The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce promotes the economic well-being of the entire community and is a leading advocate for businesses and residents alike.
Chamber committees work in areas of common concern: economic development, tourism, local education, and more. Among the many benefits Chamber members receive are:
Networking - through numerous and frequent Chamber activities, business and community leaders network with each other to generate new business, develop solid leads, and build long-lasting friendships.
Business Promotion - through the on-line Member Directory, member goods and services are promoted to on-line visitors 24/7. The Chamber's membership information is constantly updated and is available as needed to all who wish to search by key word for the most current information, or by viewing an alphabetical or category listing. A listing of members by category is also printed in-house to insure current information is distributed to residents and area visitors through our Lake Wales Area Resident & Visitors Guide.
Members may also sponsor the Chamber's monthly activities, special events, and programs and receive additional exposure through the Chamber's publications, on-line, and at sponsored events. In addition, members are invited to provide flyers and business cards for distribution through the Chamber's Welcome Center, which is open Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm.
Educational - through the Chamber's newsletter, luncheon speakers, and educational seminars, members stay abreast of the latest business and community happenings.
Business/Sales Leads - access to Chamber member lists and other relevant business-building data provides solid business leads.
Credibility - Membership brings your business instant, recognized credibility with your customers.
Communicating With Members
A weekly Member News e-mail broadcast keeps members up-to-date on area activities and gives members an opportunity to communicate with fellow members on issues, special events, and business promotional activities. The Chamber also publishes event information and pictures, outlining current projects, board actions, and other events of interest to members on its facebook page..
General membership meetings are held on a regular basis where the Board President reports on the Chamber's activities. These meetings usually feature a speakers on subjects of current community interest. Monthly Business-After-Hours receptions sponsored and hosted by member businesses serve as additional networking opportunities.
Who Can Become a Member?
Any person, company, corporation, or civic organization interested in the welfare of the Lake Wales area may become a member by submitting a written application and by paying the appropriate annual dues.
How is the Chamber Funded?
The Chamber has a dues schedule based on the type of business and the number of employees represented by each of its member organizations. This dues schedule makes up a large portion of the Chamber's funding. The remainder is obtained through various fund-raisers, programs, events and educational activities conducted by the Chamber and sponsored by its members.
How can I Become a Member?
View the Chamber's printer-friendly Membership Application, print it out, and mail it with your check or credit card information, to:
Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce