Become a member of the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce and not only will you receive great networking opportunities, but you will also receive the following benefits:
Business Advocate - The Chamber works as your voice at local, regional and state agencies on emerging critical issues that pertain to your business, organization or industry.
Business Before and After Hours – Our monthly Business Before Hours and Business After Hours aren’t just food and refreshments. Many social and business contacts take place at each mixer, and the contacts will benefit your business and staff. Only members may sponsor these events. To view a schedule of current Before and After hours, click here. To plan your event, click here.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies - The Chamber will arrange for city or county officials, Chamber Ambassadors, Board Members and community representatives to attend ribbon cuttings that promote a new business opening or expansion, new branch location or new management or ownership. This is a great way to get your business going in our community! Find out how to start planning your event here.
Business Expo - Showcase your services and/or products to the community at the annual Living the Good Life Expo. The Chamber offers you the opportunity to exhibit your business before hundreds of potential customers in one day.
Chamber Newsletter - Business Update, the Chamber’s twice-montly newsletter now published in The Free Press, will keep you up-to-date with information and developments relevant to the business community.
Membership Directory – You receive two free listings and may also purchase specialty advertising in the Chamber’s membership directory. This comprehensive listing of Chamber members is listed categorically and alphabetically and is distributed to local residents and businesses annually.
Internet Business Directory - All members are also listed free of cost on the Chamber’s Internet Business Directory for 24/7 access to your services. This online membership directory will provide a link to your company’s website along with contact information. Members may choose up to three different categories for their listing allowing visitors to search via category, keyword or alphabetically. Promotional upgrades for your business or organization’s listing are available for an additional fee.
Relocation Information/Visitor Packages - This package includes demographics, fact pamphlets, maps, calendar of events, visitor information, business information, etc. and is sent to anyone considering moving to or visiting Kinston and Lenoir County. Also included in this packet is the Membership Directory, providing information about your business or organization to others. The Chamber also offers Red Carpet services to potential new residents.
Mailing & Fax Listings - A list of the mailing addresses of Chamber members may be purchased by members only for a reasonable rate. This service allows you to market your business throughout Kinston and Lenoir County. Call the Chamber for details and pricing.
Monthly Relocation List - Find out who is planning to move to Lenoir County and begin marketing your business to them first.
Referral Service – It is The Chamber’s policy to refer only Chamber members to the hundreds of telephone, email and written requests by businesses and individuals. With the Chamber’s website, your business is set up for instant 24/7 referrals on our “Find a Business” page. The Chamber works to deliver potential customers and clients to your door, email box or website!
Networking and Special Events - Monthly mixers such as Business After Hours and Ribbon Cuttings aren’t the only way to get your business great exposure. Becoming a Chamber Ambassador also offers a multitude of networking opportunities. The Business Expo, Festival on the Neuse, Leadership Lenoir and Annual Meeting and Banquet are just a few others that offer the chance to mingle with fellow business associates and community members. All of these events, programs and more give members the chance to meet outside of regular Chamber meetings and get to know the other members.
Action Committees – The Chamber is a volunteer driven organization and members are always welcomed and encouraged to get involved in any of the vast array of Chamber committees. These various committees work on projects and programs that benefit your Chamber membership. Volunteering for a committee that interests you provides an excellent opportunity to work alongside community leaders and prospective new clients. There are several to choose from, so there’s sure to be one you’ll love. Click here to learn more about the committees and help shape the future of Kinston and Lenoir County.
Membership Decal - All members receive a decal to display in their establishment to let visitors know you are dedicated to representing Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and visit. This decal demonstrates your commitment to the community by becoming a part of the vision and strategies to keep Lenoir County great.
Hot Jobs/Hot Deals - Post job openings with your business or organization on the Chamber’s website and maintain those postings using your member login. You can also post coupons and deals for your business in the Hot Deals section. Postings run on a weekly basis.
Advertising and Marketing- You may advertise in the Member Business Directory, Chamber newsletter Business Update, Chamber website or choose a sponsorship opportunity from the variety of Chamber programs and activities planned each year. As a member, you receive two free listings in the Member Business Directory, the same listings on the Chamber Internet Business Directory and are acknowledged as a new member in the Business Update. For a list of rates associated with these opportunities, click here.
Brochures - Any member may display their business brochures by bringing a small supply by The Chamber. (We cannot accept large quantities due to limited space.) It will be the member’s responsibility to periodically check with us to see if their supply has run out.
Tax Deduction - Chamber membership is considered by the IRS to be a necessary business expense.
Access to other Chambers - Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce members with ten or less employees also enjoy federation partnership with the North Carolina Chamber Also accompanying your membership investment is a federation partnership with the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Interested in becoming a member of our Chamber? Fill out our application form.
To use these services, contact the Chamber at 252-527-1131.