What we do
celebrate // connect // educate // inform // promote
The Auburn Chamber is a dynamic, member-driven organization dedicated to making Auburn a better place to do business. Every chamber has a different look, personality, and set of benefits, but, in short, a chamber of commerce is the hub of the business community. The voice. The source of information. The place (in both a literal and figurative sense) to make connections, form partnerships, and deepen ties. The helping hand. The community cheerleader. A chamber of commerce is where businesses go to be part of the bigger picture.
If you look inside our doors on any given day, you’ll see seven very busy, dedicated staff members putting together the pieces of events and producing publications to showcase the business community and bring people together, providing information to help our members do business, celebrating accomplishments and milestones, building educational programs, meeting with business and community leaders, or creating opportunities for members to connect, meet one another, and get plugged in.
However, the success of our work depends on YOU. The Auburn Chamber is a membership organization that belongs to the members. Show up, pitch in, listen, give an opinion, connect, plug in. The community we’re building is yours, and our village takes a village.
— CELEBRATE —
We take our celebration responsibilities very seriously. We’re your biggest fans! We love gathering to celebrate a business opening, recognizing the wealth of talent in our community at our annual meeting, or surprising a community gem with a Customer Service Crown.
Best of Small Business Award // Customer Service Crown // Young Business Person of the Year Award // Lifetime Impact Award // Norm Caldwell Excellence in Industry Award // Auburn Opelika Tourism Partnership Award // Teague Award // Diplomat of the Year Award
Email Crystal McKelvy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to nominate a business or individual.
GRAND OPENINGS & RIBBON CUTTINGS
Whether you are opening a new business, have moved your business location or are simply celebrating a renovation or addition, we’ll be there with the ribbon, scissors and a camera! The Chamber will also coordinate with the City of Auburn to have the Mayor or Councilperson present to cut the ribbon.
Email Crystal McKelvy at email@example.com for details.
— CONNECT —
Connecting people and creating productive, community-strengthening partnerships are at the core of what we do. We are the hub of the business community. Whether it’s attending events, identifying and connecting with other members on social media, hosting an event or serving as a diplomat, there are limitless opportunities to find new customers, create new business partnerships and strengthen community ties. And having the benefit of a bird’s eye view of the business community, we’re always playing matchmaker; we refer and connect our members daily.
— EDUCATE —
The Auburn Chamber offers a number of professional development opportunities for members to take advantage of right here at home. No hotel or travel fees required! For more information on our events and programs, click here.
— INFORM —
Whether it’s details about the upcoming local election or information about the next concert coming to the Plains, we believe an informed business community is a stronger, more engaged community. We send a weekly e-newsletter and emails as needed. You’ll also find a chamber and community calendar on our website.
— PROMOTE —
The Auburn Chamber is always working to encourage members to shop with other members and the community to shop, dine and play right here at home.
MEMBER EVENTS PROMOTION
Call or email the Chamber with your special events and business milestones so that we can add them to our weekly e-newsletter. For information to be included in the weekly e-newsletters, email Kimberly VanderWal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members can also add their events to the chamber’s online calendar.
The Auburn Chamber offers a number of sponsorship opportunities that allow members to support the chamber while also increasing their visibility in the community. Create a custom package through Invest & Connect or choose a single event sponsorship. For details, email Stephanie Calhoun at email@example.com.
The Chamber has a presence at a number of radio stations—and we’re there to talk about you! We update everyone on upcoming Chamber events as well as member happenings like ribbon cuttings, grand openings, and celebrations.
LOBBY BROCHURE RACK
The brochure racks in the Chamber lobby are reserved for members to display brochures, business cards, and other business information. Stop by any time to bring us your information.
The Auburn Chamber partners with Auburn University each year to publish WELCOME, a relocation and community information guide. WELCOME is distributed on campus and throughout the community and is mailed to anyone who requests relocation information. Advertising is only available to members of the Auburn Chamber.
For more information on advertising in WELCOME, email Stephanie Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiring? The Auburn Chamber promotes jobs for free on the Auburn Chamber’s website. Email Kimberly VanderWal at email@example.com.
What else do we offer?
The Chamber’s Director of Finance is available to notarize documents for members. For an appointment, call the Auburn Chamber at (334) 501-3292.
A complete set of mailing labels (either all or main contacts) is available to members for $75. Labels can be sorted alphabetically or by zip code.
Let everyone know that your business is a proud supporter of the Auburn community with an Auburn Chamber decal on your front door. Want to advertise you are an Auburn Chamber member on your website? We’re happy to share our logo digitally upon request. If you need a member decal, call the Auburn Chamber at (334) 501-3292.
The Auburn Chamber works closely with Auburn-Opelika Tourism to bring visitors to our area to eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, stay in our lodging properties and spend their dollars with our members.
MEETING ROOM SPACE
The East Alabama Health Briefing Center can be used for meetings or set up classroom-style for training sessions, events, or presentations. Call the Chamber at (334) 501-3292 to reserve this space.