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Chamber drive starts soon to increase membership

The Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County hopes to expand its membership with an upcoming drive designed to do just that.
“In my experience with the Harrison County Chamber, I think it is one of the most active Chambers I’ve been exposed to,” said Barbara Middleton, district manager of Cinergy’s Corydon-Salem office and chair of the Membership Committee.
The Chamber’s Business After Hours, numerous seminars and other contacts are important networking tools for business, she said.
“There’s a whole gamut of benefits available to Chamber members,” she said.
Founded in 1933, the Chamber now numbers 450 members. The drive to increase membership will begin Aug. 1 and end Aug. 31. The goal is to increase by 100 members.
Any member is invited to participate in the drive, said Sarah D. Turpin, vice president of membership and public relations for the Chamber.
“They will be provided with information to go out and recruit,” she said. “About 25 percent of our members are out-of-county; we have listings showing that there are more than 1,000 businesses in Harrison County that are not members.”
Membership recruiters will vie for the top prize, an overnight stay at Caesars’ new hotel, dinner and breakfast; second place will be dinner at the Dock Restaurant in Leavenworth, and overnight stay at the Leavenworth Inn and breakfast at the Overlook.
But there will be other incentives as well. “Anyone who participates will get a gift certificate or discount coupons to various places,” Turpin said.
Membership for a first-time business is $150 for the year; $75 for non-profit groups and individual associates, $50.
“If people are interested in joining, they can call the Chamber, and we will have one of our recruiters contact them,” Turpin said. “There are many benefits to being a member of the Chamber, but the main reason to join is because it supports your business community.”
The number is 738-2137.