Credibility: Membership brings credibility to your business by being identified as a member of the GMC. Consumers shop more at chamber of commerce businesses. When consumers know that a small business is part of a chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future* (*The Schapiro Study, 2019)
Visibility: Increase your prominence in the community, build contacts, and expand prospect base
Advertising: Grow and support your business with promotion through the Chamber and its sponsored events (bringing in over 12,000 visitors annually). Place advertising material in our Welcome Center which receives over 6,000 visitors annually.
Networking Opportunities: Connect with local business professionals and promote business-to-business contacts at quarterly mixers and Lunch and Learns.
Business Advocate: GMC represents local businesses at community (and state legislative) meetings.
Education: GMC provides workshops in areas most needed by newer business owners
GMC Promotes You through many marketing venues, including their website, social media, community events, and print advertising. We use our revenues to market Gulfport and, when possible, provide grants to non-profits (helping those who help others) and emerging artists.
Go here for more details on promoting your business.
This link will take you to a page where you can begin the application process and pay for your membership. If you would like to chat with someone first please contact us.
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Gecko Season will be here soon and we want your help to choose a theme for the 2023 festivities. We've created the Gecko World Theme Survey so you can select your favorite(s) from our ideas. Come on and join in the fun now in preparation for next year's celebration!