so you receive these communications.
Other Benefits, Resources & Options
In addition to all of the previously mentioned benefits, the Chamber offers additional resources and opportunities to help your business succeed.
Business referrals given to walk-in customers, phone or email requests are exclusive to Chamber members.
Through the new ChamberMaster Member Information Center (MIC), members can easily submit job postings, hot deals, news releases and events. These submissions will appear in their respective sections of the website. In the MIC, you can do many other things such as refer a business for membership, view reports on your online member listing visibility, update your personal or business profile, and more. These are items we will cover in new member orientation.
New Member Orientation is offered quarterly to new members to inform them of member benefits and how to take advantage of all it has to offer. It includes an overview of how to update and maintain your Member Information Center page within ChamberMaster, where you can post jobs, news, promotions and more. You will have a better understanding of ways to plug into the community and promote your business, plus you’ll get an opportunity to share information about your business with the group.
Members may upgrade their online Business Directory listing with an Enhanced Listing for $50. The Enhanced Listing has a few more features, such as logo, longer business description, ability to add bullets for products or services with URL links if desired, unlimited keywords for your listing, ability to add photos and video, as well as a search results icon. Plus, your business listing will appear at the top of the online Business Directory results for your category or alpha. You can view a sample Enhanced Listing here.
The SBDC at Trinity Valley Community College partners with the Chamber to host seminars focused on small businesses. Individual counseling sessions are also available to small business owners. The local SBDC rep is at the Chamber office on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. You can make an appointment by calling the office at 972-524-5703.
There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year for various events, such as Jubilee and the Auction. In addition, you can join various project committees or groups. One such group, The Hello Terrell Team, is the public relations arm of the Chamber. They welcome new members, assist with Chamber projects and events, and attend ribbon cutting, grand opening and groundbreaking events.
The Terrell Small Business Organization meets monthly and coordinates on a variety of events throughout the year, including Happy Days in Terrell America—National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day and Shop Home for the Holidays—Small Business Saturday.
Members are permitted to make a reservation to use the conference room at our office. It seats about 10 around the board table, and up to about 25 with seating around the perimeter. We have a smart TV that you can connect to wirelessly from most laptops to project or share your screen. To make a reservation, call 972-524-5703.