Programs & Services
The Chamber's many programs and services are designed to help you build, grow and promote your business.
The Cecil County Chamber serves as the voice of business at the county, state and local levels.
The Chamber's Government Relations Committee is made up of volunteers from local businesses of all types and sizes. The committee meets periodically throughout the year, and weekly from mid-January through early April when the Maryland State Legislature is in session. Chamber members are invited to attend any or all committee meetings to share information and views about pending legislation.
The Government Relations Committee often hosts state and local elected officials at regular committee meetings for candid discussions of business-related issues. The committee also hosts several special events each year, including State of the County Breakfast, Cecil Night in Annapolis, a Legislative Wrap-up at the end of the legislative session and a Legislative Preview prior to the start of the next year's session. In election years, candidate forums may also be coordinated and hosted by committee members. To register for these events, please click on the Chamber Events link to your left.
Business people need to meet and form relationships with other businesses in order to succeed. We make that happen through the quarterly Nonprofit Roundtable, monthly Business Card Exchanges, breakfasts, luncheons, and many other events. Serving on a committee is another good way to network. For information about networking events, simply click on the Chamber Events link to your left.
An important benefit of Chamber membership is our Members-First Referral Program. When someone calls the Chamber looking for a particular type of business, we always refer our members before mentioning non-members. Members can also track activity on their individual business listing on the Chamber's website.
Studies show that 63-percent of surveyed businesses and individuals are more likely to do business with companies who are involved with their local Chamber. We encourage you to proudly display your Chamber membership decal and talk about your membership with others. In doing so, you’re spreading the word that you're part of a high-caliber group of movers and shakers!
Advertising and Marketing
The Chamber offers many low-cost and no-cost ways to promote your business, goods and services. Opportunties include advertising on the Chamber's website, posting announcements about your business in Chamber eNews, an ad in the annual Community Guide and Business Directory or on the Chamber's official street and road map, placing an annual or monthly banner ad in Chamber eNews and eBlasts, hosting a Business Card Exchange, sponsoring programs and events, displaying your business cards and brochures in the Chamber office, volunteering on committees and at events, presenting a Lunch & Learn, and distributing your business information at Chamber events.
For information about these and other opportunities, please click on the Marketing Opportunties link to your left, or contact the Chamber office.
Sponsoring a a Chamber program or event is a great way to promote your business! Sponsorships of varying levels, including in-kind, are available for most Chamber programs and events. For sponsorship information, please contact the Chamber office.
Whether you're a new business owner or have been around for decades, you'll find numerous opportunties throughout the year to learn ways to build, grow and promote your business.
The Chamber is proud to partner with Cecil College and the Cecil County Office of Economic Development in presenting Cecil Leadership Institute. This valuable learning experience provides a framework where existing and emergig leaders in business, government and tourism engage, collaborate and commit to Cecil County's ongoing development.
Cecil Leadership Institue exposes you to diverse perspectives on issues affecting growth and prosperity. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive public recognition and a certificate of completion. Join the network of leaders who are building the future. Click here for a Cecil Leadership Insititute brochure and application.
Monthly Lunch & Learn sessions are informational sessions and discussions about issues of importance to our members and the business community overall. There are also seminars, webinars, Power Hours, and other educational presentations. You'll find something of value here, whatever the size or type of your business.
For more information, please click on the Chamber Events link to your left.
Together Chamber members accomplish what no one business can achieve alone.
Volume-buying programs enable our members to enjoy savings on things they use every day. For example, the Chamber's Commercial Energy Co-op program helps members manage electricity and natural gas costs. There's also a no-fee Residential Energy Co-op that's open to anyone - Chamber members and non-members - with a residential electricity or natural gas account. There really is power in numbers.
Our Office Depot program brings together the buying power of more than 900 chambers and their members from all over the country to provide savings on everyday items. The national Constant Contact online marketing program offers a different kind of discount for Chamber members.
Watch for additional savings programs and opportunties in the future! For details, please click on the Membership Benefits link to your left or contact the Chamber office.
Community Resource Program
Strong chambers make strong communities! Serving as a resouce on a wide variety of topics is a core program of the Chamber. Your Chamber staff regularly receives phonecalls and emails on everything from 'Where can I get a marriage license?' to 'What time is the fireworks display?' to 'Where is the soup kitchen?' In addition to our own membership directory, Chamber staff maintains a database of key contacts and websites, and provides information whenever called upon to do so.